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Ok I built my gaming pc 2 months ago and I'm thinking about adding 1.5 tb I already have one if I do get another I will raid it now is it worth it I am a HUGE GAMER and play games like mafia 2 Crysis Crysis 2 (when it comes out) AND all of those games have huge textures so you would think it would improve load time and a little texture performance I Like getting every bit of performance possible on a another note people say it doubles your rate of failure I have NEVER had an HDD fail so that doesn't worry me and I'm 14 its not like I'll lose some critical presentation the boss wants also my mobo is a asus 750i P5N-D and I was looking at its raid options in the bios it only says enable or disable on all the sata cables so how would I choose which RAID mode I want THX REP + to helpful People
    
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I have had an raid 0 Array for almost a year now and not a single problem, you will notice a a pretty good difference and since your only 14...no big worries on important documents and stuff if you have a fail
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How much are you looking to spend? I originally bought my Intel SSD for my OS, but then got sucked into putting WoW, SC2 and steam on it, but then it filled up. I looked at short striping and finally just coughed up the dough for a c300 that now houses all of my games.

The read speeds are amazing and make it so WoW loads outrageously faster as do Stalker, Crysis, etc.

If you have the cash, grab an SSD
post #4 of 15
1.5TB drives aren't usually performance drives, but going with Raid-0 will certainly help to speed things up (as you practically double your speed on reads and writes). Don't forget when you switch to raid-0 you will need to erase everything you have currently, so you will lose everything. That being said, once you connect your drives, go into the bios, and where you normally select IDE, ACHI, there should be an option that says Raid, select that, and then when you boot you will see a screen pop up for intel raid utility, it will help you format your drives and set up the raid options. Then you will obviously need to reinstall windows and all your programs.
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Do you have tons of money? If so, buy 3 of these and create a RAID0 array. Even 1 of those will perform faster than any HDD, and it gets faster if you access particular files often.

Here's a full review of them. Also, you can watch a great review by linustechtips here

Do not listen to any haters that'll talk **** about this particular HDD.
    
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How much are you looking to spend? I originally bought my Intel SSD for my OS, but then got sucked into putting WoW, SC2 and steam on it, but then it filled up. I looked at short striping and finally just coughed up the dough for a c300 that now houses all of my games.

The read speeds are amazing and make it so WoW loads outrageously faster as do Stalker, Crysis, etc.

If you have the cash, grab an SSD
I don't probably around 70 bucks but most small like 60 gb ssd are 120 bucks or more the reason I would do raid is because I already have a gigantic hard drive so yeah I buy my stuff from Compusa I LOVE THEM!
    
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1.5TB drives aren't usually performance drives, but going with Raid-0 will certainly help to speed things up (as you practically double your speed on reads and writes). Don't forget when you switch to raid-0 you will need to erase everything you have currently, so you will lose everything. That being said, once you connect your drives, go into the bios, and where you normally select IDE, ACHI, there should be an option that says Raid, select that, and then when you boot you will see a screen pop up for intel raid utility, it will help you format your drives and set up the raid options. Then you will obviously need to reinstall windows and all your programs.
Yeah I see that option but will it let me select which raid I want cause I dont want like 1 cause I don't need to back up anything
    
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I don't probably around 70 bucks but most small like 60 gb ssd are 120 bucks or more the reason I would do raid is because I already have a gigantic hard drive so yeah I buy my stuff from Compusa I LOVE THEM!
Cause of your budget, I suggest buying two Spinpoint F3s and creating a RAID0 array with them
    
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I have had an raid 0 Array for almost a year now and not a single problem, you will notice a a pretty good difference and since your only 14...no big worries on important documents and stuff if you have a fail
Cool THX
    
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post #10 of 15
Yes it will help. Don't look for a staggering increase though. RAID0 you can hope for a doubling of your HDD performance.


For Asus, you press CTRL+I instead of F10 on the boot driver screen I think. Make sure you have the driver's downloaded from ASUS' website.

On your BIOS it should be under Advanced or Boot options to change the setup to RAID.
    
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