I just built my first gaming PC with a single WD black 7200rpm 500gb HDD with full intent of replacing it with SSD's in the near future.
I have an ASUS P8Z77-V pro mobo that has 2 ASMedia sata III, 2 Intel sata III, 2 Intel sata II, and 2 ASMedia sata II ports. Only the Intel ports support RAID. Now that TRIM is currently available I want to run an OCZ Vertex 4 64gb SSD for boot drive, and 2 Vertex 4 128gb SSD's in RAID 0 for JUST games.
My question is do I run the boot drive on the Intel sata III and the RAID array on Intel sata II or the other way around? Or would I be better off running a single Vertex 4 256gb on sata III instead of the 2 SSD's in RAID 0?
I do realize the risk of data loss here, but it's only game files and I'm looking for performance in gaming. I am also considering leaving the mechanical drive in on one of the ASMedia ports for back up just in case.
SSDs only affect load times and wont really affect a games performance. Since you would only see about 230mb/s with a vertx4 on a sata2 port I'd suggest putting the os on with the games n stuff on the raid0 intel sata3 array and skipping the 3rd ssd.
I have considered that as well. However, 256gb is pushing it as far as storage space. I was also considering 2 256gb SSD's in RAID 0 on Intel sata III and the 500gb mechanical drive as back up on Intel sata II.