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January 22, 2008 12:36:36 PM

Hello all,

I'm intending to buy a new computer soon and need some help deciding which HD configuration and type to go for.

The computer will be use for gaming and graphic purpose.

I'm not sure which of the following would give me the best performance,

1. 2 320GB WD3200YS in a Raid 0 confuguration.

2. 1 small HD (let say 160-250GB, not raptor) for windows vista 64bit and another 500GB wd5000AAKS or
ST3500320AS (which one is better?) for DATA.

3. other suggestions.

What do you think? will the raid 0 give me a better performence in windows and games? is it worth the risk of losing data?

Thanks in advanced...

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January 22, 2008 1:35:45 PM

Its not always beneficial. I used to run my OS on a 2x80gb raid0 array. I gave one of the 80s to my sister when I built her pc and I didnt notice much difference from the raid0 in gaming or system performance. I now have 2 raid0 arrays 2x400 and 2x500 for storing extremely large media files and transferring them from one array to another is extremely fast, but my OS is on a single 400gb drive. I also have another media center PC with a raid0 array. Everything is hooked up to the gigabit network so I get excellent speeds there.

Now a friend of mine has 2 raptors in raid0 for his os, and his system does feel a lot more responsive. I havent benchmarked anything on there so I dont know that his performance was definitely better, but it did feel quicker. Im sure even just one raptor would improve the responsiveness due to the extremely low seek times, but even so, i would recommend your option #2.
January 22, 2008 3:54:32 PM

Thanks,

So, if I goes on option 2, which HD should I take for the small one and which for the large? is the Baracuda series better then the AAKS series?
January 23, 2008 5:55:41 AM

I have the same issue with my new build, just didn't have the money at he time to get going on the raid setup. I have a Baracuda series 500GB and I love it. Very nice hard drive.
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