It is a waste of space to use a 160 G SSD, 80 G would be more than sufficient for OS & programs and will save a lot of money. With that amount saved get three additional Seagates, configure 4 of them in Raid10, so you have the required redundancy but also by striping them a much coveted speed gain. Then use the last one for a fixed pagefile. The alternative is to use all 5 disks in a raid5 (raid3 would take you way over budget). Personally I would prefer the raid5 because to the higher speed than a raid10 and the lower cost.
Thanks for the reply Harm.
This leads to another question however - is the onboard RAID controller up to the task of Raid10 or Raid5? I'm under the impression that the RAID cards that would be in my budget would offer no siginificant advantage over the onboard one, but I could be wrong.
I did not see a raid controller in your budgetted components, but according to the Gigabyte website the mobo has:
- 6 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (SATA2_0, SATA2_1, SATA2_2, SATA2_3, SATA2_4, SATA2_5) supporting up to 6 SATA 3Gb/s devices
- Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10
Marvell 9128 chip:
- 2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (GSATA3_6, GSATA3_7) supporting up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s devices
- Support for SATA RAID 0 and RAID 1