you'd save a lot of money per that website to get a 1 TB Spinpoint F3 and a 64 GB OCZ SSD. the 64GB as a boot/applications disk, and the 1TB as a much larger data drive. Both combined are 183.43 pounds vs 207.93. the Velociraptor is Sta 3, but doesn't really even saturate a SATA 2. might as well get the still fast, but bigger SATA 2 drive.
The new velociraptor is 6gb interface, and the mobo is 6gb interface
I have samsung f3 on my home pc, 500gb single platter. I wouldn't need 2tb, 600gb would be ample so wanted the fastest drive I could get
Was thinking of running a second SSD as a dedicated page file / temp drive so that I dont burn out the boot drive by constantly I/O (the database software I use has alot of I/O operations). Need a page file as the files I use are 15gb each! millions of records
I have used SSD tweak to swtich off the page file and other feature on my home SSD. Not noticed any performance loss? Using 4gb RAM. When would I notice performance loss?
RAM - Are you going to overclock the CPU above 4GHz? If yes, then only those RAM are worth it and also better to go with Tri-Channel kit,
I would suggest these - http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/6GB-(3x2GB)-Corsair-Dominator-DDR3-PC3-12800-(1600)-CAS-8-8-8-24-DHX-XMP-New-connector-165V
the velociraptor is a 6GB interface, but it's actual throughput is not that much higher than the spinpoint drives.
Nothing yet on the market actually saturates SATA II except a couple of the MOST expensive SSDs. Mechanical HDDs just don't come close.
a second SSD as a temp/swap space is not a bad idea, given the size of your DB files. I'd say a 30-32GB SSD for that purpose should be fine. Just be prepared to potentially replace it in 1-2 years (maybe sooner) instead of the usual 3-5 years, as it will get used up faster.
you might benefit from more RAM, given the size of your DBs. Rather than the overclocked 2133, look at getting 8 GB of dual-channel DDR3-1333, which should be around the same price . The performance difference between the 1333 and 2133 will be more than offset by less caching, even if that cache is an ssd.
8 GB of DDR3-1333 at the same site: 142 w/VAT
^ If you go with a big SSD, say 60GB+, then you can use a part of it as page file drive( a small partition maybe )
The typical installation of WIN 7 is about ~15-20GB + important apps ~3-4GB + 20% of free space for optimal performance of the SSD, which leaves about 10-15GB space,...
Thats what I thought. So I will have to choose between 6gb RAM or 12gb RAM (probably the 12gb if I can swing it)
I thought it would be safe just to have a cheap SSD rather than partition my main boot drive. Less hassle in the long run...dont want one part of my SSD to get burnt up while the boot parition element is still fine....as then only have a half of an SSD
Would be better to buy a seperate one and bin it when it fails, with an intact boot drive still?
I have seen the benchmarks....althought the AMD has 6 true cores, its falls between the i5 750 and the i7 920 in most tests.
Most programs (including excel) will use HT instruction set so can take advantage of the 8 logical cores of the i7
I was very tempted by the AMD x6 when building a Mini ITX. There were a couple of boards that supposedly support the standard 1055t thuban, 90w version, but sounded very hazy with reliability and stability questions. Settles for an i3 530 + GTX 460 mini itx system in the end (the Palit OC Sonic Platinum is prob the best performer at the moment and it is a good inch shorter than the reference card)
Oh didn't know there was an F4. I bought an F3 not long ago. Will have to look into that. It is a good, fast drive and no complaints. Startup noise is a bit loud "uuurrrppppp" but then after then it's a nice fast drive
Been using a Western Digital Silicon Blue SSD but the Kingston 64gb drives are less than £80 each now from some UK sites so think might as well get a pair of these.
One boot, then partition the other one into a page file / temp file
Any suggestions on PSU? Want one where you can add/remove the cables you need
you aren't running a graphics card on this system -- its no help with DB work -- so you shoudl get by with a minimal PSU. I'd suggest the 380W Antec Earthwatts or a 350 or 380W Sea Sonic as good, relatively inexpensive options, but they aren't modular
The smallest Modulars I'm seeing are OCZ ModStreamX Pro and Fatal1ty 500 and 550W models, both are 80+, and reliable supplies, but not as high quality as the seasonic or antec