$140 is going to limit your options, im going to suggest two options, a little over that price.
1) 500gb ssd for $150-$180. transfer speeds around 400-500mbps. samsung 850 evo would be best budget option.
2) 2 x 2tb hdd in raid 0 using the mbd intel raid controller. $160-$180. 200-300mbps. i like WD as a brand, but their black drives benchmark a little slower than the others. you can look at the toshiba or seagates for a little better performance. seagate has some of the worst failure rates on their 3tb hdd's, so stay away from those ones if going 3tb. dont bother with the sshd's either.
you can try the 2x 300GB WD Velocirators in raid 0 first before buying anything, to see if thats enough speed. those should be a bit slower than the new 2tb hdd's, guessing 150-220mbps. they may be close to the same speed as the samsung spinpoints.
I can't really go over my budget at this point. I just spent all I had upgrading my system so I have to take some baby steps for a few things. At the end of the year i will buy anew graphics card and HDD's.
Seagate 3TB is terrifying. The net is ablaze on the failure rates.
I have looked at Toshibas but apparently there is an issue in regards to their not working well with the SATA Express connectors on the newer ASUS mb's. I have a brand new Z97 Pro and it's ports 5 & 6 (the SATA Express) that will be in use so... I won't risk going Toshiba.
So $140 is my MAX right now. I want to get what I can for now that beats my old 1TB Spinpoints. Perhaps I should just format them and place them in a RAID 0 and see if I can increase their speed. I would just have to keep up on my back-ups.
yeah, thats a tough call. just not alot can do with $140, a bit out of price range for better than what you already have. the two spinpoints in raid should help speed them up, so raiding them or the WD velociraptors may be worth trying. it may at least hold you over till you can upgrade later. ssd price's should continue their decline, so at the end of the year, might find 500gb ssd closer to $100.
Well, recently the 1 TB Seagate Barracudas were on sale for $44 each...now $49 at New Egg. Two of them in a RAID 0 may get you by for now ONLY if you get ANOTHER 2TB Enterprise level HDD to back up that RAID with confidence. THAT 2 TB drive is $135. Total = $ 235 for 2 TB of backed up data....RAID running at ~ 220 to 250 MB/sec http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822178296
OR, just get a Crucial MX 200 SSD, 500 GB for $ 199 at New Egg or B & H....performance very close to your Samsung Pro 850 at less cost.....use this drive for "working" to achieve performance, placing working media files on it along with project files and all cache files and previews. Existing spinpoints can be used to archive, back up and primary storage.
Then, visit the PPBM8.com website to test your machine with the video benchmark...it will reveal any bottlenecks ,or, performance issues.
Thanks for that. I am going to DL and give it a shot.
I should update this thread on what I have done. For my main system I have purchased two 1TB WD VelociRaptors that were lightly used. Add up the hours and it comes out to around 52 days of use for each. Warranties are valid for 4.5 years so I should be a-okay. Always "But the Seller" and in this case the seller is tops. I'll use these in a RAID 0 as my file source drives and just be more diligent in backing up to my NAS (as well as the 3TB Green drive I have for a second backup of my project files).
Meanwhile I have installed two 300GB VelociRaptors in my Shuttle XPC build in a RAID 0 (Win7 on an Intel SSD) and holy crapper are they fast. Read/Write is blazing compared to a single 7200rpm drive. It wasn't easy fitting so many drives in a tiny Shuttle, but I was able to make it work. I'll have to keep up on my backups, of course.
I would bet that if your systems have good USB 3.0 ports that one Patriot Supersonic Magnum USB 3.0 device will outperform your RAID 0 Velociraptors