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Ok, this wekend I will begin building the rig. It's been a while, and Ihave never worked with a ssd before. I got a sandisk 256 gig ssd, and I also have two pretty new WD caviar black 1 tb drives that I will zero out. I know to load the op on the ssd with no other drives in for my boot drive, but how should I use the two caviars? Set up a raid array? Do I use them to load programs? How do you guys set your rigs up?


MSI Z77 MPOWER LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
MSI Z77 MPOWER Optimized (Yellow LED) DDR3 1600 16GB Kit (4 x 4GB)
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155
CORSAIR HX Series HX1050 1050W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready
2x EVGA 02G-P4-2660-KR GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5
COOLER MASTER HAF XM RC-922XM-KKN1
CORSAIR Hydro series H50 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
SanDisk Ultra Plus SDSSDHP-256G-G25 2.5" 256GB SATA III
2 Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB hard drives
1 Western Digital Green 1TB for backup files
Plextor PX-L890SA and Plextor PX-880SA Optical Drives

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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I prefer to keep things simple, so I'd just have the two standard HDDs operate separately.

As for loading suggestions, I prefer to load the OS and oft-used key programs (MS Office, utilities, graphics editors) on the SSD and keep bulk data like games and videos on the HDDs.

Of course, there's really no "wrong" way to go.
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Agreed with svenge - keep the Caviar Blacks as separate drives. You could maybe consider something like RAID1 if you want the redundancy, for example. But, most people just keep the spinners for documents/media files, etc... How are you going to use your rig? Mostly gaming? Any multimedia work? Give us an idea of what you'll do and I'm sure you'll get lots of good suggestions. smile.gif
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Sounds pretty much like what I've been doing. I'll use the rig for email and internet, of course, but I do video editing, and gaming. My old rig was pretty much pushed to the limit with Bioshock Infinite, and I started getting BSOD 124, graphics drivers, but I kinda think the rig was maxed out.
I will probably do a fresh Windows 7x64 Ultimate edition install and get it all updated, get email and such setup, and do an Acronis full backup.
How about loading all my programs and games on a hhd at that point? I'm thinking the ssd would be drive 0, and the program drive would be drive 1. Sound right?

As games roll out in the next couple of years they will just be more demanding, so that was what pushed me into this new build. Had never got a BSOD before for any reason. Just don't think my old rig could keep up, and had a sneaky suspicion my Gigabyte GA-P55 board had developed issues.

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I will probably do a fresh Windows 7x64 Ultimate edition install and get it all updated, get email and such setup, and do an Acronis full backup.

How about loading all my programs and games on a hhd at that point? I'm thinking the ssd would be drive 0, and the program drive would be drive 1. Sound right?

Sounds exactly right.
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Sounds pretty much like what I've been doing. I'll use the rig for email and internet, of course, but I do video editing, and gaming. My old rig was pretty much pushed to the limit with Bioshock Infinite, and I started getting BSOD 124, graphics drivers, but I kinda think the rig was maxed out.
I will probably do a fresh Windows 7x64 Ultimate edition install and get it all updated, get email and such setup, and do an Acronis full backup.
How about loading all my programs and games on a hhd at that point? I'm thinking the ssd would be drive 0, and the program drive would be drive 1. Sound right?

As games roll out in the next couple of years they will just be more demanding, so that was what pushed me into this new build. Had never got a BSOD before for any reason. Just don't think my old rig could keep up, and had a sneaky suspicion my Gigabyte GA-P55 board had developed issues.

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Yup, it sounds like you're on the right track. I would think about putting all your programs on the SSD for what it's worth. Same as your SSD, my Vertex4's give me 256GB too and it's been plenty of room even with some games installed as well. But that's your call of course - just some food for thought. smile.gif

One other thing you can think about, if you use the default user folders (Docs/Music/Pictures, etc...) in Windows 7. You can remap these folders to another drive. Just open the User Folder on the start menu, right-click on the folder you want to move. Go to Properties -> Location and then browse for a new folder on one of your HDD's. This will keep most documents and stuff off the SSD and free up some space. thumb.gif
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Thanks everyone. I appreciate the input!

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Yup, it sounds like you're on the right track. I would think about putting all your programs on the SSD for what it's worth. Same as your SSD, my Vertex4's give me 256GB too and it's been plenty of room even with some games installed as well. But that's your call of course - just some food for thought. smile.gif

One other thing you can think about, if you use the default user folders (Docs/Music/Pictures, etc...) in Windows 7. You can remap these folders to another drive. Just open the User Folder on the start menu, right-click on the folder you want to move. Go to Properties -> Location and then browse for a new folder on one of your HDD's. This will keep most documents and stuff off the SSD and free up some space. thumb.gif

This is exactly what I have done with mine. I just mapped my documents, music, videos, pictures and downloads to one of my HDD's. It works out great that way. I definitely recommend installing your most used programs on the SSD like you guys mentioned. Performance is night and day on some stuff.
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