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Ok, finally getting myself into SSD's

Have been looking around the egg and have found that in some cases getting two smaller drives is cheaper than getting one big one.

Specifically I am looking at 120 vs. 240 GB

Now which should I do, they are both about the same price in the end.

Should I run two 120 GB in RAID 0 theoretically giving me more performance or is the gained performance in the end make them the same as the single 240 GB drive but with a lot more hassle?
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Most use SSD's for their OS, so RAID will do nothing to improve a boot-up.

If you will use the SSD other then for your OS then go bigger - 240GB. RAID for SSD will not result in anything other then if you just want to bench.

You will find lots of answers here;

http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-optimization-guide-for-ssds-hdds/3850#post_18271087
 
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Most use SSD's for their OS, so RAID will do nothing to improve a boot-up.

If you will use the SSD other then for your OS then go bigger - 240GB. RAID for SSD will not result in anything other then if you just want to bench.

You will find lots of answers here;

http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-optimization-guide-for-ssds-hdds/3850#post_18271087

Didn't know there was any other point in using an SSD other than as a main drive. (OS, a few games and apps)

Pretty much all I am looking for is a yes or no. Will running two small SSD's in RAID 0 be faster than one large SSD?

Don't care about boot time, it is more of game load time and overall "snappyness" of the apps and OS itself.


EDIT: oh and the other question I thought of was; What are some good brands when it comes to SSD's? I was looking at OCZ agility ones but some say that these are bad.
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single larger SSD. Get one on sale, more info in my links.
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Ok, finally getting myself into SSD's
Have been looking around the egg and have found that in some cases getting two smaller drives is cheaper than getting one big one.
Specifically I am looking at 120 vs. 240 GB
Now which should I do, they are both about the same price in the end.
Should I run two 120 GB in RAID 0 theoretically giving me more performance or is the gained performance in the end make them the same as the single 240 GB drive but with a lot more hassle?

hey there! i actually went through this myself.

i almost went with the 120gb but i'm glad that i went with a 256gb one. the OS alone and a few programs already puts you at ~40-50gb or so (depending on what important programs you use). i wanted to put some of my games in there, and at the moment with win7, gw2, d3, sc2, bf3, and league of legends.. they load and play very well.. with only using around 120 or so gb. but i have more room to work with.

i feel like the 120gb won't be enough unless you just want to make it a boot drive. i myself enjoy it very much, and i still do plan on grabbing another drive just for my files. but definitely go with the 250gb and you can put some awesome programs/games with it and enjoy how fast it is.
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single larger SSD. Get one on sale, more info in my links.

At first the two 120's looked like a good idea but from reading and the hassles from it all... Found a mushkin enhanced chronos deluxe for a decent price. will be watching it to see if it goes on sale here for the next few weeks.
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hey there! i actually went through this myself.

i almost went with the 120gb but i'm glad that i went with a 256gb one. the OS alone and a few programs already puts you at ~40-50gb or so (depending on what important programs you use). i wanted to put some of my games in there, and at the moment with win7, gw2, d3, sc2, bf3, and league of legends.. they load and play very well.. with only using around 120 or so gb. but i have more room to work with.

i feel like the 120gb won't be enough unless you just want to make it a boot drive. i myself enjoy it very much, and i still do plan on grabbing another drive just for my files. but definitely go with the 250gb and you can put some awesome programs/games with it and enjoy how fast it is.

I wasn't looking at size differences, either way I was ending with about 240 gb of space, it was just do I get two 120GB and run RAID 0 or just one 240.
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