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I am in the process of upgrading my current build due to tax return time, to accommodate DX11, Win7, and more storage space.
The only problem is storage.
I currently have 1 750GB HDD
but want to upgrade to 1-60GB SDD, 1-750 HDD, and 1- 2tb HDD
preferably having my 750 for my OS install, the SDD for my install of SC2 and WoW, and the 2TB for extra music/movies/whatever.
Im not sure if this is possible.
The reasoning for the SSD is for quicker load-times, better responses etc.
That is mainly for WoW, as I tend to run lots of Endgame/hardmodes, were response time/Lag time/FPS spikes can cause a wipe.

So my question is, Is this possible?
If so, would it be a raid configuration?
this kind of system building is way out of my league and i have no experience or knowledge with it.

Thank you in advance.

Current set up:
Mobo- EVGA nForce 780i SLI
Ram- 4gb DRR2
GPU- EVGA 9600 GT
CPU- Intel Core2 Quad Q9300
Storage- 750gb HDD
OS- Vista 64bit Home Premium.
Display- Currently HDMI via DVI adapter.

Replacements/addons.
Storeage-
60GB SSD
2TB HDD
OS- Win7 64bit Home premium
GPU- Gigabyte GeForce 560 Ti SOC \\
Display- HDMI mini to HDMI cable
post #2 of 4
It is possible to have 2 HDDs and one SSD in the same rig, why wouldn't it be?

However if you meant to put in RAID the 750GB and the 2TB HDDs, this wouldn't work. The only requirements for RAID are to have 2 identical disks and to have RAID support on the motherboard (which you do). With 2 identical drives you could place them in RAID1 and have all info mirrored on the secondary drive, or you could create a RAID0 and have twice the speed.

Installing OS on the HDD and games on the SSD isn't ideal. When you play a game, aside from loading the game itself the OS must supply the game access to drivers, virtual memory, directX, etc. Having the game on the SSD improves only loading times, but running the game will continue to be limited by the fact the OS is on the HDD. Imho the best way is to place the OS and the game on the SSD. Win7 takes some 20GB, WOW & SC2 can't possibly need 40GB+.
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unfortunately you are wrong on the size
WoW as it currently stands sits at 30gb
Ive seen it as high as 35+ on peoples rigs that store every screenshot they ever take, and have a million and 1 Addons.
SC2 on the other hand is much slimmer, sitting at just under 9gb.

That would put it just under the 60gb total (including the OS)
that dosnt leave me with much room for future wow patches (they like to drop 1-2gb content patches frequently), OS updates, SC2 maps+patches, etc.

so having them on all on a raid0 or raid5 (im assuming) would be the best option.
im still not entirely sure how i would specify having the OS and WoW installed on only the SSD and having all my other crap (zune, music, etc) on the HDDs.
would all that be selectable when i make my partition during my first install?
such as having C: be the SSD, D: E: F: etc be on the HDD?
ive never even tried having multiple hard drives in one rig, so im full of questions and in need of guidance
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My bad, didn't think WOW can be as big as that. In this case I have to admit a 60GB is too small, and I stand by my take that placing the OS on the HDD and the games on the SSD is a bad idea for the reasons in my first post.

There is another thing that may fit you quite well. A hybrid HDD is a normal HDD with plenty of space that also has an SSD buffer, here's a review of the Momentus XT 500GB. It only has a 4GB SSD buffer, but for many users that is enough so that all the reads are basically made from the SSD at very high speed. I think in your case this drive would strike the best balance as it has the SSD buffer which will speedup the OS and game loading performance (as long as you use day in and day out pretty much the same 2-3 games). The Momentus XT needs about 5-10 loading cycles to "learn" your usage pattern and then you should see the benefit of the SSD buffer. Otherwise even as a HDD it is pretty fast, and roomy.

So my second take is a Momentux XT for the OS/Games and slow/silent/huge drives for storage. You could even short-stroke the Momentus to improve the performance of the mechanical part of the HDD.
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