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September 30, 2009 5:48:04 PM

This is my new build that i recently got, excluding the monitor, (http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/271583-31-build-finis...). 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.

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Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932
http://micro-center.com/single_product_results.phtml?pr...
$75.00 (In-store Micro Direct deal)

CPU: Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$199.99 (In-store Micro Direct deal)

Monitor: Dell SP2208WFP
http://reviews.cnet.com/lcd-monitors/dell-sp2208wfp/450...;rnav[/#ff7f00]

Motherboard: ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$169.99

PSU:
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$119.99
($109.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate Card)

RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$139.99
($129.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate Card)

CPU Cooler: Scythe MUGEN-2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$39.99

GPU: DIAMOND 5850PE51G Radeon HD 5850 1GB
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...
$279.99

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Old Drives: Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600JD 160GB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Owned and used full time since August 2004

and

Western Digital Caviar SE WD3200JB 320GB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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.

Thanks.


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a c 107 G Storage
September 30, 2009 6:59:38 PM

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.
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September 30, 2009 8:14:49 PM

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.
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September 30, 2009 10:24:08 PM

that would be the best option.
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a c 107 G Storage
October 1, 2009 4:34:10 AM

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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February 23, 2012 9:48:36 PM

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