I'd love to hear everybodys thoughts in regards to SSDs in a new build, Raid 0 or not for boot? How reliable is it? What do they mean exactly by a failed drive messing it all up? Am I going to get any benefit at all from Raid 0 in everyday tasks like gaming if I raid two 500g SSDs? What kind of set up do people use most often?
SSD's are insanely fast on SATA III. So much so that RAID 0'ing them isn't really necessary. Sure you will get twice the speed in benchmarks, but since they are so fast on their own, I'm not sure you could feel the difference.
As for a failed drive messing it up, I think I know what you are talking about. RAID 0 has no redundancy, so if one of the drives fails, there is no way to rebuild the array. So in this scenario you'd have to replace the drive and install everything from scratch. RAID 1 has redundancy, but it has no benefit for speed. RAID 5 has the benefits of both RAID 0 and 1, but it takes at least 3 drives to accomplish.
I have an SSD, and all I have on it is Windows and Office and a few other small apps. I put all my games and user files on my HDD. SSD's are great when you have some free space on them, once they start filling up, their performance (particularly write speeds) start to degrade.
My suggestion is get a good fast SSD (one) and forget RAID. If you intend to have all your games on it, consider 500GB or even better 1TB.
Thanks Techgeek, you've just answered my next question too being is having two separate ones better than one big one. I already have one on my existing machine and it works great, but I'm building a newer rig and was merely seeing if there had been any advances of late that Raid 0 would clearly jump out in front, but it seems thats still not the case. I remember Linus mentioning the Crucial MX500 960g being a terrific drive especially in the bigger size. Any suggestions?
Two separate drives may have some advantage as sometimes it's better to have your eggs in more than one basket. For instance you have a small SSD for your OS and some apps, while you have a larger SSD with your games and user files. This way if your OS drive goes down, you only have to restore it and your games and user files are still intact. Vica versa if the other SSD fails.
My personal preference is have a SSD for your OS and Office (if you use it) and any apps that load during the boot (monitoring utilities). By setting this up this way, nothing stalls the bootup. Then I put my games and user files on a HDD. Of course you'll still want some sort of backup regiment in case either drive fails. I have an external 4TB drive for this. I take an image of my OS SSD, and a copy of all the files on my HDD and put it on the external HDD.
If you are looking for an economical large SSD, the Samsung EVO 1TB is pretty good. TLC nand doesn't have the endurance that MLC has, but in normal consumer based usage, this isn't really a concern. I've read that the Crucial MX series really good though, so go with what you feel.