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On a TIGHT budget, how much cache?

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February 27, 2010 9:16:52 PM

Ok, so im building my computer, and i have everything down but the hard drive and was wondering what performance gain i would get with more cache such as the 2 to 8 or the 8 to 16 or 16 to 32mb or even 2 to 32mb.

How much cache is overkill, is there such a thing as cache overkill? How much will i sqeeze out of the more cache? Remember im on a really tight budget lol.

Thanks Ahead!

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February 27, 2010 9:27:11 PM

Also when they say 3gb/s for SATA, do they mean UP TO or ALL THE TIME? Just curious... lol
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February 27, 2010 9:32:16 PM

16mb or 32mb will do just fine. 64mb is not worth the price tag. The performance difference is minimal in lot of cases. I would buy a hd that has a good long warranty. Some here have had a lot of success with samsung f3 drives i personaly would go wd or seagate.
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February 27, 2010 11:17:40 PM

Cache - as much as you can afford. :)  I'd say at least 8 MB, 16 MB if your budget will stretch. After that, the rate of increase in performance starts dropping.

3 gb/s for SATA is the performance of the drive interface, not drive i/o. It's more of an upper limit to performance.
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