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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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.
ewww, put that thing away, you're in public!
The theoretical speed difference is 33%. Even if it's not really up there, you'll definitely notice a difference.