I want to buy a SATA drive 3.0 G/s to put in my current system that supports 1.5 G SATA as a second hard drive. I plan to use the 3.0 G/s drive in my new system that I will build in the fall. The new system will support 3.0 G/s.
You said you're not going to be using your PC for anything hardcore. Raptors are very hardcore. You won't notice the difference in everyday apps or the occasional game. Save yourself a couple hundred bucks and get a 7200RPM Seagate PR drive.
As a Raptor user i have to add you can see a difference in seconds in games with lots of loading (like NWN2 i`m playing now),but as you said its up to the user to spend the extra cash for a couple of seconds.
Yes, and I agree that for a hardcore gamer a Raptor might be worth it (except maybe now since the 1TB Hitachi's are faster), but for an average user its wayyy overkill. You can get a perfectly decent 160GB Seagate or WD for 60 bucks.