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Hi guys, I'm new here and need some guidance.

I'm looking to build a new gaming PC with some top spec hardware. The help I need is related to the HDD's. I have looked at some of the threads in here for speeds and benchmarks but still need advice.

Shall I buy 2x 150gb(ish) SCSI in raid 0, with controller card.

or 2x 150gb(ish) SATA2 WD Raptors in raid 0.

The cost is not an issue before I get any responses about bang-per-bucks. I am purely after some damn fast, if not THE fastest drive solution possible!

CSQuake.
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Hi guys, I'm new here and need some guidance.

I'm looking to build a new gaming PC with some top spec hardware. The help I need is related to the HDD's. I have looked at some of the threads in here for speeds and benchmarks but still need advice.

Shall I buy 2x 150gb(ish) SCSI in raid 0, with controller card.

or 2x 150gb(ish) SATA2 WD Raptors in raid 0.

The cost is not an issue before I get any responses about bang-per-bucks. I am purely after some damn fast, if not THE fastest drive solution possible!

CSQuake.
SCSI drives will win in data transfee hands down to sata drives. Thought the biggest scsi drivees im aware of are 20-40gb each and those cost few hundred dollars let alone a controler card which is easliy $300+ for a decent one. lets say 1000 dolars or your curency = you could get around 1 controler card and 3 scsi drives for up to around 60gb vs mabey 6 sata raptor drives in raid-0 thuse easily surpassing scsi performance.
    
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don't waste your money.

Get a good SATA RAID controller instead. 4 7200 RPM drives easily beats out 1 15K drive. If you really wanna go crazy, put together 8 raptors in RAID 5, that'll be insane (don't do 8 drives in RAID 0, there's too high of a chance of failure)

If you really want to go crazy, and don't care how much money it costs:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16816151005

Get that with 16 raptors, you won't be beat.
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Many thanks for your help guys. I spent 6 hours researching SCSI and its benefits, cost etc. And reading your responses.

I reckon I'll stick with a raptor X and focus the money elsewhere. It just doesn't seem to offer a massive benefit which I was hoping for.

Thanks again.
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Many thanks for your help guys. I spent 6 hours researching SCSI and its benefits, cost etc. And reading your responses.

I reckon I'll stick with a raptor X and focus the money elsewhere. It just doesn't seem to offer a massive benefit which I was hoping for.

Thanks again.

What price range are you looking at on Hard Drives and RAID? How much storage do you need?

$200+ RAID controller are very nice. Onboard RAID can only do around 150-200MB/s but a smart RAID controller can do 300MB/s or more.
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Hi guys, I'm new here and need some guidance.

I'm looking to build a new gaming PC with some top spec hardware. The help I need is related to the HDD's. I have looked at some of the threads in here for speeds and benchmarks but still need advice.

Shall I buy 2x 150gb(ish) SCSI in raid 0, with controller card.

or 2x 150gb(ish) SATA2 WD Raptors in raid 0.

The cost is not an issue before I get any responses about bang-per-bucks. I am purely after some damn fast, if not THE fastest drive solution possible!

CSQuake.
I would say Areca 1210 PCIe 8X SATA controller with 4 Perps in RAID 5 would give you around 175 averrage read and over 600 in burst...

$300 for card and another $300 in drives and you will rule the bandwidth!
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Thanks for the recommendation Cyber... I need to get a new card.
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maybe using the cheetah 15,000rpm drive's or even the 30,000rpm drive's if you wanted the best sustained speed

there not cheap though.
    
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maybe using the cheetah 15,000rpm drive's or even the 30,000rpm drive's if you wanted the best sustained speed

there not cheap though.
30K RPM drives? Where?!

BTW, it was already discussed that those are SCSI HDs and a controller card would be quite expensive. SATA HDs with a smart RAID controller can get close to the same results for much less.
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from what I gather a raid controller card and perp. drives is the way to go.
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