Best/Fasted 250GB Hard Drive for Raid 0?

I'm about ready to build my new system. One component I have relatively little knowledge of is hard drives: I usually just pick the cheapest 7200rpm HDs and put them in RAID 0. Right now, I have two 160GB Wester Digital 8MB cache (not even sure of the model).

For my new build, I'd like to go with two 250GB HD's for RAID 0 (and possibly a third 500GB HD for back up). I mainly use my PC for gaming and Pro Tools mixing. Are there any suggestions for the fastest, most durable hard drive model?
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  1. The Seagate 500GB 7200.11 with 32MB have very good rating. They are may be too big but are not expensive. Get three of them and RAID-0 two of them.
  2. Does this model come in smaller capacity? 1TB is overkill for my needs.

    For the price of 3, I could get two 150GB Raptors...
  3. Here is the smaller one. It says 7200.10 but it is what the 500 gig 7200.11 was built on. The 250 gig one in the link is one platter. The 500 gig 7200.11 seagate is two 250 platters.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148262
  4. I just picked up a Seagate ES.2 250 GB drive and the thing is lightning FAST! I like them over the 7200.11 drives as they have extended life and are ment to be run all day. Seagate classified them as "server" drives, well worth the extra few dollars. They also have the 32MB Cache. Raptors are yesterday news, The hype is over as these other manufactures get VERY close to their performance for a much lower cost per GB.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148309
  5. harmattan said:
    Does this model come in smaller capacity? 1TB is overkill for my needs.

    For the price of 3, I could get two 150GB Raptors...

    I forgot the Raptor are less expensive in US vs Canada.

    Why not have two Raptor in RAID-0 and RAID-0 your old two 160 for a 32-GB Backup?
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