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I'm looking into getting a new rig. One of the options I'm considering is having a SSD coupled with a Samsung Spinpoint F3 in some kind of performance RAID. The only problem is that I completely lack any knowledge when it comes to RAID. Right now, I only have one Spintpoint F3. I'm contemplating on getting a second one to RAID 0, and a SSD to act as my primary partition for my OS and a select few programs (Adobe, etc.).

Would this be the most optimized setup for an avid gamer like myself?

Also - could I get some recommendations for performance SSD? Preferably somewhere around the 64-128GB range? Anything around $200 or less is fine.
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Yeah have your SSD as operating system, get one around the 120GB range so you can install some games you play constantly on it for best proformance.

Dont get a 60GB one i have one of those and its full just from the operating system and random applications. it has no movies, games or anything like that on it.

Run your spinpoint F3 in raid 0 and they will be a new kind of beast.

Drive recommendations get any SSD with a SandForce Controler speeds for read/write should be around 285/275MBs.

Nearly all the brands will have a drive using this controler, it just up to you what brand you get.

I rather corsair just because i do.
 
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Yeah, I figured as much. I'm not 100% sure how to RAID. So I'll probably post back here in a month or two asking some more questions.

The only problem is that a fresh install of Win 7 would be a pain. But I suppose reinstalling your OS every once in a while is good for performance, whatnot.

One thing though is I keep hearing stuff about how SSDs become really slow after a certain amount of use. Sometimes it's really prevalent. Is this still a problem with newer SSDs? How much use are we talking here?

So just the OS and games on the SSD? No web browsers or anything? I tend to have the habit of DLing everything to my desktop (music, ROMs, pictures, etc.). I guess I'll have to change that, huh?
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Yeah, I figured as much. I'm not 100% sure how to RAID. So I'll probably post back here in a month or two asking some more questions.

The only problem is that a fresh install of Win 7 would be a pain. But I suppose reinstalling your OS every once in a while is good for performance, whatnot.

One thing though is I keep hearing stuff about how SSDs become really slow after a certain amount of use. Sometimes it's really prevalent. Is this still a problem with newer SSDs? How much use are we talking here?

So just the OS and games on the SSD? No web browsers or anything? I tend to have the habit of DLing everything to my desktop (music, ROMs, pictures, etc.). I guess I'll have to change that, huh?
Is this still a problem with newer SSDs? Nope we got TRIM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TRIM
In computing, a TRIM command allows an operating system to inform a solid-state drive (SSD) which blocks of data are no longer considered in use and can be wiped internally.

So just the OS and games on the SSD? Yeah but only games you play alot like your fav 2 or something. Also throw all your applications on your SSD.

habit of DLing everything to my desktop I guess I'll have to change that, huh? Yep, you could just make a folder on your desktop that will be linked to your raid 0 setup also web browsers can be setup to download to specific folders.

I'm not 100% sure how to RAID <--its normally very motherboard specific but with an asus there should be lots of youtube vids on how to do it

Goodluck
 
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