hi, i am building a new pc and already posted a topic inside the system builds. i got clear idea wat components to buy but now i am struck with confusion on which way to go for storage configuration. i was going to buy an OCZ 60Gb SSD for my win7 boot and a 1TB W.D Sata II but then i found out there is a W.D 1TB Sata III available in local shops so y not buy that instead of Sata II as it might gimme more speed for my video editing and other heavy applications. so now i am confused wat to do.
i will be buying Asus P6T and have to get it an Asus U3S6 add-on card if i plan for SATA III HDD.
OCZ SSD > 160$ from ebay with shipping to my country
W.D 1TB Sata II > 95$ in local shops
W.D 1TB Sata III > 120$ local
ASUS U3S6 > 50$ from ebay with shipping
now plz advise me wat to do. i am building my new pc for all around performance, mainly for HD Video Editing and heavy graphics work with some gaming included. so should i go for a 60Gb SSD with a 1Tb Sata II combination or should i buy 2x1Tb Sata III disks.
SATA III doesn't mean the drive is any faster. Mechanical hard drives are limited by the speed of their platters, not by the speed of their SATA connection. A SATA II SSD will be much, much faster than a SATA III hard drive.
Go with the SSD + HDD combination if you're looking for fast boots and application load times.
The SATA connection is like a freeway. Older freeways have a speed limit of 3Gbit/sec, the latest ones have 6Gbit/sec. But a pokey hard drive that tops out at about 1.2Gbit/sec or so isn't going to go any faster on the newer freeway. It's like a bicycle - its top speed is only as good as the cyclist, not the speed limit - and no cyclist can keep up with freeway speeds.
Not even most SSD's can't exceed 3Gbit/sec - only a few of the very fastest ones can. They're the only ones that be able to go as fast as they're able if they're on the new "freeway".