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Posted 7/3/12
Hi everybody!

So anyways recently I decided I was going to buy a customized Alienware PC but I am having some trouble, you see I don't quite understand Harddrives and need somebody who does!

Can anybody tell me which hard drive is better in terms of Speed, Loading, Performance, and durability? And can somebody please recommend one for me?

Serial ATA III RAID 0 with Dual 3TB Hard Drives or the 512GB SSD 6Gb/s MAIN + 1TB 7200RPM Storage?
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The RAID 0 HDDs from my understanding will be "attached" to each other in a logical sense, meaning it will read as a single 6gb drive.

This is ideal for storage in the presented options.

The 512gb SSD will run MUCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCH faster but obviously give you the lesser storage space. Solid state drives have 0 moving parts and rely on very fast (and mostly reliable) read/write cycles. The drawback is these have a more predetermined lifespan than the traditional platter hard drives. The 1tb coupled with the 512gb SSD will by far be the best performance option (and also be quieter).

To promote a healthy life to the SSD option, keep the operating system and any of the games or heavy use applications on the SSD and store media files and documents and such on the 1TB.

On the flipside, if the 3tb drives are 10,000 RPM drives, it may be worth the Potential lifespan of the drives.

Most gaming HDD's I would say start seeing problems on average of 4-6 down the line.



My personal choice would be the SSD/1TB set.

Hope this helps
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gundamgeek wrote:

The RAID 0 HDDs from my understanding will be "attached" to each other in a logical sense, meaning it will read as a single 6gb drive.

This is ideal for storage in the presented options.

The 512gb SSD will run MUCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCH faster but obviously give you the lesser storage space. Solid state drives have 0 moving parts and rely on very fast (and mostly reliable) read/write cycles. The drawback is these have a more predetermined lifespan than the traditional platter hard drives. The 1tb coupled with the 512gb SSD will by far be the best performance option (and also be quieter).

To promote a healthy life to the SSD option, keep the operating system and any of the games or heavy use applications on the SSD and store media files and documents and such on the 1TB.

On the flipside, if the 3tb drives are 10,000 RPM drives, it may be worth the Potential lifespan of the drives.

Most gaming HDD's I would say start seeing problems on average of 4-6 down the line.



My personal choice would be the SSD/1TB set.

Hope this helps :)


Sweet thanks man been having a lot of trouble with this, and keep delaying building it since I don't know. Just to be sure SSD is better for gaming?
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Yes, most games store all the major content on the hard drive, the faster the hard drive, the faster those files load.
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gundamgeek wrote:

Yes, most games store all the major content on the hard drive, the faster the hard drive, the faster those files load.


Alright thanks man, I have another question see with Windows 8 being released soon and it being so dependent on "touch screen" say I upgrade my tower and add a third monitor (I only am buying 2 3D 1080P HD 120hrtzs) would it be possible to make that third monitor a touchscreen which could be used on Windows 8? Well keeping my Mouse and Keyboard hooked up?
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gundamgeek wrote:

Yes, most games store all the major content on the hard drive, the faster the hard drive, the faster those files load.


1 more thing I forgot to mention I am having trouble deciding between Graphics Card which would give me better quality, less lag and more reliability? Basically which will give me more advanced graphics.

4GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 690 or Dual 2GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 680 – NVIDIA SLI®
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OtakuBodyBuilder wrote:
Alright thanks man, I have another question see with Windows 8 being released soon and it being so dependent on "touch screen" say I upgrade my tower and add a third monitor (I only am buying 2 3D 1080P HD 120hrtzs) would it be possible to make that third monitor a touchscreen which could be used on Windows 8? Well keeping my Mouse and Keyboard hooked up?


That would be entirely up to the graphics driver of whatever video card you choose, a question like this you would need to ask the manufacturer. On a side note though, Windows 8 does not need a touch screen to operate, its just optimized for it; they are trying to make an Android-esqe system so people can have "Full" Win8 on their home PCs, Tablets, and cell phones. As far as touch screens go, you can always have a mouse and keyboard attached, it justs makes things easier :)


Go with the 690, I love SLI but if its only accomplishing what One card could do, save the space in your case to allow for better cooling.
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