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I'm guessing i don't need very big ones, as i already have almost 6TB of storage, so only OS, and installed programs.

would 2x30GB be sufficient?


I was just looking at the Patriot PS-100 Solid State Drive - 32GB for 79.99 CAN, and it seems like it has high Read/Writes. Any good?
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i'd skip 30GB's and get 64GB's for raid 0. 60gb is simply not enough imo. Im kicking myself for only going 64gb.
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Are you a gamer? What programs do you use?

That Patriot SSD uses a Phison controller. Check this out:
http://www.overclock.net/hard-drives...ml#post8032249
Edited by coelacanth - 1/14/11 at 4:48pm
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yeah, i am a gamer, but once I'm done/beat a game, remove it.

Other than that i have some photo shop, and dvd burning/converting, normal stuff i would say.
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get 2 60gb c300's, they have very aggresive garbage collection so they hold up pretty well in situations where trim is not available
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yeah, i am a gamer, but once I'm done/beat a game, remove it.

Other than that i have some photo shop, and dvd burning/converting, normal stuff i would say.
OK I'd advise against 2 x 32GB then. The space goes quick.
Formatted, you're going to get less than 64GB, probably closer to 60GB.
15GB W7
6GB pagefile
(you can remove hiberfil)
I had 2 x 64GB and I ran out of space and had to add another, though I have a bunch of games.

What's your budget?

Unless you have your heart set on RAID 0 SSDs (and let's face it, RAID 0 SSD is awesome), I'd recommend trying to find a 128GB SSD for about $160 CAD. I've seen them for that price in the States w/ rebate, but looks like SSDs may be a little more pricey in Canada?
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OP, if you run SSDs in Raid. You won't have Trim
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What is TRIM?
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What is TRIM?
TRIM is a command that Windows 7 sends an SSD to erase unused blocks while the drive is idle. This means that next time around, writes will be a lot faster, since the erase won't have to be contemporaneous the next time the block it used.

With RAID 0 you lose TRIM, so performance of the SSD will degrade over time. But many SSD controllers have native GC (Garbage Collection) which functions like the TRIM command.

I have 3 SandForce SSDs in RAID 0 and so far performance hasn't degraded (as far as I can tell) since SandForce has pretty good garbage collection.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TRIM_%28SSD_command%29
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What is TRIM?
"Trim" is a command that Windows 7 sends to the SSD to tell it to delete files that you have deleted!
On a HDD.When you delete a file, the OS just marks it deleted! Then data is just written over it!
But with a SSD, the data has to be deleted first. Before that part of the drive can have data written to it again! So the "trim" command!

Without Trim, once all the blocks on the SSD have been written to once. Any more writes would be slower because the drive would have to delete then write from now on!
But with "Trim" the blocks would already be clean
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