I am planning to build my first gaming PC for around $2,000 early next year. I am currently leaning toward an Antec DF-85 case because I can swap up to four hard drives. My plan is to use an SSD for the Windows 8 operating system, two 1 TB hard drives (one will be used to store my games while the other for my music), and another hard drive that would serve as a backup for both my music, games, and a few photos and school files. Currently, I have a 2 TB external hard-drive with a USB 3.0 connection that stores around 0.22 TB of my music and other files. I have looked at the pros and cons between internal and external hard drives but am uncertain which way I should go.
1. Am I better off with an internal or external backup hard drive?
2. Should the backup hard drive have 2 TB or 3 TB of storage space?
Also, for the hard drive that will be used for storing and playing my games, is 7,200 rpm sufficient or should I go with 10,000 rpm?
If you want faster access for the backup drive then your better off with it being internal , if space in the case is a concern then an external drive can be used for a backup drive.
I have used 10,00 rpm drives (Veloceraptor ) and they are very good and do give you a boost over the 7200 drives but the cost is a bit more so that's something you have to consider.
A backup drive of 2 TB would be sufficient. Unless your planning on a tremendous amount of data being put on your storage drives.