Just jumped on here, read through a few threads and found the SSD world has changed with these new Samsung SM951 and intel PCIe drives.
I was looking to upgrade my machine, specs are below.
My initial thought was to grab a new CPU, RAID Controller, and SSD drives for my RAID setup. I was eyeballing that new i7-5960X, the Areca ARC-1883i, and then I realized that the CPU would require a new motherboard as well as RAM, so the upgrade would be a new build. I was referred to this thread and get the idea behind that advice. I also looked at the speccy file for the X99_4.5GHz_3xGPU_SM951 and see that now, one can get by without a RAID controller if using these new SM951 type drives. Less is always better in my book.
So - I'm considering a milder upgrade now. Possibly going with the older i7-3930K CPU, adding a GTX970 video card, and then going with one 512GB SM951 drive for my OS (or an 840PRO), and one 512GB SM951 to house all projects. That would allow me to remove 4 conventional drives and my Samsung SSD. But I don't really understand whether those SM951 be compatible with my current Motherboard or what adapters I'd need to plug them in.
If someone could make a suggestion about these ideas, I'd appreciate it.
The next option would be to give my wife this machine and build a new monster from scratch around the more expensive 5960 CPU. Wife insists her computer works fine, she doesn't want mine, and we don't need a new monster machine...I of course, think it's inevitably necessary.
My main application is editing photos in lightroom and 1080 Canon DSLR HD video in premiere, with the occasional after effects work. Starting to have more 4k cross my path, and where I notice slowness is when I render in premiere, when I work with multiple layers of 1080 video, and when I export. Piling on effects slows things down nicely.
OS: Windows 7
Drive Config: 1=Operating system, 2x1TB=RAID0, 2x1TB=RAID0 (Backup will be to dual 3TB External Drives)
Case Speaker: APEVIA Model CVTCSPK 2" Case speaker
USB 3.0 BackUp/Export Drives: Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 Black Desktop Hard Drive STBV3000100
Extra Case Fan: Rosewill ROCF-11003 Hyperborea 140mm Case Fan
Drives are being used as follows:
SSD- C:\ - OS
2 x 1TG in RAID 0 as E:\ for Media, Projects
2 x 1TB in RAID 0 as F:\ for Export, Previews, Media Cache
2 x 3TB USB3.0 External for Backup and Storage