Just wondering which Raid setup to use for Gaming (Raid 0 or Raid 10)? I also would like to know which HDD's you would recommend? WD with 64meg cache VS ??. I would like to have a minimum of 500g of usable raid drive space between the drives. I am not looking at SSD drives atm...so let's kill that suggestion atm...thx..
Thanks in advance for your assistance.
btw...ths system specs would be;
CPU - Intel 2600 I7
MB - ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
RAM - Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 15000)
GPU - EVGA 03G-P3-1584-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 3072MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support
PSU - CORSAIR Professional Series HX1050 1050W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified
CASE - COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Compucase Case with USB 3.0
RAID 0 nand RAID 10 will offer identical performance. RAID 10 makes it redudant. If it is strictly for gaming, go RAID 0 and get an additonal standalone drive to do images of the RAID 0 array nightly for protection. With this config you will get essentially the same speed and data protection as RAID 10 but only need 3 drives rather than 4. I would go with WD Blacks.
if you want 500 gigs and raid 0 or raid 10 then you want 250 gig drives. remember more spindles = more throughput.... i had a 5 drive system raid-0 that would boot to login prompt in 10 seconds.
if you can afford it go raid 10 (requires 4 250GB drives) because it offers the peice of mind that in case a drive fails your system will still be running, warranty replace the failed drive and pop it back in and do an online rebuild.
if a drive dies in your raid 0 array, your data is gone and you have to a) replace the failed drive, b) reinitialize the raid-0 stripe, c) restore your data from backup
if you have to go with raid-0 you beter have a an extra drive that you are running daily backups to just in case, which needs to probably be 750gigs - 1TB to handle the full backup + incrementals
i have had sooo many drives go bad over the years, raid-0 is risky. of course just recently i was running 3 500GB raid 0