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Non-OS drive 5400 vs 7200?

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December 24, 2010 5:17:20 AM

Hello,
I'm thinking about building my own next computer, and using a SSD for OS and Programs. For the storage drive (probably 2 2TB drives raid 1), would I want to go with 7200 RPM drives, or am I okay with 5400 RPM "green" drives?

Storage drives will probably be used to edit HD video (most demanding thing I can think of that this computer will be used for).

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December 24, 2010 5:30:39 AM

^For storage drives 5400RPM are fine, low noise and fast enough for such tasks,...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 24, 2010 5:35:34 AM

gkay09 said:
^For storage drives 5400RPM are fine, low noise and fast enough for such tasks,...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thanks, that's what I was hoping for. I was actually thinking of those exact drives as I've already bought some for a NAS and they're very nice and quit. Wasn't sure if they were fast enough for the computer though.
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December 24, 2010 6:17:15 AM

^ As a boot drive, No the 7200RPM drives are better, but like I said, for storage drives, they would suffice...
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December 24, 2010 11:18:10 AM

All things being equal, the 7200's can be up to 33% faster. OTOH, slower speed = lower heat / noise and, again all things being equal, longer life. Only you can decide which is more important. hen editing video, most peeps are looking for very hi speed drives.
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December 24, 2010 3:19:14 PM

the Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB drive is only 5400 RPM, but the platters are very dense that the effective speed is comparable to 7200 drives.
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December 30, 2010 3:24:47 AM

Thanks to all who shared their thoughts. I ended up building my new system with a 80GB SSD (I hope it's big enough) and a Samsung F4 2TB (since I already had one). I'm not sure I'm going to bother with a RAID though since I plan on regularly backing up to a NAS.
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January 1, 2011 10:24:22 PM

Best answer selected by onfulltilt.
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