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I already have a copy of Win7 64 and a 24" HP monitor so I am all set with that. I realize there are better mobo's and processors for overclocking but I am really not interested in any of that at this time...
My question is about how to setup storage... I have at my disposal a 128 ssd and either 2 1TB 5400rpm HDD's or 2 500GB 7200rpm HDD's... I realize the 500gb 7200rpm HDD's are the better option and I am wondering if there is a certain way that all of you setup your ssd's and hdd's in a gaming rig? Any suggestions or links to articles describing the optimum setup would be greatly appreciated... thanks.
A 120gb ssd will hold the OS and perhaps half a dozen games.
That is a great start.
Then, you probably do not need more than 500gb for storage of a lot of games.
So any of the other available drives will fill that need.
The RPM of a hard drive directly affects the seek or latency time of the drive, and 7200 rpm is better for that for random access.
But the sequential data transfer rate is more complex. It is determined by the platter density, the rpm, and where the data is located on the drive.
The outer cylinders are faster because they contain more data per track than the inner.
A 1tb drive will be denser and can hold more data in it's outer cylinders. Even at 5400 rpm, it is concieveable that it will perform better.
My guess, not knowing the specific drive models, is that it does not make one heck of a lot of difference.
If you look at the manufacturer's data sheet for each drive, you can find the maximum sustained i/o rate.
Any way you look at it, a SSD will be 2-3x faster in sequential and 50x faster in random I/O.
Do not be seduced by raid-0 and the wonderful looking synthetic benchmarks of sequential performance.
The apps used to benchmark are not the same as the i/o used normally, lacking overlapping capability, and you will not see any significant benefit in real life.
The best result would be to sell all three drives in favor of a 240gb ssd.