So Im looking at building a new gaming machine for myself and came across a question that I really never though about before: What is the optimal way to setup HDDs and Memory Cache based on hardware, applications and fragmentation?
P4 640 3.2Ghz
1 GB DDR2 PC5300 667Mhz
1 WD 10,000RPM 80GB SATA HDD
2 Seagate 7200.8 200GB SATA HDD
1) Primary a gaming machine, however used somewhat for other applications (dvd/mp3 encoding, newsgroups, office apps)
2) RAID is not needed IMHO, since Im not worried about data recovery (rebuild is not a problem) and speed wont be beneficial for gaming.
3) OS will be on 10K RPM drive. Applications on 1st 200GB 7200 RPM drive. 2nd 200GB will be a high fragmentation drive(encoding/newsgroups/file creation/deletion)
Going by the rule of thumb for cache (1.5xRAM on non-OS drive) should be 1.5GB on 1st 200GB HDD. Or would it be better to leave it on the 80GB that shouldnt see any fragmentation with a higher access/seek time?
I know of the 74GB Raptor...but it is only 69.2GB formatted...
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