I'm building my first PC with a Gigabyte GA-7VRXP motherboard and Athlon 1800+. I probably use DDR 2700 if I can find Cl 2.0 for a decent price. I'll be using the PC for medium gaming and a little photo editing. So my question is for a hard drive. I don't know if I should go for a Maxtor with ATA 133 or for a 80GB Western Digital with 8 MB cache.
If your comparing ata133 to 8mb cache and you can get either one then I'd go with the WD with 8mb cache. Ata133 isn't much faster, if at all then ata100 but with 8mb of cache, there is a litte more gain. Take a look at this <A HREF="http://www4.tomshardware.com/storage/02q1/020305/wd1200..." target="_new">review</A>.
<i>Those who rally for UltraATA/133 are certain to remain unheard, since even the next drive generation will be unable to reach either the theoretical (100 MB/s) or the practical (~ 85 MB/s) limit of UltraATA/100. In addition, 120 GB is a capacity that is still below the critical size of 127 GB and certainly won't cause trouble with popular IDE adapters.</i>
Those who have that drive can probably give you a better idea of the performance.
:frown: :redface: :cool: :tongue: :wink: - What do you want to feel today?
My personal choice wouldn't be something with very much density. I don't want it to fail on me later on, cause I know people who've had failed hard drive after failed hard drive. So I would stay away from anything higher than 40GB. Besides, my current one, an old 27.2GB maxtor from a couple years ago, is way more than enough storage for me already. I haven't tried to clean up space very much, but even so I don't think I've ever gotten past the 20GB mark. Usually I'm around 12GB-16GB at most! I'm building a system identical to yours--gigabyte kt333/1800+/etc. and I think it would be wiser if I were you to go with a smaller, faster drive that's dirt cheap too. Your MB has on-board RAID, how about getting 2 fast 20GB drives (I'm not up to speed on the current drives out there right now so I can't recommend anything) and using RAID 0? It would probably cost you $140/150 total including shipping.
I upgraded from a IBM 75GXP 40GB HDD, I had all kinds of problems with it from the get-go. Then I upgraded my PCs cooling and the problems went away... well anyways, I can tell you that the IBM drive acutally felt quicker, but the 800JB has a high transfer rate. I do alot of video editing and with that drive normal operations are much faster. But when comparing boot time and normal access my IBM drive felt quicker to respond. Just my .002 oh and get the 8MB over the ATA133, ATA133 isn't much help.
Who ever made up the phrase, "If it aint broke why fix it" just didn't get it...
Hey, dude, there is no such thing as an IBM 75GXP 40GB HDD. No offence, but of coarse you will have all kinds of problems with the stuff which you have no good idea is all about. And as far as IBM being snappier than any other drive, you are absolutely right ;>
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