i am about to build a new system and and am trying to find the fastest/$ storage solution for my OS and programs... storage space need only satisfy these requirements because i already have 2 tb for storage... current os/app usage is around 70 gb so 120 gb should be sufficient to allow room for growth...
i will be going with the i7 920
6gb 2ghz mem
asus rampage series
not sure which yet because i need to find the one with proper hd IOs
between hds i've been looking at 15k sas, sata3 10k, and ssd
i've heard a lot of good things about the x25 ssd being reliable, are there any cheaper ssd's that offer the same?
system is for heavy downloading, multiple heavy apps, FPS games, basically do it all for a long time... current system is just a lowly p4 3ghz 2gb ram 1.3 tb, sli 1gb ddr3 nvidia, creative fatal1ty FPS 7.1, and a 27in screen... this was the best 5 years ago... usually i upgrade to the best i can afford every 5 years i it does everything i need it to for that long... i still play crysis on this comp lol
You can get away with a Sata II or Sata III drive easily with that system. It will still run everything perfectly, and if you need speed just setup a raid array(can't remember which one improves performance, I think 0)
It'll be cheaper than a SAS or SSD and it will have more storage.
EDIT: Cache size is semi-important, although all will have sufficient for whats required of them