I really have a small understanding of how hard drive specs are maintained. Why does everyone rave about the speed of the new velociraptors?? I don't understand where the difference is. The average seek times are better, but not by much. I really need to know if the purchase is worth the money. Right now I have a 7200.10 barracuda, windows loads in about 1 minute, 55 seconds (lots of background stuff). Games load pretty slow, so do my image/video editing apps (photoshop and premiere pro). Please tell me, how much faster can I expect this velociraptor to be?? I'd love to see comparisons of drives, I wasn't able to find them.
Also, if you recommend that I do a raid0 with two cheaper hard drives instead, please, PLEASE, also recommend a good, well priced raid controller. My mobo is gigabyte Ds3l, so no raid