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Best SSD/HDD setup for recording with Dxtory

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
SO im thinking of spending up to $300 to get a nice HDD/SDD setup for recording with Dxtory. Any ideas? Run 2 SSD's in Raid? Run 2 HDD's in RAID? GEt on large SSD? I really have no clue. Currently, all i have is a Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 7200 RPM 1TB hardrive that has a write speed of about 85-95 MBPS. Honestly i dont know much about harddrives, but im willing to learn!
post #2 of 9
What are your specs and whats your resolution?

I wouldn't bother with raid. You could record to the SSD and then copy your recordings over to the 1tb drive.

For SSDs I would say 64GB - 128GB would do you fine.

I would go for 128GB personally. The price difference doesn't really make sense in my opinion given the $300 budget.

Samsung 840 (non-pro) $109.99
Plextor M5P $127.99
OCZ Vertex 450 $127.99

If you want a hard drive instead I would say a Seagate ST1000DM003 (1TB) or a Seagate ST2000DM001 (2tb)

With the money you save I would put it towards a new GPU, but I don't know you set up so I can't really comment.
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
SO here are my Specs:

Operating System
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1

Intel Core i7 2600 @ 3.40GHz

20.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 665MHz
Intel Corporation DP67BG

1024MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 (Gigabyte)
Overclocked to:
Core Clock: 950 Mhz
Shader Clock: 1844 Mhz
Memory Clock: 2008 Mhz
*256 bit bus width

VX2450 SERIES (1920x1080@60Hz)
Acer AL1916W (1440x900@75Hz)

Hard Drives
1TB Seagate ST31000524AS

Power Supply
Thermaltake 750W Tr2 Rx Bronze

Optical Drives

Logitech G930 Headset
post #4 of 9
Are you sure about your ram speed?

I presume your recording in 1080p; I would recommend the Samsung 840 and spend what you have left on another gpu.

I wouldn't recommend putting the 560 Ti in SLI because of the 1GB vram. But if you wanted to EVGA have a b-stock 560 TI for $79.99 with a years waranty.

Newegg have a 7950 for $219.99 after a rebate, I don't know if your interested (because it will go over budget) but it might be worth considering.

But with the 9000 seires reportedly coming out in September / October, it might be worth waiting for the prices to go down.
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
Considering getting a new GPU later. Want to spend the money right now maybe on one ssd for boot and programs and another for recording.
post #6 of 9

Boot Drive and programs: Samsung 840 EVO 128GB $109.99 and free shipping from newegg.
Recording drive: Samsung 840 EVO 256GB $189.99 and free shipping from newegg.

For the recording drive you could just get another Samsung 840 EVO 128GB record to that and then copy that over to a larger hard drive for storage. Either using your current drive or another hard drive, the new Seagates might be a good option.
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
I read somewhere in the forum saying something about running 2 1TB WD Blue Drives in RAID to get some insane speed or something light that. THey also mentioned something about platter sizes. Care to explain any of that?
post #8 of 9
Raid and I presume your talking about Raid-0 will mainly increase your sequential speeds and your random data transfers. Sequential write speed and access time are pretty important in my opinion for what you are doing.

Raid-0 does improve sequential speeds but does not help access times. More importantly if one drive fails all of your data is lost.

Raid-0 mechanical drives would not make sense compared to a SSD as the SSD is usually faster and raid performance can be dependent on your SATA chipset; if I remember correctly there was a bug in the Intel chipset used in the P67 boards.

Intel have a program that can check for the flaw, but I will presume you do not have it.

Raid would not really be worth it in my opinion.

Hard drives have platters and the density of the platter influence performance, reliability and cost.

A 1tb platter density is the latest at the moment. Basically your fitting more data in the same amount of space.

So as your hard drive is spinning a 7200rpm (for example) it can effectively get to the data faster than a hard drive with a lower density as it is a lot closer together. The only downside is that access times increase.

The less platters you have the less you have to fail and again the less platters you have to include the cheaper it becomes for the consumer.

The WD Black was the fastest consumer drive that WD made until the WD10EZEX came out, or the 1TB WD Blue. The Black would be worth considering due to a 5 year warranty opposed to a 3 year warranty of the Blue.

The more platters you have the more performance you can get. A drive with 2, 1TB platters would outperform a drive with 1, 1TB platter.
post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
So I was looking around and I found these ssd's. Would they suffice?


Edited by TCPCMelville - 8/15/13 at 5:35am
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