No WD blues!!!
Samsung 840 Pro 128GB is truly an awesome OS choice
For desktop PCs the rest of the drives (considering your budget) should all be 7200rpm SATA drives
If you lean towards WD drives, WD Blacks are great, and if you cannot afford 4, get 3
Take 2 HDs, RAID 0 = media, projects, scratch
Remaining HD (if 3 drives total), 2 drives (if 4 total) = cache, media cache, outputs
Thanks JEShort01. But why not WD blues? I thought they are pretty good. Blacks are for sure better, but I also heard they may work very noisy...
WD makes the Blue drives for "everyday" computing.
WD makes the Black drives for "power" computing - and this includes video editing! I don't find them noisy and they may even have a setting for "quiet" mode (they used too for sure)
WD makes enterprise drives too that are faster still and have even higher reliability ratings - this class of drive really does make some noticable noise!
The Blacks are a nice sweet spot for PCs doing video editing. The 5 year wtty. is nice too.
Here's why the WD blues are not the best choice in an editing system:
1) Although their spindle speed is 7200 RPM, their design favors quiet seeks over fast ones. As a result, their random access speed is relatively slow compared to most of the other 7200 RPM hard drives. That makes the Blues a less-than-optimal choice especially for the media cache, previews or pagefile (where both fast seeks and fast transfer rates are required).
2) They have only a two-year warranty (versus five years on the WD Blacks).
maybe I should try something else?
I'd go with that.
Start with option 2, but break apart the RAID 0 and set up the following config:
128GB - OS/Programs
1TB - Projects
1TB - Cache/Scratch
1TB - Media
1TB - Exports
By "Projects" do you mean .prproj save files? I thought they are just files that Premiere loads once and doesn't work on them constantly, therefore it doesn't involve hard drive. Wouldn't it be better to place project files on RAID drives, along with the media or cache?
Yes, it would be better (if better = faster performance) to keep projects along along with other files on RAID drives.