I have always been a gamer, and have kept my machine up to date, but I never understood what is the best Harddrive option for a gamer. I asume you mustly want wast read time and seek time and random seek. NCQ as well but you just need sata2 for that, is there anything else that is important or am I missing the mark? How do i make a good HD choice for a game focused machine.
As fast a CPU and graphics as you can afford, and at least 3-4GB of usable memory.
Seriously. While faster disk xfer rates and lower seek times are always better, the question is: At what cost, and would that money be better spent elsewhere?
First question: What are your metrics? FPS? Load/startup time? Synthetic xfer-rate and seek-time benchmark results? ...? Second question: What is your budget? Third question: What existing hardware do you have to work with?
I don't think you're missing anything... as usual, it depends; there are a lot of tradeoffs and there is no single correct answer. That applies to any application or system, not just games.
I have enough money to get what I want, but what do I want lol, I just like good FPS, I have a 250 gig Hitachi drive 7200 rpm Sata2
I am asking because I think I am going to rebuild my system get a new i7 chip and a new vid card so why not a new HD, but I will stick with the one I got if it is fine, no reason to make un-needed contributions to the economy lol