I'm building a high-end system off the i7 core, and will probably use a 500gb hard drive (raptor? 7,200?), then later add another 500gb. I was wondering, 1st, is it worth going with RAID 0, or is the speed benefit pretty minor? also, what's a good hd speed? I have heard that higher speeds are more prone to wear out sooner, but they are faster. Is that enough of a concern that I should stick to a 7,200 rpm setup, or can i go faster without any real concern about shorter lifespan. I will probably be using my system for web editing/photoshoping, along with probably some gaming. I'm kinda new to this, so thnx in advance for the help
Frankly, for the price of a Raptor you can pretty much get one of the new Intel Solid State Disks (SSDs). It will outperform even fast HDDs in a RAID array for the types of IO you're most likely to encounter. It has less capacity, but for the OS disk where the bottleneck usually is you don't really need that much capacity anyway.