I'm building a system for the first time and would be using the Corsair Neutron Series GTX 240GB as a Boot Drive on the ASUS P8Z77-V Premium motherboard with a Storage Drive of 1TB in RAID 0 [500GB x 2].
Q:What are the best possible solutions for this type of RAID 0 configuration?
WD Caviar Black 500GB seems a nice choice as the WD VelociRaptor 500GB/1TB is too expensive for me.
I was thinking of Seagate Barracuda first but I read somewhere its performance is not good then thought of WD Green, that too got not so good reviews then I came across WD Black & Red and Seagate Momentus XT 750GB SSHD.
BTW you're right. I really need a reliable drive.
Well,I want a drive with Read/Write speeds above 100Mbps atleast.
I'm buying Corsair Dominator Platinum 1600MHz C9 [4 x 8GB]
I guess my point is that since you have an SSD for the OS, programs, and current data, you don't really need the performance of RAID 0 for storage. Just buy a good single drive. IMO Momentus XT is a waste of money except for laptops that need large storage and only have one drive bay so cannot have an SSD and HDD.
If I *really* needed high performance storage I would probably look at using Intel RST caching between a 1Tb Caviar Black and an inexpensive 60Gb SSD or going to 4-6 disk RAID 5 off a dedicated card if the storage needs were large.
I guess RAID 0 is for users looking for OS+Storage Performance in Intel RST.
If I'm having 32GB of RAM then there's no point in having 1TB RAID 0 just for storage as the whole system would be wuite fast I suppose!
The WD Caviar Black 1TB seems to be the best choice then considering WD VelociRaptor is too expensive,eh!
Also,there's a 32GB mSATA II drive onboard the MOBO, my guess is that I could use that as a cache with storage performance of WD Caviar Black 1TB,am I right?
Enjoy the build -- that's a great motherboard, I've built a few with it already and really like it.
Also, one bit of advice. When you are done with the build and Win7 install make yourself a system repair disk, it takes only a CD and you can just type that into the start button run box and follow the wizard. It comes in very handy to get out of tough spots. Oh, and one other thing: do your system install with only the SSD connected, then connect the HDD so the SRP ends up on the SSD. Then optimize your SSD using a good guide like this one: http://thessdreview.com/ssd-guides/optimization-guides/... It really helps performance and saves space.
Windows 7 has a wizard that will make you a repair disk -- I do one for all my builds and give it to the user with a speech about how important that disk, the OS disk, the program disks and all serials are to save at all costs.
If the system repair disk won't fix a problem, then a repair install with the OS disk is next best as it saves all the programs and data, you just have to reinstall all Windows Updates since the OS version, probably SP1 for you.