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Is my HDD bottlenecking my system? WD Caviar Black/Green 7200rpm

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August 26, 2010 2:09:02 AM

Hello,

I have currently upgraded most of my computer, and am wondering if my old hard drives are going to bottleneck my system too much. This is going to be primarily for gaming. Here is what i currently have:

Mobo: Asus M4A89TD Pro/USB3
Ram: G.Skill Flare 4gb 2000
GPU: XFX HD 5970 BE
CPU: AMD 1090T
PSU: ANTEC 1000w quattro
Sound: HT Omega-Claro 7.1

Now i have a 1TB WD Caviar Black and a 1TB WD Caviar Green HDD 7200rpm 3.0gb/s. I am wondering if i will have large performance gains by upgrading to a single 10,000rpm VelociRaptor 450gb?

Would my best bet be to stick with the 2x WD Caviars in a RAID setup, or upgrade to something with 10k rpm or 6gb/s?

I am assuming a SSD would be best possible, but figured that's really just good for OS and apps.

If i need to upgrade my HDD's, was looking to spend around 200-250 US dollars.

Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks much!
a b G Storage
August 26, 2010 2:29:54 AM

your hdd is not bottlenecking your system. you won't really have a large performance increase going to a 10k rpm hdd
August 26, 2010 2:32:33 AM

Very nice, thanks so much for your time! Appreciate the input, and saving me some money. Maybe i'll throw it into 4 more Gigs of Ram :) 
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a b G Storage
August 26, 2010 2:44:12 AM

4 GBs of RAM is enough for most programs/gaming, but more can never hurt...
August 26, 2010 3:34:22 AM

If you have $250 burning a hole in your pocket watercool that processor. At least thats what I'd do.
August 26, 2010 5:57:42 AM

I am putting the corsair h50 on it already. I am not planning to set any records oc'ing or anything, i think that will be sufficient.
a b G Storage
August 26, 2010 5:08:20 PM

if you have some cash burning a hole in your pocket, why not try eyefinity?
August 26, 2010 5:24:27 PM

I just may end up with 3 new monitors, however i want to try it out before i throw a thousand dollars into monitors. I did just buy 1 new one, and have a couple already. Will try it out with my mismatched monitors to make sure that it's something i'm going to be interested in. Have not even seen it yet, have heard mixed feelings about the bezel and all. Can't imagine it's anything but amazing though!

You feel the 4gb should be plenty of ram though? I know i can always upgrade later if needed, but like to get everything at one time really. I have been out of town working for last couple of months, have all my new equipment sitting at home in unopened boxes at the moment. Should probably have made a new thread in Ram section, but since i already have your help here...

Thanks again for your help.
a b G Storage
August 26, 2010 5:54:13 PM

4GBs is enough

you can mismatch monitors, but you will need an active dp->dvi adapter if you don't have a dp monitor. you don't really have to spend $1000 on the setup though, mine cost $550 for three monitors and the adapter
August 26, 2010 6:09:55 PM

i'm assuming this is what you speak of:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Will i need to get 2 of those adapters for the other monitors, or just 1?

I currently have an Asus 25.5" 1900x1200 an Asus 22" 1900x1080 and a Hanns-G 28" 1900x1200. I am upgrading my 22" asus to the 25.5, and the Hanns-G is my girlfriends. I figure i could at least check it out before buying the 3 monitors. Probably will go with 3x 25.5" ASUS ones. Can't imagine i WOULDN'T like it, but would be pretty spendy to not like it.

Will stick with the 4GB for now than, thanks for all your help!

August 26, 2010 10:30:41 PM

Ordered, and thank you so much for your time and patience!

Well i was planning to use HDMI, but i'm assuming i'd still need that.

Thanks again!
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