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HELP! Installing Drives/partitioning/RAID

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November 12, 2012 3:12:53 PM

Hi,
I am in the final stage of putting together a computer. I have a working 128GB SSD and 256GB SSD. I have purchased 2x 1TB WD Black and an addition 256GB SSD.

These purchases were made after I was so aggrevated by 2x 3TB WD Greens that I could not get to show up in Windows got returned.

A tech guy will set this up for me, for $200. I would love it if you guys could save me $200: I will pay with a "best answer" award".

So here are the questions/concerns/goals.

1) The 128GB SSD is currently the "C:" drive (and is by default the save location for Steam, Origin, etc-- and even when I change where the GAMES are saved, the saved games are still saved in C:) . I would like to install windows 8 on a physical partion (this drive), partition the drive, and use 64GB for SSD caching (right?). But I would like this to NOT be the default drive, so it doesnt get cluttered with saves. Is this possible? Can it be the "D:" drive? Could I install other applications MS Office here (but keep it clear of games)?

2) How to set the 2x 256GB SSDs in RAID 0 for best performance? Can they be used with Sabertooth X79's built in caching (gray SATA ports)? Should I plug them into any particular SATA ports?

3) use the Startech SATA ports card for 1TBs or unplug the hot swap bays to offer more SATA ports?

I am open to any "best" set up. But the goal is effecient file management and solid performance.

This is largely built as a gaming rig, and is my first computer. I would like to "wipe" the drives and start over.

Please advise begining with how to wipe drives, which SATA ports to use (the Sabertooth has brown ports at top, 2 sets of black, and gray at the bottom for a total of 8 SATA ports), etc.

=========BUILD DETAILS BELOW===============
Motherboard: Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011 http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-Sabertooth-X79-Intel-Motherb...

CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 Quad-Core Processor 3.6 GHz 10 MB Cache LGA 2011 - BX80619I73820 (with a Phanteks cooler) http://www.amazon.com/Intel-i7-3820-Quad-Core-Processor...

RAM: Corsair Vengeance Blue 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory (CML16GX3M4A1600C9B) http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-Desktop-Memory-...

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 Classified 4 GB DDR5 Graphics Card (04G-P4-3688-KR) http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-Classified-Graphics-...

PSU: Corsair 1200W 80 PLUS Gold http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Professional-1200-Modular...

SSD 1: Crucial 128 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT128M4SSD2 http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-2-5-Inch-Solid-State-CT12...
*this houses Windows 8 Pro (but is frustratingly also the default drive)

SSD 2: Crucial 256 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT256M4SSD2 http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-2-5-Inch-Solid-State-CT25...
SSD 3: Crucial 256 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT256M4SSD2 http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-2-5-Inch-Solid-State-CT25...

HDD 1: Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop Hard Drive Bulk/OEM - WD1002FAEX http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Internal-D...
HDD 2: Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop Hard Drive Bulk/OEM - WD1002FAEX http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Internal-D...


OS: Windows 8 Pro 64 bit

OTHER:
StarTech.com 4 Port PCI SATA RAID Controller Adapter Card PCISATA4R1 (four additional SATA ports) http://www.amazon.com/StarTech-com-Port-Controller-Adap...

TP-Link Wireless N Dual Band PCI Express Adapter with 3 x 2dBi Antenna (TL-WDN4800) http://www.amazon.com/TP-Link-Wireless-Express-Adapter-...

LiteOn iHBS112-29 12x Internal SATA Blu-Ray http://www.amazon.com/LiteOn-iHBS112-29-Internal-Blu-Ra...

Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 http://www.amazon.com/Lite--LightScribe-Layer-Drive-IHA...

Atech Flash Pro-55U Internal Flash Memory Card Reader http://www.amazon.com/Atech-Pro-55U-Internal-Memory-Sup...


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a c 87 G Storage
November 12, 2012 3:46:52 PM

Just pay him the $200! :) 
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November 12, 2012 6:08:50 PM

noidea_77 said:
Just pay him the $200! :) 



Ha! That may very well happen. I would also appreciate a bit of education on how best to ask the Tech guy for what I want/need? You may have noticed from original post that it is kind of a rambling explanation. I just don't know very much about drives and how file systems work to know what to ask for.

Of course its not *just* about saving $200--I did manage to build this thing so far by myself. I would love to finish it with these two hands.

But if I'm not doing it myself, I have:
1x 128GB SSD
2x 256GB SSD
2x 1TB HDD

How should this be set up?
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a c 87 G Storage
November 13, 2012 6:46:16 AM

Okay, sorry! It was manly the raid0 thing. raid0 is useless in a PC and makes things complex and unstable. The real performance increase of an SSD is the seek time that is only a tenth of those of a HDD and that stays the same in raid0. I recommend using the one 256GB SSD for the OS and the second for programs.
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a b G Storage
November 13, 2012 10:34:33 AM

noidea_77 said:
Okay, sorry! It was manly the raid0 thing. raid0 is useless in a PC and makes things complex and unstable. The real performance increase of an SSD is the seek time that is only a tenth of those of a HDD and that stays the same in raid0. I recommend using the one 256GB SSD for the OS and the second for programs.


I wouldn't bother with the 128g either, do as noidea mentioned, and install os/programs to one 256g ssd, install steam to the second ssd, and use the wd black drives for general storage. When you install steam it will give you the option to select the install location, make sure you select the second ssd during install and it should save games in that location.

You don't want to do any of the caching you mention, it isn't needed in your configuration. Just install Windows to a blank 256g drive and let it format the entire thing as one partition.
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a c 87 G Storage
November 13, 2012 4:03:22 PM

tomatthe said:
I wouldn't bother with the 128g either, do as noidea mentioned, and install os/programs to one 256g ssd, install steam to the second ssd, and use the wd black drives for general storage. When you install steam it will give you the option to select the install location, make sure you select the second ssd during install and it should save games in that location.

You don't want to do any of the caching you mention, it isn't needed in your configuration. Just install Windows to a blank 256g drive and let it format the entire thing as one partition.


+1! Sounds great.
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