I have a spacious computer tower with available cd and floppy bays with hot swap racks, i have a pcie 1x, a pcie 4x, and a spare pcie 16x ( all 2.0). My mobo is capable of over clocking the pcie slots. I Use this computer for everything from a work station to entertainment center. I use computationally and graphically intensive engineering design simulation software, and even play video games some times. I require dual boot ubuntu and windows 7.
Three main factors for me are ease of use, performance and price
Ease of use: I require a dual boot system. If i use two drives (one OS per drive) it may make it easy to update or replace a given OS. If i use one drive it must be easy to make partitions and boot from and install an OS on either partition.
performance and cost: a good performance to cost ratio is desired
I have contemplated two different configurations.
Configuration Option 1
Because my on board sata controller is a sata 2, i would want to add a sata 3 controller to my pcie 4x slot?
I am considering this "highpoint" sata controller because this model (correct me if i am wrong) allows for at least two drives with two pcie lanes each. Is two Pcie lanes enough bandwidth for sata 3 speeds?
There is also this one that uses 8 pcie lanes
AT that price point i could probably by a new motherboard gerrr
Once i have this controller i would then want two 128GB SSD drives perhaps some kingston hyperxes, one drive for each OS. I could even keep both drives in a dual 2.5" drive hot swap rack. Placing the selected drive in the rack would be my boot selection. This configuration raises concerns about heat dissipation. How much heat would one expect a ssd drive to make?
I would also be willing to consider a hybrid drive like the seagate momentus xt if it is a better match for the speeds of the cheaper sata controller?
One benefit to this design is that, having separate drives and a separate controller would reduce the cost of repair or upgrade. I would only have to upgrade a single SSD or a single SATA controller.
Configuration Option 2
In this configuration i would use a 256 Gig revo drive 3 with two bootable partitions. Based on some of the amazon reviews this can be some work due to the lack of linux driver support?
Do you have any alternative configurations you would suggest?
I also must be able to continue using my onboard sata conttroller and old HDD drives for data storage. I also desire to retain the Raid capabilitiues of my onboard sata controller so that i can use the hot swap functionality in my hot swap racks for HDDs.
Mobo: Biostar I55 Tpower
BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. Version:080015
CPU: i5 760 @ 2.88 GHZ
RAM: 12 GB Kingston hyperx at 2000 MHZ
Vid: Nvidia GeForce 9500 GT (plan to upgrade too Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 TI OC. by MSI)
Chipset: Intel DMI host Bridge Rev. 11,Intel P55 South Bridge Rev. 05, And LPCIO ITE IT8720
OS: Dual boot ubuntu12.1(64bit)/windows7(64bit)
Edited by Chaoscraig, 12 December 2012 - 12:00 AM.