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The weakest part of my rig by far is my HDD setup.
I've got a 5,400rpm HDD running windows 7,
and a WD Caviar Blue 7,200rpm HDD with World of Warcraft installed.

If I upgrade the HDDs will I see any improvement in performance while playing WOW?
Will changing then disk drive Windows is on do anything?
Would a RAID 0 setup for the OS/ WOW/ both increase performance?

Looking for a moderately priced solution, as I just had almost a thousand dollars worth of work done on my car.
(I do have an 80GB 7200rpm WD drive I'm not using atm, may be able to find another one or two HDDs)

Thanks for any help I can get!
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Well, a SSD would be the best bet since they have fantastic random access times.

Edit: You should clarify "performance". A SSD would greatly reduce texture load times, but a CPU or video card upgrade would yield different benefits.

Also, here's some insight from someone with experience:
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Originally Posted by Murlocke View Post
My Intel X25-M SSDs made a huge difference in WoW. Especially in Dalaran. Things loaded instantly, and there were no loading chops anymore. I was using 2x Raptors before the SSDs and it was still a worlds difference.

Open World games benefit from fast hard drives because they are constantly getting data off the hard drive for the open world.

Edited by t-ramp - 6/7/11 at 11:07am
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It would lower the loading times to dungeons.
Won't increase FPS much.

If you want more FPS then get DX11 capable card. DX 11 on wow gives a nice FPS boost.
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What I do is... ugh so ashamed but whatever.. I'm a graphic designer and have the SSD to boot off of and then regular 7200 and 5400 rpm drives for storage but then I have my 10,000 rpm raptor drive for the scratch disk in the adobe suite and other editing programs...as well as WoW... Load times are fast, and buffering of levels as you're traveling is seamless but the biggest increase will come from the CPU now since they've doubled the engine they use and now heavily rely on CPU usage. (they support multicore cpus and use it a lotttt)
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SSD would increase performance in WoW by a lot. Loading screens will be almost instant and texture loading, especially in capital cities, will be much faster.
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A popular method is to buy a cheap ssd to store the OS, frequently accessed apps & 1-2 games.

-Yes upgrading will improve performance. However if you want it to be noticeable, you will need a hdd with a large cache (32-64mb) & 10k rpm. As for ssds any model will do.
-Depends on what disk you plan to move windows over to. Slower disk longer boot vice versa. Nothing else will change.
-Raid 0 is basically the splitting of workload between "x" number of drives. However the speed at which the drives perform is bottlenecked by the slowest disk in the array. (ie. 5400rpm & 7200rpm raid 0 will result in both drives running @ 5400rpm).

Solutions:

hdd hdd
,
ssd ssd
, .

*Little footnote about Sshdds. They are basically a hybrid between hdd's capacity and price & ssd's performance. A small ssd chip is embedded in the hdd to act as a "bridge" from the computer to the main storage unit.
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Get a C 400 you will love it!

I have the C 300 and it's badass!
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Get a C 400 you will love it!

I have the C 300 and it's badass!
Maybe even consider getting older C300 for awesome random reads!



"Crucial optimized very heavily for random read performance, and to this day nothing (even the replacement m4/C400) can outperform the C300 in our small file random read test."

Source: http://www.anandtech.com/show/4421/t...-ssd-roundup/2
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