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September 29, 2001 11:34:10 PM

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?

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September 30, 2001 12:11:56 AM

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.

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October 1, 2001 7:28:24 PM

You'll definitely notice a difference. The Western Digital 100gig drive might be a good choice (under $200), as long as you're not prejudiced against WD (like me).

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October 1, 2001 10:21:40 PM

Did u by any chance have that awful experience w/ the caviar WD drives- they sucked, crashed on me every other minute.

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October 1, 2001 11:50:29 PM

Nope, I didn't :) 

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October 2, 2001 1:52:13 AM

significant difference.

do yourself a favor and get the 7200 rpm. make it your boot device.

if you still need mass storage you can always get a 5400 rpm monster later.
bear in mind that often the biggest bottleneck in a system IS the hard drive.

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October 2, 2001 9:59:55 PM

Western Digital is an excellent company! They had problems with eariler drives but all their modern drives work perfectly.

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