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Hello all,
I am starting to build a new computer. I am planning on building a Asus Z87i-pro mobo, with a Intel i7-4770k. My question is what would be a ideal hard drive setup for speed and reliability? I was thinking about getting two Samsung 840 pro 256 gb in Raid 0 for Windows 8 and then I was thinking a 1tb hdd setup to use as data storage, i.e. movies and music and such. I kind of haven't done much research in building a computer in a couple of years, then SSD's weren't the best as writing degraded them. I know alot has changed are SSD's good enough now to use for everyday use or is it still more reliable to have a spinner to store files. If you were building a setup of your choice what would you do as I am open to anything!
post #2 of 6
One 840 pro (256 or 512) and two spinners in RAID 1

I use:
1 x 840 pro (OS and programs)
2 X 1Tb spinners in RAID 1 (media)
1 x 1 Tb spinner for all the other stuff.

Works well.
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SSD Raid 0 is gonna have diminishing returns with booting Windows. I would opt for one SSD for windows and core files, and 2 1tb hdd's in raid 0 for the rest.

SSD's now are pretty much on par with HDD with reliability. Especially if you take in the fact that there are no moving parts.
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Originally Posted by CptChiggs View Post

and 2 1tb hdd's in raid 0 for the rest.

Raid 0 for data and backup? What, does he want to save pictures/music real fast? Do fast backups?

I'd trade the speed of RAID 0 for the reliability of RAID 1 where I didn't need the speed.
Of course there is he size issue, but HDDs are really cheap. I bought 2 Seagate 1TBs from the egg for $89, delivered.
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2 X Samsung 915N Ducky Shine III, Blue Cherry/Blue LEDs PCP&C 1kw Lian Li PC-71 (W/Window) 
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Samsung 840 PRO Asus DRW-1608P (x2) Custom Water Cooling Win7 (Ult), Win 8.1 & Win Server 2012 R2 
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2 X Samsung 915N Ducky Shine III, Blue Cherry/Blue LEDs PCP&C 1kw Lian Li PC-71 (W/Window) 
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Raid 0 for data and backup? What, does he want to save pictures/music real fast? Do fast backups?

I'd trade the speed of RAID 0 for the reliability of RAID 1 where I didn't need the speed.
Of course there is he size issue, but HDDs are really cheap. I bought 2 Seagate 1TBs from the egg for $89, delivered.

Not everyone can fit all their major programs onto one SSD. I sure can't.

I simply opted for something less expensive while maintaining speed.
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just get a 1TB SSD?

And another 1TB or 2TB for backup.
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