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I'd save 200USD, and just get Samsung Spinpoint F3 drives. Raptors will be louder, much more expensive, without much to show for it.
My VelociRaptors are quieter than most 7200RPM drives I've owned. Now, the older Raptors...

And performance wise, the reason you buy a VelociRaptor is for the access time. It's the same thing that makes SSDs much faster than standard HDDs.

A Spinpoint F3 gets around 13ms access time. Most modern 7200RPM drives are about the same there. A VelociRaptor gets 6.5ms. An SSD has an access time of 0.1ms. A Ram drive is 0.0ms.

When loading lots of small files or booting Windows this makes quite a large impact. So while I wouldn't recommend paying $250 for one, if you can pickup a 150GB for $60 it's certainly a good deal. I personally have two 160GBs I picked up from Ebay over two years ago for $90 a piece. Still running strong.
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based on the responses from this thread, I would love to save 200 bucks to put into my watercooling.

And, for my OS boot drive, I have been reading that the Crucial C300's are great. Any objections/opinions here?
    
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If you have to have it now, C300. Or just wait for 6gb/s
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If you have to have it now, C300. Or just wait for 6gb/s
well, the c300 is SATA3 6gb/s as far as this is concerned...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-361-_-Product

this was the drive i was going to go with for win7
    
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based on the responses from this thread, I would love to save 200 bucks to put into my watercooling.

And, for my OS boot drive, I have been reading that the Crucial C300's are great. Any objections/opinions here?
So you were looking at the Raptors as your storage drives? If so, don't for sure. As has been mentioned, Raptor drives have a faster seek time which helps for Windows boot times and loading files and load time sin some games. Unless you REALLY want to see your Word docs a split second faster Raptor storage drives are an expensive waste.

Going to a SSD like the Crucial C300s will not save you $200 unless your budget for OS drive was separate than the Raptor, since they cost about $140 for a 64GB model......it will give you blistering fast Windows load times though. Of course so does having 8GB of RAM. I have two systems with 8GB of RAM, only one has an SSD. I have not raced them, but the non-SSD does not seem noticeably slower to boot.

So I guess you should clarify your budget for drives.

If you want the most bang for your buck, honestly, I would go with a nice storage drive (1TB or larger) and then get two smaller HDDs and RAID 0 them for your OS. This will give you fast access times for your OS and any programs you load onto the RAID partition and a large storage space for not a lot of money.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148698 (x2)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148506


That's $250 for everything (less than a single Raptor), will give you fast load times, and 2TB of storage. If you went with a 64GB C300 for the OS instead of the RAID, it would be $310.
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the ssd was a separate budget, and i mainly play Microsoft Flight Simulator X and Battlefield 2 at the moment. And i know nothing about RAID, nor do i need much more than 1gb of storage for anything. So those two seagate 160s in RAID0 will make more speed, and utilize the 6gb/s speed rating, correct?
    
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I have a samsung 2tb, its ever so quiet, and really reliable, I believe I got it for only $79. A lot better value than that thing.
    
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