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New computer build hard drive dilema, which setup to choose?

by benno55555 / January 14, 2009 1:07 AM PST

Intel quad core Q6600
Asus p5n7a-vm chipset NVIDIA GeForce 9300/nForce 730i
antec true power trio 650W PS
4 GB corsair xms2 800mhz DDR2
vista home premium
thermaltake sopranoRS 101 case
lite on DVD/rw

blue ray drive coming soon

Greetings to all! This is what I have compiled so far for my new computer, If there is anything else you think would be a nice fit or addition let me know, I appreciate the time and input. I am not a gamer, just a severe multi-tasker who is getting into high resolution video, video encoding, high res digital photo editing, and do use some rather CPU intensive programs.

I have yet to decide what direction to go when it comes to selecting a Hard Drive setup for my future needs. Here are the three options I am considering, after searching the internet for a while I keep getting vague answers that aren't helping much. So for my multimedia usage needs which would be better?

I will be using samsung sata 2 7200rpm hard drive

1. (2) 500 GB (Raid/or NO RAID) (heard raid better for gamers, can create problems recording)

2. 1+ TB - partitioned for OS, w/future plans for an external backup drive (or just plain old straight up)

3. (1) 40-80 GB HD for the OS (should I look at 10k raptor or 10-15k scsi),
(1) 500-750 GB HD files, programs, ect.

these options are very similar budget wise, so the real question is what would you experts think is the best solution for efficiency, maintenance, and reliability! Thanks in advance

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Are you getting these drives or do you have them?.
by PECONET / January 16, 2009 8:57 PM PST

samsung sata 2 7200rpm hard drive

1. (2) 500 GB (Raid/or NO RAID) (heard raid better for gamers, can create problems recording)

2. 1+ TB - partitioned for OS, w/future plans for an external backup drive (or just plain old straight up)

3. (1) 40-80 GB HD for the OS (should I look at 10k raptor or 10-15k scsi),
(1) 500-750 GB.
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If you have them then i would use the Raptor drives as the boot up drives as these will be the fastest of all of them.
Keep the 1TB as the back up drive and have the 2x 500gb as raid0 (strip array), as back up also.
If you do NOT have them (and you have the money) them look at the 350gb Raptor 10,000rpm drives. If you get these make them as Raid0, these will blow your socks off as you watch your system boot up in no time. The rest of the drives you can add as back up drives, i would go for the 1TB drives (you can not have too much space).
Please post back if you have any more questions or problems.

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i7?
by repete_smile / January 18, 2009 1:20 AM PST

Go for a Core i7, if you can't, OC the Q6600 to around 3.2 to 3.6.

about the hard drives, as far as I know, most programs need to be on the same drive as the OS to run, it doesn't need to be same partition though. #3 won't work. What RAID would you use for #1, there are many types of RAID.

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almost got it figured
by benno55555 / January 19, 2009 2:30 AM PST
In reply to: i7?

can't do an i7, already bought Q6600, my PSU is the toughpower not the purepower, I have not bought any drives yet...I am watching a dozen different ones on ebay and other sites, just trying to figure out which would be best. My motherboard supports RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5 & JBOD configurations for four SATA connectors, but I wouldn't know which would be best, so I might as well not mess with it. When I was describing option 3 I should have been more specific.....My initial urge is leaning towards getting a 150gb velociraptor 10000k for Vista and programs ($150), then a samsung spinpoint 7200k f1 500-640gb sata 2 16mb cache as slave for storage of media files (dvd, blueray, music, pictures, ect.) ($50), this will work right? will the different speeds of the hard drives have any negative effects? I wasn't looking to top $150 unless I went this direction. open to any other options keeping in mind speed, reliability, and manageability!

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Yes your configuration will work.
by PECONET / January 19, 2009 3:17 AM PST
In reply to: almost got it figured

You are correct with your configuration, it will work, just go and get the drives you want.
Good luck.

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