New Build - Large SSD partitioned cache vs Small faster SSD cache?


I'm working on a new build which I want to be powerful (games/video+photo work), long-lasting and as close to silent as possible. Parts so far include

ASUS P8Z68-V Pro Z68 LGA1155 ATX 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2 PCI B3 Motherboard

Antec P183 V3 Aluminum ATX Tower Case 4X5.25EXT 6X3.5 2X2.5INT Front Audio USB3.0 *No PS*

Antec CP-850 850W Cpx Dual PCB Power Supply Modular ATX12V V2.3 80PLUS Active PFC SLI 120MM Fan

Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB

Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 Vengeance 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit

Western Digital WD20EARS Caviar Green 2TB SATA2 3GBPS 64MB Cache 3.5IN Hard Drive Oem

Holding out for the Powercolor HD 6850 SCS3 silent

Now I already have a:

OCZ Vertex 2 Extended Sandforce 240GB 2.5IN SATA2 Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD

My question is, what is the best way to set up my drive.

My current plan is to utilize the SSD for the OS and commonly used applications and partition 64gb for cache purposes for the 2gig WD HDD. Does this make sense?

Would it be better to utilize the SSD for OS/apps and primary drive purposes and then get a SMALLER, FASTER SSD for cache for the HDD?

I am looking to finish this off this week so thoughts appreciated!

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  1. I'm thinking 240GB should be big enough for all your programs. Otherwise, I would think you'd be better off with a 7200 RPM drive than a 5400 RPM drive and partitioning out your SSD.
  2. selborne said:
    the HDD?

    I am looking to finish this off this week so thoughts appreciated!



    did you finish it in the meanwhile? I am looking for people who had run such a set up to see if it is possible to install the OS on the SSD and use it for Intel Z68 Caching at the same time. I only read about settings with smaller SSDs so far, and i am not sure if the Data on the Bootpartition will be untouched when i enable the acceleration cache.
  3. ^You can only use 64GB of a drive for Caching, so yes, you could use the remainder of the drive as a drive, but there is really no reason to, the cost/GB is close to the same on a 32GB drive as it is on a 320GB Drive.
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