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post #1 of 17
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I want to move up to SATA. Drive noise and capacity are not really concerns of mine but performance is! I'm looking at:

Western Digital Raptor 36.7GB - $105
10,000 RPM
16MB cache
SATA 150


Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250GB - $80
7200 RPM
16MB cache
SATA 3.0Gb/s

Does the Barracuda have faster bursts than the Raptor because of the SATA II interface? Is the Raptor noticeably faster?
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post #2 of 17
Raptor by a long shot. There is no real difference between SATAI and SATAII, since current hardware does not even get close to maximize the bandwidth of SATAI, let alone SATAII

And burst is not really an important factor, esp. compared with access times and sequential read. At those two last factors, the Raptor kills the Barracuda
    
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post #3 of 17
If you want brute strength (which you do), go for the Raptor, not just 1 but 2 and RAID them . I won't steer u wrong
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post #4 of 17
yeah, if you want to rock and can afford it, get two. RAID0.
    
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post #5 of 17
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I also want to buy RAM but I can only afford to get one thing at a time. What's a good program to find out whether my 512mb memory is limiting me and how much I'm using? I'm trying to figure out what the bigger bottleneck is, RAM or HDD. I don't play any games from the last few years... yet. Mostly just general windows use and web browsing.
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post #6 of 17
Raptor by far seagate hasnt built so called durabilty they tend to overheat and die quite often atleast with my dealign with them WD has done a superb job on there raptor with quality and reliabity.
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post #7 of 17
Raptor > ALL

Go to http://www.download.com and search for the RAM monitors/ultilities that help you clean up your RAM. Those programs tell you how much you use and monitors it for you. Definitely need more RAM 512MB is insufficient for today's gaming.
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post #8 of 17
The current day standard is 2GB RAM. However, RAM is right now very expensive, and I hope prices might get down a bit (not sure that will happen for DDR, since supply is dropping...)
    
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post #9 of 17
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I downloaded a RAM monitoring program called RamPage and even with way more programs open than I ever use, I still have at least 250MB of free memory. I don't think I'd see much of a performance boost just by having more available memory. Like I said, I don't have any games from the past few years. Looks like I'll be getting the Raptor first.

Edit- right now I'm browsing this page and listening to an mp3 on winamp and I have over 310MB of RAM free.
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post #10 of 17
Get both if you can... I have a pair of raptors raid0 and although benchies I've run don't show it, it is just plain fast - just something you feel. Even a single raptor boot and a bigger, slower drive for storage is a good start, you can add another raptor and reormat when you have the $.

And raptors usually come with a 5 year warranty - they gotta know what they're doing to offer that.

If you're after economy, you can buy 2 'Cuda 200's and Raid0 them for 400Gb space and faster speeds! Just don't expect them to survive as long and remember raid0 failure means unrecoverable loss of data.
    
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