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Hi! I've been using a 1TB Caviar Blue as my OS drive for about 3 years now, and I desperately need an upgrade.
Booting up, I usually have to wait 5-10 minutes until everything is loaded for the computer to become usable, which is partially my fault as well.

For my new storage setup, this is what I had in mind:
SSD: SanDisk X210 256GB - $199.00
HDDs: 2x WD Caviar Blue 1TB in RAID 0, for data and games that I'm not playing at the time.

What do you think? Should I go with another SSD/HDD? I'll be getting them from the list here.

Thank you!

EDIT: Also, would this work well with my board? Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3.
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looks good too me just make sure you backup your data when running a raid 0 if you have any data you cant afford to loss smile.gif
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Does RAID improve game loading times?
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Hi! I've been using a 1TB Caviar Blue as my OS drive for about 3 years now, and I desperately need an upgrade.
Booting up, I usually have to wait 5-10 minutes until everything is loaded for the computer to become usable, which is partially my fault as well.

For my new storage setup, this is what I had in mind:
SSD: SanDisk X210 256GB - $199.00
HDDs: 2x WD Caviar Blue 1TB in RAID 0, for data and games that I'm not playing at the time.

What do you think? Should I go with another SSD/HDD? I'll be getting them from the list here.

Thank you!

EDIT: Also, would this work well with my board? Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3.

yes to the ssd a big NO to the raid0 WD blue drives.

get a wd Black as a single drive.
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yes to the ssd a big NO to the raid0 WD blue drives.

get a wd Black as a single drive.
Why? I've heard, and in my experience, the blue drives are actually superior to the Black. I'm referring to the EZEX model.
I've used several of them in build and have had nothing but good experience, and no failures.
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Why? I've heard, and in my experience, the blue drives are actually superior to the Black. I'm referring to the EZEX model.

the performance gain you will get in the blues over a single black is almost non.

Blues are also not recommended for raid.

blacks have a 5 year guarantee also with the raid also has a huge factor of loosing data and since you are running the onboard raid if you mess up your board you will probably loose all your data.

so just to many factor that i dont like.
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I wouldn't put blacks in RAID either. Non enterprise WD drives all lack TLER.
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the performance gain you will get in the blues over a single black is almost non.

Blues are also not recommended for raid.

blacks have a 5 year guarantee also with the raid also has a huge factor of loosing data and since you are running the onboard raid if you mess up your board you will probably loose all your data.

so just to many factor that i dont like.
The Blues are cheaper than Blacks. I agree with the 5 year warranty though.
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I wouldn't put blacks in RAID either. Non enterprise WD drives all lack TLER.
So I should grab some WD Reds then?
They are on promo at PCCG for $89 1TB.
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WD Red may not have the performance that you desire.
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I just got a bunch of hgst deskstar nas 4tb hdds. Stellar drive, good performance, silent, runs cool. Wd owns hgst now but these hdds are the old hitachi deskstar 7200 drives with nas firmware. The wd blacks are probably better but cost more, run hotter, and are audible. For data storage this is a good drive. I avoided the wd reds because of the 8 second head parking interval issues they had. Should be fixed now but I already lost trust in that model.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 4670k Asus Maximus VII Gene Powercolor PCS+ AXR9 290 Crucial Ballistix Sport Very Low Profile 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
Crucial m500 SSD LG GGC H20L Bluray/HDDVD combo drive Watercool Heatkiller IV Pro all copper Alphacool NexXxoS XT45 420 radiator 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Alphacool NexXxoS XT45 280 radiator Watercool Heatkiller GPU-X3 290X Windows 8.1 Qnix QX2710LED 27" 2560x1440 monitor 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech K360 wireless keyboard EVGA 1000w P2 Phanteks Enthoo Primo white Logitech Performance MX wireless mouse 
AudioOther
Cyber Acoustics 3602a Western Digital Red 6tb HDD 
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