I recently purchased a computer for donation to a Non-profit Music Association in the Denver area. It will be used by the sound engineer for recording which requires a good bit of horsepower and speed when multiple tracks of music are being processed. The computer has these basic specs:
PhenomX4 1.8GHz (Not the fastest,but they've been on a P4)
GeoForce 6150SE nForce Chipset
6GB RAM (DDR2 SDRAM)
We had planned on one HD to house the O.S. and Recording Software, and a second for Storage.
The computer specs stated 1T SATA 3G, 7,200 rpm and I had been researching the merits of adding one 10,000 rpm drive, vs two 7,200 rpm dives in a RAID configuration. On a second look at the specs the 1T comes as two 500GB 7,200 rpm drives.
So my question is what to do now. Would it be fastest to set the two drives up in a RAID and run everything off of them, or would adding a smaller 10,000 rpm HD to handle the processing have any advantages? If not, would running the two in a RAID be speedier than using one HD for operations and one for storage. I guess my quandry is partly rpm vs RAID, and partly whether separating processing and storage onto different drives makes any difference.
I'm sure this topic gets beaten to death, but my search lead me to this forum and I've learned a lot in reading some threads, and it's apparent that there is a high level of expertise gathered here. Any advice would be greatly appreciated, and I'll say thanks in advance to those who share there time and knowledge here with the less informed.