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The problem:
How do I maximize performance in a linux gaming environment (also used for home theatre) on an 8 core AMD FX8320 processor before I begin to consider overclocking?
The solution: hardware, software, and experience?

The platform: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS x64
The Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0
The Ram: GSkill 4gb ddr3 (2x)2g 1866 pc3-14900 dual channel kit
The GPU: Radeon HD 6770
The HDD: needs upgrading... and the motherboard runs at 6.0Gb/s SATA so where do I go? I looked at SSD from different brands and WD's Raptor 10k drives and the new 15k rpm drives I'm hearing about. I want to run them striped for performance or another configuration that is centered around performance (verses data integrity) so that's my main concern when making a choice for the drives. Ideally I want drives that are fastest with the longest shelf life possible so I can avoid upgrading again for awhile aside from maybe more ram or a better (or second) Gpu.
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The problem:
How do I maximize performance in a linux gaming environment (also used for home theatre) on an 8 core AMD FX8320 processor before I begin to consider overclocking?
The solution: hardware, software, and experience?

The platform: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS x64
The Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0
The Ram: GSkill 4gb ddr3 (2x)2g 1866 pc3-14900 dual channel kit
The GPU: Radeon HD 6770
The HDD: needs upgrading... and the motherboard runs at 6.0Gb/s SATA so where do I go? I looked at SSD from different brands and WD's Raptor 10k drives and the new 15k rpm drives I'm hearing about. I want to run them striped for performance or another configuration that is centered around performance (verses data integrity) so that's my main concern when making a choice for the drives. Ideally I want drives that are fastest with the longest shelf life possible so I can avoid upgrading again for awhile aside from maybe more ram or a better (or second) Gpu.

For games you're really looking at getting 8GB of ram and a better GPU. The SSD won't help your FPS at all, only load times for levels/maps and your windows boot time will be better. As for a Raptor, yes it's alright but an SSD would be a wiser choice over a raptor right now. As long as your hard drive is right now a 7,200RPM drive that's fairly recent you shouldn't be having HDD problems.
 
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I use a lot of VR 500GB/1TB since they can be had on sale for like $85/$140, and provide everything needed for a light access server.
15krpm 2.5" SAS are great, but you need an SAS HBA or ideally HW RAID controller, and buying new the drives are very expensive. Get some 1-2yr old ones (300/450GB most common) for $15-30/ea off CL tho and it's worth the price of the card.

For the OS, don't use anything other than R1 if you must use RAID, which will give up to 2x reads even tho writes are about 15-20pct slower than a single drive. Most of the IO will be reads for what you want, so it's much better to have redundancy and little/no downtime with the benefit of boosted reads, than a fragile R0.

For such light usage, I don't think you really need anything more than consumer level SATA 7200rpm for the main drives.
Just get a cheap SSD for the OS, 120GB, and maybe even a second, smaller (64GB) one for write caching if you are using RAID6 (RAID5 not recommended).
   
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