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Hello i have built a lot of systems in the past and now i'm deciding to upgrade to a newer gaming rig

Note: I already have all the storage devices, peripherals, disk drive, thermal paste, operating system and so on.

I have x3 Seagate Barracuda 1TB HD's and x2 Samsung 840 250GB SSD's

Here's a quick parts list:
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/lewisg743/saved/3ylB

Let me know if there would be any compatibility issues with the current parts or anything i should change for better performance.

Also the rig isn't just for gaming, i will be using it for Sony Vegas Pro, blender, adobe premier and so on.
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  1. Looks OK. Just make sure you have enough Sata slots on your motherboard, enough power cables to connect all of them and enough space to fit the HDDs and SSDs in the computer case. Thats all.
  2. ahmeday2012 said:
    Looks OK. Just make sure you have enough Sata slots on your motherboard, enough power cables to connect all of them and enough space to fit the HDDs and SSDs in the computer case. Thats all.


    Yes i will as it has x6 3.5" Drive slots with the ability to fit x2 2.5" Drives in each 3.5". In conclusion leaving me 2 extra 3.5" slots to spare.

    Also i'm not quite sure on which raid to go for, i was thinking 5. As i would like to raid together two of the SSD's with one of 1TB HD's to have it like raid 0 speed but reliability of raid 1. For example i would have speed that is about 3/4 to raid 0 speeds but have reliability instead of that speed reduction.

    Then for the other 2 HD's which will just be pure content and not raided will be backed up onto my server (which i'm still to build, here's the link if you want to help - http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/answers/id-1997145/budget-server-build-500.html)

    Yeah i know i didn't explain that very well but you might get the gist of it.
  3. lewisg743 said:
    ahmeday2012 said:
    Looks OK. Just make sure you have enough Sata slots on your motherboard, enough power cables to connect all of them and enough space to fit the HDDs and SSDs in the computer case. Thats all.


    Yes i will as it has x6 3.5" Drive slots with the ability to fit x2 2.5" Drives in each 3.5". In conclusion leaving me 2 extra 3.5" slots to spare.

    Also i'm not quite sure on which raid to go for, i was thinking 5. As i would like to raid together two of the SSD's with one of 1TB HD's to have it like raid 0 speed but reliability of raid 1. For example i would have speed that is about 3/4 to raid 0 speeds but have reliability instead of that speed reduction.

    Then for the other 2 HD's which will just be pure content and not raided will be backed up onto my server (which i'm still to build, here's the link if you want to help - http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/answers/id-1997145/budget-server-build-500.html)

    Yeah i know i didn't explain that very well but you might get the gist of it.


    If you want to RAID it I recommend watching these tutorials before you go straight ahead:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYBtmVMtH1g

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuwjadbtUCY

    Hopes that helps.
  4. ahmeday2012 said:
    lewisg743 said:
    ahmeday2012 said:
    Looks OK. Just make sure you have enough Sata slots on your motherboard, enough power cables to connect all of them and enough space to fit the HDDs and SSDs in the computer case. Thats all.


    Yes i will as it has x6 3.5" Drive slots with the ability to fit x2 2.5" Drives in each 3.5". In conclusion leaving me 2 extra 3.5" slots to spare.

    Also i'm not quite sure on which raid to go for, i was thinking 5. As i would like to raid together two of the SSD's with one of 1TB HD's to have it like raid 0 speed but reliability of raid 1. For example i would have speed that is about 3/4 to raid 0 speeds but have reliability instead of that speed reduction.

    Then for the other 2 HD's which will just be pure content and not raided will be backed up onto my server (which i'm still to build, here's the link if you want to help - http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/answers/id-1997145/budget-server-build-500.html)

    Yeah i know i didn't explain that very well but you might get the gist of it.


    If you want to RAID it I recommend watching these tutorials before you go straight ahead:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYBtmVMtH1g

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuwjadbtUCY

    Hopes that helps.


    Thanks for those, i hadn't seen the second one before.

    So it would look like i need a raid controller of sorts, any you could recommend for around £50 or less that would be compatible with my system in the configuration that i desire?
  5. lewisg743 said:
    ahmeday2012 said:
    lewisg743 said:
    ahmeday2012 said:
    Looks OK. Just make sure you have enough Sata slots on your motherboard, enough power cables to connect all of them and enough space to fit the HDDs and SSDs in the computer case. Thats all.


