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If I get two Western Digital Caviar GP WD5000AACS 500GB and RAID 0 them for 189.98, or just buy a Western Digital Caviar GP WD10EACS 1TB for 229.99?

Now its not about performance, but am trying to keep costs down, but also keep it quiet, and reliable. Is the $40 saved on the 2 500GB drives worth it? The 1TB drive might go over my budget, so I may have to go with a 750GB WD GP. Let me know any opinions.
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I did 2x250GB Western Digital AAKS's and I'm pretty happy with it.

In terms of performance I dunno - I don't see that big a difference anymore.
    
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Western Digital GP is the quietest 3.5" form factor hard drive. This is because it is a 5400RPM hard drive. It is the best HD for a HTPC since noise is a more important factor than performance. The advantage of the 2xRAID0 is better performance (but it doesn't matter here) and cost. However, the single 1TB has the benefit of producing less heat and leaves room to add another HD. This is really up to you... will you ever want to add more HDs and will you have room? If no, then just go for the cheaper two.


2xRAID0 500GB = cheaper
1TB = room for another HD, slightly less heat.
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