Hey all, i have 140$ in gift certificates to a preferred computer store of mine (canada computers) and am debating adding a second solid state drive. this is my system that i use mostly for gaming and some video encoding and occasional CAD work:
MSI P67A-GD80 B3 mobo
Intel 2500K CPU
2 x 4GB Patriot Sector 5 RAM
Sapphire 6950 2GB video card
Noctua C-14 Cooler
Corsair 750W PSU
OCZ Agility 3 120GB SSD (boot)
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB HDD
Windows 7 Home
Azza Solano 1000 Case
gaming mouse and keyboard that i really like.
24" LED asus monitor
have a PS3 at home so i don't see a point in buying a BD drive
My SSD is full, mostly with games but also some programs that i use daily: e.g. itunes, chrome, anti-virus and video program etc.
Should I invest this money into more SSD storage? If so do I have to pair the same model and size SSDs together? Is it difficult to set up? what about a RAID 0 array? and of course, is there something else that will be a better investment for me.
You can add a second SSD of any size, size, speed, just like you could add a hard drive.
Since your storage needs seem to be modest that makes sense.
I would not fool with raid-0. You will not detect any performance improvement in real life. Sequential benchmarks will look great, but that is not how we really use a ssd.
If you have files that you would hate to lose, consider an external hard drive for backup.
an additional SSD would not be for storage but for high usage apps. i am thinking of putting music on it so that itunes can be accessed more easily. also for a new games and a few that i have uninstalled from my current SSD.
i've considered RAM, but i am not sure if it will fit with my cooler. will take a look at low profile stuff and do some measurements.
monitor is not for me. i've been thinking of speakers as well i have pretty bad ones...like 6 year old generic ones haha. i will likely just get some speakers anyways and add on either:
SSD (120GB, any recommendations?)
RAM 8 GB of low profile