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Also on the Barracudas - for $20 more at newegg you can upgrade from 250G to 320G. You might consider spending the extra $40 for 140 more gigs. The 320G is the exact same 7200.10 perpendicular drive as the 250G - just has more gigs.

And if you order with newegg before 30th, the 320G's have free shipping - so you end up spending about $30 for 140 more gigs. This has to be probably one of the best deals out there for price/performance on an HDD. AND you get a 5 year warranty from Seagate to boot.

Reviews for the new Barracudas have been really good as well. The only drawback is they run hotter than their counterparts the Caviars and for general overall performance, may not be as fast for general
application use - although in certain areas of disc access, the perpendicular technology really does shine.
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post #93 of 146
You sure you're going to fill up that much disk space? 500GB (the two cheaper ones) is already plenty space. I don't know how storage hungry you are, but if yuo don't need it, save the $30 and don't get it.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by dannyyboii

I really want 10,000RPM drives but that would be crazy $$$
Those perp drives in a raid will beat out any single drive.
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Depends on how yo look at it. In terms of bandwidth, the RAID wins, in terms of access times, the 10k drive wins.

Based on overall price/performance, the RAID0 array wins hands down
    
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Isn't RAID0 with 10kRPM drives possible?
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Also one other suggestion I might make for what appears to be an excellent new rig you plan on building. Power supply is very important and usually the most overlooked component of newbies building a rig. So don't go skimpy on your PSU - make sure it's efficient and has enough juice for what you're planning to use your rig for.

Something else often overlooked is a good UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply). It's something you might think about. What a UPS will do for you is condition your power going to your rig so that you avoid all the spikes and dips and surges - and also add much better protection if there is an actual power outage or brown out while you're on. I can tell you, when a brown-out happens in a town, once the power goes back on - the local PC fixit shop gets swamped with calls by people who can't get their PC's to work anymore.

A UPS will keep your computer running even after the power goes out, long enough for you or it to automatically save everything and shut down your system gracefully. Also UPS units have much better guaranteed surge protection AND will protect your cable/modem lines. And UPS are now affordable and cost about as much as a good PSU.
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post #98 of 146
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chozart
You sure you're going to fill up that much disk space? 500GB (the two cheaper ones) is already plenty space. I don't know how storage hungry you are, but if yuo don't need it, save the $30 and don't get it.
It just was kind of irresistable to me, I mean for $30 you get 140 more gigs!

But also, if you stripe larger on your raids (= better performance), more gigs will help.

I've always wondered what the longevity of an HDD running at 10,000 rpm was. Also note: perpendicular technology has less moving parts and is supposedly more robust and should last longer because of that.
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Any possible links you can show me about a UPS? When you say brown-out..do you mean blackout?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by dannyyboii
Any possible links you can show me about a UPS? When you say brown-out..do you mean blackout?
Yes. APC provides really good UPS's. The offer power conditioning along with solid quiet performance. Here's a link:

http://www.bizrate.com/ups_poweradap...formation.html
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