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Hi, I'm a gamer, and my steam folder is growing beyond 200GBs...time for an HD upgrade. What do RPMs mean to me? I have always used 7200RPM drives, would I notice a downgrade to 5400RPM(loading maps, games, etc.)?
    
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higher rpms means faster read and possibly write times so yeas loading maps and levels woudl take a hit abeit not that much. probably around 30% longer in wait time for you.
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There will be a difference but it not really worth it any more unless you raid. You raid 2 raptors you will notice changes but it would be better to get a ssd (way faster than a raptor) and a samsung f3 1tb hdd for data.
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Yes you will see a difference. A noticeable difference in loading games for sure. I would stick with 7200 RPM. Good speed. I'm not sure what the 10000 RPMs are like. I'm guessing a 10-25% increase in load speeds from 7200RPM?
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5400's tend to be a bit slower, but not drastically if it's just a storage drive. Even so, you can get a good 1TB drive for less than $70, and it would be worth it for the price.

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I am with the other opinions posted here. A perfect example would be, either crysis or borderlands. These games, once loaded, take a bit of time to load the textures properly. This phenomenon is much clearly visible with lower rpm drives. So stick with 7200 or upgrade to 10,000 if you must.
    
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5400's tend to be a bit slower, but not drastically if it's just a storage drive. Even so, you can get a good 1TB drive for less than $70, and it would be worth it for the price.

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Thanks guys, rep to all. Sadly, I cannot order this weekend, saving for a better monitor.
    
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