RAPTOR, sooo much better than a regualr 7200 RPM drive, deffinatly the raptor, plus theyre ment for gaming. I have a 300 Gb Maxtor SATA drive and it works fine but if i had the money i would get the raptor.
The Raptor is the fastest Sata drive you can buy, but also only available up to 150gigs and they are expensive. All that being said, if you want the best performance get the Raptor, I just got a great deal on a 74gig raptor from a friend and I love it , everything loads so much faster!!
Western Digital WD2500KS Caviar SE 250GB 7200RPM SATA2/300 16MB Cache - OEM £67.66
but after reading this post I'm now leaning towards:
Western Digital WD740GD 74GB "Raptor" 10,000RPM SATA/150 8MB Cache - OEM £113.89 (specs pasted from ebuyer)
I hate loading times but is the raptor really worth all that extra money, the caviar seems like great value. I checked out the link to its review but it kind of baffled me a bit. Are loading times going to be 'just a bit quicker' or is it really that extraordinary and more than twice as fast???
Im not sure its twice as fast, but the Raptor is significantly faster than regular 7200rpm drives that I have used. It really comes down to if a second or two here and there is worth paying double the money. Its not a good bang-for-the-buck kind of upgrade look at a faster cpu or more ram if you want that, get the Raptor if you need the absolute best performance. Im wondering if any other companies will come out with a 10k rpm drive any time soon?? Just curious what does the rest of your system consist of??