Before I suggest anything....
1. what are the RPM of the drives?
2. are you intending on running multi-boot down the road?
1. The HDD info is in my OP. But, to say it again, the 3x 320GB HDDs are all 7200RPM 16MB buffer drives. 2 of them are Samsung drives and the 3rd is by Seagate
2. I am thinking of doing a win7 / win8 dual boot but I haven't decided on that. That's one of the options I listed up above in my OP.
Type speed and interface of all drives available would be nice. It would be much easier to give you your best options.
All 4 drives are SATA II, 16MB buffer, 7200 RPM. Aside from the single 250GB HDD, the other three are 320GB which is why I'm considering doing a 2 disk or 3 disk RAID array of some sort.
If your sure you will be getting an SSD, I would look into a LSI MegaRAID card. Use two HDD in Raid 1 and the SSD for Cache. That would be quite fast.
I'm not sure if or when I'd be getting the SSD though. And if I get a RAID card, I would be using it to connect to an external enclosure and setting up a minimum 5 disk RAID 5 on it.
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