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September 30, 2013 8:19:19 AM

Hello all.
I'm building an i7 4930k, 32gb 1866mhz g.skill ares, WD sata3 caviar black 1tb, gigabyte nvidia gt 650 ti boost 2gb, gigabyte m/b ga x79-ud3. The system will be used for 3dsmax, Photoshop and Pro Tools 11 to their maximum capabilities. What SSD should I get? I was thinking about getting two 128 or 180gb perhaps? ( maybe an intel 520 which I think is fast and a CORSAIR-CSSD-F180GBGS-BK-SSD-25---180GB-SATA3-FORCE-GS-SERIES?) Should I even get two ssd's or can I install all of the os (win8 64bit by the way) and applications into one ssd? I'm more of an artist than a computer tech guy...so I guess I have to ask somebody who knows best.
thank you for your time.

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September 30, 2013 8:26:13 AM

I would get a 256gb Samsung 840 Pro for the OS and core software, and a good reliable mechanical drive, such as a Western Digital Black (1TB or higher preferably), for storage.
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September 30, 2013 8:39:34 AM

rolli59 said:
Get a 240-256GB single SSD, big enough for OS and programs. Samsung drives are very popular, fast and reliable http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-driv...
I support the second drive being a high capacity HDD 1TB or higher.


As I say in my original post, my secondary drive is going to be the WD sata3 caviar black 1TB.
By the way I find that speedwise the intel 520 is the fastest when it comes to 180gb ssd's...Am I going to the wrong direction maybe...? I really don't know

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September 30, 2013 9:01:43 AM
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Intel is good but Samsung is faster, they do though not make 180GB drives http://anandtech.com/bench/product/529?vs=965 your storage drive is fine but like I said before 240-256Gb is a good size for OS and applications.
September 30, 2013 9:14:03 AM

rolli59 said:
Intel is good but Samsung is faster, they do though not make 180GB drives http://anandtech.com/bench/product/529?vs=965 your storage drive is fine but like I said before 240-256Gb is a good size for OS and applications.


just ordered! maybe in the future I'll be getting another one (as soon as the 1tb ones get a bit cheaper) as a secondary!
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September 30, 2013 9:23:04 AM

For normal desktop work, all modern SSD's are about equal in performance.
Ignore the differences shown by synthetic benchmarks. They are run at high queue depths like 32 which are more like server workloads.
Normal desktop usage is a depth of 1 or 2.

Larger ssd's will perform slightly better in sequential because they have more nand chips that can be accessed in parallel.
It is the 6gb sata that mostly limits the sequential speed.
From a reliability point of view, I would go with intel or Samsung.
The Samsung EVO is a well priced unit. Buy one large enough to hold what you need, leaving room for expansion. Once you get to 80% full, it is time to make more room. I might imagine that 240gb would be good for all except large video files and backups.
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