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June 13, 2005 8:26:20 PM

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?

Hardware
Asus P5WD2
P4 640 3.2Ghz
1 GB DDR2 PC5300 667Mhz
1 WD 10,000RPM 80GB SATA HDD
2 Seagate 7200.8 200GB SATA HDD

Assumptions:
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?

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June 14, 2005 12:13:36 AM

What model of 10k rpm drive is 80GB?

I know of the 74GB Raptor...but it is only 69.2GB formatted...

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June 14, 2005 8:53:29 AM

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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)

I'm curious as to what (if anything) else you intend to put on the 10k drive, as just the OS leaves an awful lot of space.

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June 14, 2005 3:49:51 PM

Keep the page file on the Raptor drive. General program loading doesn't take hard drive bandwidth on a continuous basis, and paging should be kept as fast as possible.

The rest sounds well thought out, and very good.
June 15, 2005 12:06:27 AM

Wow.. yomust be sleeping.. he is talking about a gaming machine and you dont advise him to go AMD!!!!

Wake up and be yourself!! Flame him!! :wink:

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June 15, 2005 12:40:14 AM

Do you like that ASUS Mobo? Ive got the P5AD2-E-Premium and love it. I should have one like yours by the end of the week but its killing me having to wait on it.

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