I do a lot of stock analysis, with fairly (but not excessive) large datasets. I also run heavy real-time stock analysis online for about 6 hours a day when the market is open. I'm not a gamer, although some might equate the heavy graphics work of the market platforms as approaching the same demand load.
I'm not currently having any real problems, but have some hardware laying around that is burning a hole in my pocket. Would you make some changes?
I'm running 4 30" monitors at 2560 off a GTX680/2GB. Windows 7 64 bit.
CPU is i7-3770K in a ASUS P8Z77-V Premium M/B with 32GB Corsair DDR3-1600.
Here where the choices begin to arise.
Currently I have a single Samsung 1TB 840 as a system + Programs drive, connected to the Intel grey SATA-III port. The other grey port is connected to a Samsung 256 GB 830 that isn't really used for anything.
I have a Hitachi 4TB data drive, connected to one of the Marvell SATA-III ports. It is only about 30% full right now.
I recently added a Synology NAS to implement offline remote access (at a later time) and manage backups and historical data. It currently has > 10TB of data it's holding. So local storage on the primary system isn't a concern.
I also have (not currently installed) an additional 4TB Hitachi drive plus a Seagate 4TB drive.
Originally, wanting to learn more about RAID (I'm a complete noob WRT Raid), I thought about putting the Hitachi drives in a Raid0 pair. Then I read in the ASUS M/B manual, "Due to chipset limitation [sic], when SATA ports are set to RAID mode, all SATA ports run at RAID mode together." Also the BIOS doesn't seem to differentiate between the Intel RAID setting and the Marvell RAID setting. So I am confused and uneducated.
It doesn't appear that I can implement the 2 Hitachi drives in RAID while leaving the 840 primary system drive as a solitary drive, correct?
If that's true, then:
1. Would you just add another 840 drive and RAID0 the system drive using the Intel ports, then RAID0 the Hitachi drives using the Marvell ports?
2. IF the 'either/or' option (RAID only the system drive, or RAID only the Data drives) *IS* available, which would you do? Or both still?
3. Would an update to Win 8.1 Pro offer any benefit before doing this?
4. Of course, there is always Option 4 - Leave well enough alone.
Or, if you have any other thoughts, I'd love to hear them. My plan is to upgrade to a 1150 M/B and new CPU sometime around August/September after things settle down somewhat....
I *REALLY* appreciate your thoughts and advice on this! Not really barn-burning issues, but I'd would like to do something. As I said, burning a hole.....