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I'm building a computer for gaming only. Counter Strike, Diablo II, Quake III, etc.. What kind of performance difference will I see with a HD at 7200 RPM's vs. one at 5400 RPM's? Thanks for your help.
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  1. 7200 will load faster and have faster access during game play.
    A lot would depend on the rest of your system.


    :smile: <b><font color=green> I took an I.Q. test today...It came back negative.</font color=green></b> :smile:
  2. OK here are the rest of the components:

    Shuttle AK31A
    Athlon XP 1600+
    256mb Micron PC2100 DDR
    Geforce 4 MX440
    Generic floppy & CD-ROM
  3. Nice system. I recommend going for a 7200 rpm because you have a good system
    to support it. What is your current HDD?


    :smile: <b><font color=green> I took an I.Q. test today...It came back negative.</font color=green></b> :smile:
  4. Currently I have both 7200 and 5400 RPM hard drives running in similar systems. I don't seem to notice a difference between them in game performance in Counter Strike, etc.. I just wanted to get some additional input from knowledgeable people such as yourself. Thanks for your input. Any additional thoughts would be appreciated.
  5. The speed in newer drives with the 7200 rpm is better than the first that were sold
    and with higher density platters, it is noticeably faster. I don't see as much difference in
    gaming as I do in data intensive tasks such as video editing. They defag more quickly also.
    If you have big files it makes a difference. If you have plenty of room, I wouldn't recommend
    a new drive for gaming only because you won't see that much difference.


    :smile: <b><font color=green> I took an I.Q. test today...It came back negative.</font color=green></b> :smile:
  6. Great, thanks again for the input. I do have to buy another HD as this system will be running in addition to my other ones. I'm thinking that I'll go with the 5400 and save a few bucks since the performance difference doesn't seem to be that great. I appreciate your help.
  7. Your welcome.

    :smile: <b><font color=green> I took an I.Q. test today...It came back negative.</font color=green></b> :smile:
  8. You may not notice much difference in a game once it is loaded, but the 7200 RPM will make a difference in general use. The cost is normally only $20 and is well worth it IMHO.

    Jesus saves, but Mario scores!!!
  9. kill the gf4 mx if your getting this sytem for gaming. it is nothing more then basically a revamped gf 2

    what is better then a 7000 rpm, a 8000 rpm delta. to cause more noise to kill your ears :smile:
  10. In case you haven't seen the Special Edition Western Digital drives, they now come in three sizes 120,100, and 80GB running at 7500 RPM with 8MB cache. These drives are about as fast as they come for IDE.
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