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Is my HDD creating a bottleneck?

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This is my build (Ordering it soon):

CPU:Intel Core i7 2600K Quad Core Unlocked Hyperthreading Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Sandy Bridge 8MB$345


MOBO:ASUS P8P67 Pro ATX P67 LGA1155 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI SATA3 USB3.0 Sound GBLAN Motherboard $189


Memory:
G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL Ripjaws 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 240PIN DIMM Memory $103.91


PSU:Corsair Professional HX850W 850W ATX 12V 70A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply Active PFC 140MM Fan $181



GPU:XFX Radeon HD 6950 2GB GDDR5 PCI-E 2XDVI HDMI 2x Mini DisplayPort Video Card $316



HDD:Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM $99

Chassis:Coolermaster Haf X EATX Tower Case Black 6X5.25 5X3.5INT No PS Front USB3.0 $180


AudioCard:Integrated

Disc Drive:
LG CH10LS20 Bluray Reader & DVD Writer Combo Drive 10X BD-ROM 16X DVD-RW Lightscribe SATA Retail Box$85
Extra:
Cooling:Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA775 LGA1156 120MM$29.99

Ordering lights and extra fans as well as anti-static bracelet and thermal compound. (Of course Windows 7 as well)


Now, for the real question of the thread: Does the 1TB drive create a bottleneck? I believe this system to be quite good, but I would like my loading times (Especially in games) to be good as well. I have given thought to SSDs, but they are quite pricey right now and so I was planning to wait for a few months.

Is a RAID setup worth it? (I have never done RAID and know very little about it except basics). Or should I fork over an extra $70 for a SSD?


Any help is very appreciated.
    
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
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post #2 of 8
Any platter drive is a bottleneck, even in RAID. I would go with the SSD, assuming you don't need the storage of a larger drive.
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post #3 of 8
SSD for a boot drive, and keep your 1tb for everything else.
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Windows is your bottleneck.
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Care to elaborate? Is the windows premium the problem, or is windows itself the problem?
    
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Originally Posted by Integrand View Post
Care to elaborate? Is the windows premium the problem, or is windows itself the problem?
He was being a troll.
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Asus VG236HE XArmor U9BL-S Enermax Galaxy Evo 1250W Corsair 600T 
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post #8 of 8
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Ok thanks a lot!
    
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