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My sig rig currently just has a single Spinpoint F3 1TB in it and I'm thinking about an upgrade since Newegg is running some good sales and was kind enough to email me some great coupons. I primarily use it for gaming as well as some basic home usage - internet browsing and light "office" work - and I always intended to upgrade my storage before anything else.

The Short Version:
Vertex 2 60Gb ($92.99) or C300 64GB ($134.99) for OS and Programs?
Is there a RAID0 guide for RAID virgins?
How much storage space do I need for backups?



The Long Version:
Here are the choices I've narrowed it down to:

Option 1 - Estimated Cost $215-255
Either a C300 64GB ($134.99) or a Vertex 2 60GB ($92.99) - OS and Programs
RAID0 with 2x Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - Games, Primary Storage
Single Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - Page File, Backup, Secondary Storage


Option 2 - Estimated Cost $220-260
C300 128GB ($199.99) or Vertex 2 120GB ($156.29) - OS, Programs, some Games
Single Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - Games, Primary Storage
Single Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - Page File, Backup, Secondary Storage


To be honest, I really don't need 2-3TB of storage...but I love my Spinpoint and I want some more before Seagate screws them up. I had been afraid of getting such a small SSD, but after I analyzed my HDD usage I see that I'm only taking around ~25.7GB of space with OS and all non-game programs - 18.7GB without pagefile.sys and hiberfile.sys! I guess my space concerns were unfounded. I can't imagine what I'd fill the rest of those 60GB SSDs with. As such, Option 1 seems best: best price, best overall performance, most storage space, and best backup scheme. My primary concern at this point is the RAID; I've never done one.
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The first thing I would say to you is look at something bigger than 60 or even 80gig. I bought my intel drive in the summer, loaded windows, WoW and some other games. They all worked so well that you get addicted, then I added Microsoft office (it doesnt get old having word or excel open the instant you let go of the mouse).

Then I wanted to add steam games.... it just gets too addictive. So then I ahd to buy a C300 which now has all of my games and the intel just has the operating system and office on it.

Look at option 2 - you won't regret it
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The first thing I would say to you is look at something bigger than 60 or even 80gig. I bought my intel drive in the summer, loaded windows, WoW and some other games. They all worked so well that you get addicted, then I added Microsoft office (it doesnt get old having word or excel open the instant you let go of the mouse).

Then I wanted to add steam games.... it just gets too addictive. So then I ahd to buy a C300 which now has all of my games and the intel just has the operating system and office on it.

Look at option 2 - you won't regret it
The thing is that I'm mostly happy with my load times in games (only Mass Effect 2 seems to take a while, the rest just zip by). The system I just came from was a 7-year-old Dell, so this new rig still seems blazing fast. With the RAID0 setup I can expect to see, what, a 70% improvement in load times? I might faint!

Also, my games are currently taking up almost 100GB as it is (70.8GB Steam, ~26GB other). That's going to get much larger in the fall when Battlefield 3 and Elder Scrolls V come out. I'd have to have a 250GB SSD - which is way out of my budget - to feel safe, and even then it would be restricting.

As I understand Steam, it's an all-or-nothing thing; it would be great if I could put some of the games on the SSD and the others on a HDD. But I'm quite sure that can't be done with Steam. I simply cannot fit my Steam games on an SSD I can afford. Am I wrong about how that works?
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I would go with option one, Vertex 2 60GB [OS and programs], 2x Samsung F3 in RAID0 [games and storage], but instead of getting a third F3, grab an F4 2TB and use it to image a backup of your storage drive too for safety. This is always recommended for a RAID0 setup. This is also the exact same setup I'm working on right now =)

Another option would be to get the 3 Samsung F3s and put them in RAID5 for both performance and redundancy. Setting up the RAID is pretty straight forward. I had an unnecessarily difficult time getting the AMD RAID drivers to load in Windows, but other than that it was easy. You'll probably want to set up the RAID with a 64kb stripe.

If you have any other questions I'd be more than glad to help. Also, I have to ask... where are you finding the Vertex 2 60gb for $92.99?
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