I'm looking to build a computer, and I was wondering just how much of a difference is there between a 5400 RPM drive and a 7200 RPM drive (Both ATA/100)? The most intensive applications I plan on running are the latest games, and perhaps Photoshop as well.
The cheapest 7200rpm 80GB drive on pricewatch is $179, but the cheapest 5400rpm 80GB drive is only $148. For my purposes, do I need to spend that extra $31?
yes you will notice a difference between 5400rpm and 7200rpm. couple questions though. if you're building a system, really i mean what would $30 mean? an alternative too might be to get a 60gb ibm ata100 @ 7200rpm for the price of what you would pay for the 80gb drive @5400rpm. i don't know too many people that game and causual photo editing that can eat up 60gb let alone 80.