    Yes i will as it has x6 3.5" Drive slots with the ability to fit x2 2.5" Drives in each 3.5". In conclusion leaving me 2 extra 3.5" slots to spare.

    Also i'm not quite sure on which raid to go for, i was thinking 5. As i would like to raid together two of the SSD's with one of 1TB HD's to have it like raid 0 speed but reliability of raid 1. For example i would have speed that is about 3/4 to raid 0 speeds but have reliability instead of that speed reduction.

    Then for the other 2 HD's which will just be pure content and not raided will be backed up onto my server (which i'm still to build, here's the link if you want to help - http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/answers/id-1997145/budget-server-build-500.html)

    Yeah i know i didn't explain that very well but you might get the gist of it.


    If you want to RAID it I recommend watching these tutorials before you go straight ahead:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYBtmVMtH1g

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuwjadbtUCY

    Hopes that helps.


    Thanks for those, i hadn't seen the second one before.

    So it would look like i need a raid controller of sorts, any you could recommend for around £50 or less that would be compatible with my system in the configuration that i desire?


    I haven't gone that far to learning RAID that much. I only know how to set it up using my motherboard. Thats all the knowledge I can give you. Sorry. I hope you can figure it out on your own.
  6. Best answer
    You're going down a long dangerous road, and going the complete wrong direction.

    250GB SSD + 250GB SSD + 1TB HDD in one RAID array?
    Do not do this. The SSD speed will be dragged down to the HDD speed, and the HDD size will be cut by 75%.

    Instead of asking "How do I make a RAID array out of these?", you should be asking "Do I need a RAID array?"
    And the answer is "Almost certainly not".

    If you really, really want, put a couple of the HDDs in a RAID array. But do not combine the SSD and HDD in an array.
  7. USAFRet said:
    You're going down a long dangerous road, and going the complete wrong direction.

    250GB SSD + 250GB SSD + 1TB HDD in one RAID array?
    Do not do this. The SSD speed will be dragged down to the HDD speed, and the HDD size will be cut by 75%.

    Instead of asking "How do I make a RAID array out of these?", you should be asking "Do I need a RAID array?"
    And the answer is "Almost certainly not".

    If you really, really want, put a couple of the HDDs in a RAID array. But do not combine the SSD and HDD in an array.


    Ah, thank you very much. I'll probably just Raid the SSS's into raid 0, use the two HD's for normal data and then keep the third on for system backup and other file back up (Also backup this drive to my network)
  8. lewisg743 said:
    USAFRet said:
    You're going down a long dangerous road, and going the complete wrong direction.

    250GB SSD + 250GB SSD + 1TB HDD in one RAID array?
    Do not do this. The SSD speed will be dragged down to the HDD speed, and the HDD size will be cut by 75%.

    Instead of asking "How do I make a RAID array out of these?", you should be asking "Do I need a RAID array?"
    And the answer is "Almost certainly not".

    If you really, really want, put a couple of the HDDs in a RAID array. But do not combine the SSD and HDD in an array.


    Ah, thank you very much. I'll probably just Raid the SSS's into raid 0, use the two HD's for normal data and then keep the third on for system backup and other file back up (Also backup this drive to my network)


    In normal use, a single 512GB SSD is just as fast, or faster, than 2 x 256GB SSDs. And cheaper.
  9. USAFRet said:
    lewisg743 said:
    USAFRet said:
    You're going down a long dangerous road, and going the complete wrong direction.

    250GB SSD + 250GB SSD + 1TB HDD in one RAID array?
    Do not do this. The SSD speed will be dragged down to the HDD speed, and the HDD size will be cut by 75%.

    Instead of asking "How do I make a RAID array out of these?", you should be asking "Do I need a RAID array?"
    And the answer is "Almost certainly not".

    If you really, really want, put a couple of the HDDs in a RAID array. But do not combine the SSD and HDD in an array.


    Ah, thank you very much. I'll probably just Raid the SSS's into raid 0, use the two HD's for normal data and then keep the third on for system backup and other file back up (Also backup this drive to my network)


    In normal use, a single 512GB SSD is just as fast, or faster, than 2 x 256GB SSDs. And cheaper.


    Actually for what i use them for benchmarks prove that having two of them is faster, and its cheaper so its really a win-win.
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