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My sig rig currently has SSDs for boot drive and a 1TB Black Caviar for general purpose storage of nice videos... and... pretty pictures

Seriously though, I installed a few games on the SSD itself and I appreciate the load times a lot. At the load screen I would always load first making others think I have a beast of a system. However, I'm running out of space now and I'm thinking of going for 2 velos on RAID to install more games.

Would this be a wise desicion or just go for more Black Caviars? I haven't tried loading games from BCs and I even heard BCs are even faster than velos..

I don't plan on short-stroking or whatever. Just RAID 0. Oh and I can easily get 150GB HLFS velos for sub-100$.

A lot of advices would be appreciated! (+rep ^^)
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I came in here hoping you managed to find a few dinosaurs that had the capability of gaming.

Alas...
    
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I recently purchased the program "ultimate defrag". It has a graphical interface which literally lets you choose what files are located where on your hard disk. You can put the files you care about the most on the outside edge of the disk making them the fastest for reads.

You can also organize by file usage and put all the crap you have never even used on the inside edge of your disk freeing up the outside edge for all the stuff you care about.

It's a cool and relatively cheap tool for increasing the performance of your drives. Pretty neat!
    
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So big fishes that lay expensive eggs are just as fast as dinosaurs huh?
Edited by SupaFlanka - 2/6/11 at 3:47pm
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I recently purchased the program "ultimate defrag". It has a graphical interface which literally lets you choose what files are located where on your hard disk. You can put the files you care about the most on the outside edge of the disk making them the fastest for reads.

You can also organize by file usage and put all the crap you have never even used on the inside edge of your disk freeing up the outside edge for all the stuff you care about.

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Oh cool. So you're suggesting me to just go for Black Caviars huh?
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Oh cool. So you're suggesting me to just go for Black Caviars huh?
I think so. They are still really damn fast for hard disks and have way more storage than raptors.
    
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I think so. They are still really damn fast for hard disks and have way more storage than raptors.
Well, that's the thing. I don't need THAT much space for just games... it's not like I bought out the entire Steam games library..

I brought up this thread because I couldn't find any benchmarks between the two. HLFS Velociratpros vs. FAEX Black Caviars.

So I was thinking of going 2 150GBs HLFS velos on RAID 0 for under 200$. 300GBs seems like a good amount for games.

Speed is of the essence for me.
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I have my games on my Caviar Black connected to a SATA III port and I think it's fairly decent at load times.

Keep in mind that I do not have a SSD in my system so I haven't the slightest of how fast an SSD would be.

I liked the fact that the SSD came in a combo with my mobo for 250 total. So in essence it was $50.
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I'd go with caviar blacks. They're almost the same speed but with much more space.

I had L4D2 on my SSD but it was too fast, i still had to wait for everyone else to load each level before we could play anyway. lol
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Well, that's the thing. I don't need THAT much space for just games... it's not like I bought out the entire Steam games library..

I brought up this thread because I couldn't find any benchmarks between the two. HLFS Velociratpros vs. FAEX Black Caviars.

So I was thinking of going 2 150GBs HLFS velos on RAID 0 for under 200$. 300GBs seems like a good amount for games.

Speed is of the essence for me.
From what I've seen RAID 0 in itself is a crapshoot as you can lose everything you stored in the array if one drive takes a dump.

Now add some hard drives that don't have an exceptionally long life to begin with and you better hope you make some backups of your disks every time you add something.

I wouldn't RAID on the VRaptors but some may say otherwise.
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