I am looking for a quick answer for which would be the best upgrade. I currently have the following setup:
Intel E8400 OC's 3.6 GHz stable
Asus P5ne-SLI MB
4GB Patriot 4-4-4-12 800MHz LLk
2x 150GB RAID0 drives (Sata150 only)
Win7 / Ubuntu 10.04
The upgrades I am looking at would be either adding another 4Gb or ram for a total of 8Gb. The sets would not be identical as the one I have currently is discontinued.
The second option would be to upgrade to 2x 500Gb RAID0 drives that are Sata300
Space is not a concern. There will be no data stored on the drives since it is Raid0. I keep all of my data on a server with Raid1 with a backup. I am looking for strictly a performance upgrade.
It is primarily a gaming system. I do use it quite a bit for work, to remote in to the office. I have a credit for $100 at Fry's, so I was going to use it for one of those two options.
I know not to put much faith into the Windows 7 system scores, but it rates my hard drives as the lowest denominator in the system at a 5.7. Everything else is in the upper 6's to upper 7's. I can look at my computer at work that is running a single sata 300 drive and see that it gets a 5.9, so wouldn't two drives sata300 drives be better, or should I pop for a raptor or something like that?
Win 7 rates my raid 0 (sata 3 board sata 2 drives) at 4.9, put the money into a graphics card if your main use is gaming, the RAM won't make a difference and at best the raid will slightly help load times.