I have a bit of extra cash at the moment and since my Win7 is dead, I will need to re-install it. I was wondering if I should get a 7200 rpm HDD for my programs. Now they are installed on a 5900 rpm HDD. Is there a noticable difference between a 5900rpm and a 7200rpm HDD? I do have an SSD but it's far too small for my programs. At the moment, I have 5 TBs of 5900 rpm HDD storage and 180 GBs of SSD memory. Is it worth buying a 500 GB 7200rpm HDD? Will it be noisy and emit a lot of heat? Should I save up for an SSD?
I'd expect seek times to be faster since the platter is spinning faster. Reading/writing should be faster too, but I wouldn't expect this to be a significant gain. If this is a gaming rig, I'd go with the 7200. You'll get a little more heat, but as long as your case has proper air flow, it will be fine.