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Sorry if it has been asked before.

I am a first time builder and was wondering if getting a 5400 RPM internal is that bad. Will I notice a large performance increase if I opt for a 7200 RPM?

I'm asking because I can find cheaper 5400 than 7200 obviously, and I'm checking every possible avenue to cut down on my budget computer's price.

Thanks for the help!
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Yes, for a main storage drive I wouldn't settle for anything less than a 7200RPM.
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Ok, so the performance increased is fairly pronounced then?
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Originally Posted by tech210;13532785 
Ok, so the performance increased is fairly pronounced then?

I'd say that's a definite yes. Maybe if you're using 5400s for offhand data storage in a file server, but otherwise I'd stay away from them.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by tech210;13532785 
Ok, so the performance increased is fairly pronounced then?

Most definitely.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by tech210;13532764 
Sorry if it has been asked before.

I am a first time builder and was wondering if getting a 5400 RPM internal is that bad. Will I notice a large performance increase if I opt for a 7200 RPM?

I'm asking because I can find cheaper 5400 than 7200 obviously, and I'm checking every possible avenue to cut down on my budget computer's price.

Thanks for the help!

The difference is huge especially when comparing with SSD technology.
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Originally Posted by firedude721;13532809 
the difference is huge especially when comparing with ssd technology.



mushkin ssd for the win
    
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post #8 of 29
I've used both a 5400 RPM and a 7200 RPM drive for booting Windows7 and I must say I noticed maybe a 5 second difference in boot time (from cold start to usable desktop). Not sure what you guys mean when you say there's a huge difference.
 
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post #9 of 29
There is a performance hit. While, as a first time builder, I think you will be fine with a 5400rpm, the price difference between a 5400rpm and a 7200rpm can often be in the $10 range. If your build is limit to a specific budget try going for a smaller 7200rpm drive as you can always add more storage later on.

General rule of thumb for cash strapped builds:
-7200+rpm drive for OS and programs.
-5400rpm drive for storage.
post #10 of 29
I'm using a 5400RPM, I never used a 7200RPM so I can't tell the difference, but it goes to priorities, if I have to choose between HDD size and speed, I'd for the size. If you do ****load of copying or want quality stuff etc get the 7200RPM it sure will save you more time. HDD speed doesn't affect gaming though (maybe 1-3 more seconds loading between levels) so if gaming is your only concern I'd pick a big HDD.
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