Looking to build ultimate SSD gaming machine.

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: This week

Budget Range: The sky's the limit.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, virtual servers, streaming movies, surfing internet, web development, storage.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: CPU, mobo, RAM, SSDs, RAID Controller

I have a 750w Modular PSU from OCZ, not sure of the exact model. I also have a GTX 590 Card that I will be using.

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon

Location: Schaumburg, IL (Chicago Area)

Parts Preferences: Intel Core i7 LGA 2011

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: I have two 1920x1080 monitors, each is 23" display.

Additional Comments: Will be playing BF3, FarCry, and using VirtualBox.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I want a system that maximizes the potential of SSD's, perhaps 8 of them in RAID 0? Coupled with a lot of storage on 2 or 3 TB drives. This should be the ultimate machine built for speed.
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  1. do you want water cooling?(custom of course)
  2. current system's benifit only about 5% from RAID, as the bottleneck is actually the system buses today.

    Basically, you could 1 fast SSD or 8 in RAID 0 and you will probably see about the same read/write speeds...

  3. I'm talking strictly SSD's btw
  4. @ittimjones: not true. You see significant speed gains esspecially in IOPS.
  5. Water cooling is OK with me, if you think it's necessary to obtain sufficient cooling for this system.
  6. Using 8 SSD's in a single RAID 0 will be HIGHLY prone to failing. You have a large number of drives with zero redundancy. At a bare minimum, use RAID 5. RAID 10 is even safer but probably overkill for a gaming machine.


    What makes you think the SATA bus controller is the bottleneck? SSD does not really ever reach the 6.0 Gbps rate that SATA 3 provides.
  7. Is there a drastic difference in performance when using RAID 5 vs 0? I am not really worried about failure or losing data, but having to rebuild the system all the time would get annoying, if it happened regularly. There will pretty much only be a copy of Windows, BF3, and Adobe Master Collection saved to the RAID 0 Array. All else, I would consider a RAID 5 of like 2TB drives or something to that effect for redundancy.
  8. I checked into this, I think I will go with either RAID 5 or 6, to at least ensure that I don't have to rebuild the entire software system so often and I think with 8 drives, I won't suffer too much from a performance standpoint. Please let me know if there are any other questions you have.
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