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I built my desktop I think 4 years ago now and I've slowly been adding to it and with this most recent Christmas I completely re-did almost the entire thing.

My current specs are as follows:

Intel Core i7 950
Asus Sabertooth mobo
24GB of DDR3 G.Skill http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231356 (I now realize a tad overkill)
Thermaltake Pure Power 680 PSU
2x sony dvd drives connected through SATA.
Asus GTS 450 Top, 2nd one will be here Friday. (I know not the top, but 2 will be plenty for my gaming needs)

My old specs were:
Intel Core 2 Duo
Asus P5K-E
4x Corsair DDR2 1GB sticks
Same PSU
Same DVD drives
ATI X1800XT

Now my biggest questions is about hard drives.

Before I have used a WD740GD (those 10K rpm raptors) as my boot drive. Things seem to work pretty fast. As of right now I am temporarily using a WD 2TB green HDD. (I was to excited to back everything up and do the fresh install on the raptor). I can tell things are slower...even with the immense boost in every other department.

In total my system has:

1x WD740GD [74GB]
2x WD1001FALS (Caviar Black) [1TB a piece]
1x WD20EARS [2TB]

My mobo has 2x 6.0Gbs [SATA III whichever you prefer] and 6x 3.0Gbs.

What my main question is, to get the most out of the specs that I have, and for reasonable money (Just a freshmen in college, have lots of years to pay for still) what would be my best setup?

Should I buy 2 of the Crucial Real SSD's that have SATA 6.0Gbs, and put them in RAID 0? Although I could only afford buying 2 of the 64GB drives. Or would it be worth it to buy 1 of the 128GB models, and buy a second in the future? The write speed appears to be a lot faster than the 64GB model.

Or for the super cheap I could buy a 2nd WD740GD drive..This option is temping because those 10K drives are pretty speedy and it'd be super cheap, however it uses SATA 1.5Gbs and in RAID 0 would it still even perform well with the rest of my specs?

There's a lot of options, so if you guys could give me advice what I should do and what drives I should get to make the most of my systems new specs I'd appreciate it.

Also I've noticed Opera has been running a lot slower since the upgrade, could that be due to the hard drive?

And last question, even with 24GB of RAM, Windows 7 still gives it a 7.5...any particular reason why it wouldn't be the full 7.9? I know the whole rating thing isn't that important, especially the difference between 7.5 and 7.9, but I'm just curious why it still isn't rated completely full.

Thanks so much!
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I am not sure about the WEI but I wouldnt worry so much about that... 24G Ram is complete overkill and a complete waste of money for the average person... I would concider selling one of those kits. I would shy away from the 64GB SSD's because usually the 120GB have a little better performance. If you have the money I would say buy a very nice 120GB for your OS and major applications/games you play. I dunno if you would be able to tell the difference in running them in Raid0 but I think that is a waste of money in SSD personally...
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If space isnt the issue go for the ssd's you will love them smile.gif
I've got 1 120gb vertex2 50gb for windows and rest for Steam perfect for my needs for now
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One word SANDY BRIDGE would be the better upgrade and is better than the i7 950 just my opinion.
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So getting a C300 would definitely be the best option then? Well then I will probably invest in the 128GB model sometime in the near future.

As a setup what do you guys think of this and how it would perform:

C300 128GB boot drive
2x WD Black 1TB in RAID 0 as data storing disks
Then have the WD Green 2TB hard drive serve as strictly a backup drive of the 2 1TB drives in RAID 0
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