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post #11 of 18
TBH mate you'd be better off with a new drive, you'll notice the speed difference.

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post #12 of 18
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TBH mate you'd be better off with a new drive, you'll notice the speed difference.

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This, you can get a re-certified WD caviar blue 500 gb for around 30$ off newegg

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...-865-_-Product

and a dvd burner for cheap too

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16827151192
post #13 of 18
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It's definitely the drive. Those things max out at ~60MB/s, while SATA drives have much faster read/write times and access times. You may even want to upgrade to a $100 SSD like mine just for the OS, and use the IDE drive for DATA until you get a nice SATA drive. The herd disk is always the biggest bottleneck in a PC, and you're wasting your rig with that drive.
I've got a Samsung laptop IDE drive that averages 51 MB/s and it's supposedly the fastest 2.5" IDE drive out there. I guess a full size drive might be faster, but he's right. If you have the ability to put a "new" SATA drive in, do it. The newer 7200RPM drives will beat my old 10000RPM Raptor also, so buy a new one if you can.
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I'm planning to use one of these.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148511 A

Are those 500GB drives faster? Or at similar speed because if they are, I'll use the smaller one and buy an external for backup purposes.
    
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post #15 of 18
Having the DVD drive on the same IDE cable as the hard drive will result in massive slowdowns if both are used at the same time. The bandwidth of the IDE connection will be split in half. This is one of the reasons why SATA is better. Each SATA port has its own dedicated bandwidth.
post #16 of 18
call me crazy but when i upgraded my optical drive from IDE to sata, i got a performance boost of about 10fps in most games.
post #17 of 18
You are crazy, it wouldn't do anythign to your games.
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Last question. Is double the cache worth a bit more and will it have any real world benefits? I'm comparing the first and second one.
    
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