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New System, Old HDDs

This is my new build that i recently got, excluding the monitor, ( I really just assumed that keeping my old HDDs would be fine but i thought that i should at least ask. Links to my old HDDs are after the computer build.

$75.00 (In-store Micro Direct deal)

CPU: Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz
$199.99 (In-store Micro Direct deal)

Monitor: Dell SP2208WFP;rnav[/#ff7f00]

Motherboard: ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel

($109.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate Card)

RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
($129.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate Card)

CPU Cooler: Scythe MUGEN-2

GPU: DIAMOND 5850PE51G Radeon HD 5850 1GB


Old Drives: Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600JD 160GB 7200 RPM
Owned and used full time since August 2004


Western Digital Caviar SE WD3200JB 320GB 7200 RPM
Owned and used full time since 2005

My question is besides the obvious lack of storage space is there any reason to upgrade these for gaming purposes. I don't store movies or massive amounts of data that needs to be moved around a lot. If so what are some recommendations.

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    Newer drives are all around much faster. Something like the WD Black 640gig or 1 TB are as fast as previous gen Raptors. You will see Windows and programs load faster. To me those old drives are going to be a huge bottleneck with that nice i7.

    I can tell a HUGE difference between my older WD 250 Cavier SE16s and my WD 640 Blacks even without RAID.
  2. You can keep the old hdd as extra storage on you computer but as anort3 said, your current hdd's will be very slow. new hdd are cheap and most of them are faster than what they where just a few year's ago.
  3. Any recommendations or this is the best option?

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache
  4. that would be the best option.
  5. If money is no option I would even go with a Velociraptor or even a good SSD drive for your OS and apps and something like a 1TB WD green for backup and general storage.

    If you just want a good solid one HD solution that 640AALS is hard to beat. And yeah just keep those old ones for storage no reason not to.

    Nice box you are putting together. It should be sweet.
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