What CPU, clock speed (stock or OC GHz), motherboard, amount RAM?
I have an i7 920 at 4GHz and 12GB ram and my motherboard is a P6T. My vid card is a GTX 470.
You have a really strong system!
Assuming you are running CS5, your system would benefit most from some level of RAID and to be fully balanced. I would suggest one of the following to match up with the rest of your setup:
1) hardware RAID w/ redundancy (i.e. RAID 5, etc.) with 5 1TB drives (between $1000 - $1500)
2) 3 or 4 drive RAID 0, by adding matching drives to any of the 3 drives that you have already (only pick one, retire the other two) (between $125 - $250)
Either of these options would require buying new drives (matched drives are strongly recommended for RAID arrays), and should be configured as per Harm's Generic Guideline for Disk Setup for Number of Disks = 5 (yes, even if you only go with a 3x RAID 0).
3) If you are really trying to save $$$, just follow Harm's guideline for Number of Disks = 4 and use your current drives, however I'm sensing with your choice of boot drive (pretty sweet C300!) you probably would not mind adding some additional matched drives and then using the leftover 2 unmatched drives for backups or other use.
The following thread includes some before / after mention of how CS5 performance was impacted by changes to drives in terms of PPBM5 benchmark testing:
If you have the time, you could test option 3 above using PPBM5 and see where your system falls. If you do, I would be interested in your finding - please post the results back to this thread as well.
this is interesting information. I have two more questions:'
1) If I keep my current configuration, what should I put on my fastest hard drive? Projects? Media Cache? etc
2) I do have a matched pair of 750GB drives. What raid software should I use if I decide to make a raid array out of them?
Regarding 2) Download the latest Intel Matrix RAID from either Asus or Intel, it is free
Regarding 1) If you go with the RAID 0 for 2x750GB for your D: drive, put your projects, media, and export files on that array; put everything else (Win7 pagefile, CS5 media cache, media cache DB, and CS5 scratch files) on your C: drive. If you do not go RAID 0, I'm not sure exactly what would be best.