eBay and trust
To clarify as final note on this one part of the topic: You have a point. It's my decision to go ahead with it, and I know the risks.
As I explained too, the hardware gets thoroughly tested first thing. And I didn't buy unless there was a return policy.
Indeed, whatever's still working, may not work that much longer. Again, I take the risk. The money I'm saving will be enough to cover in case 1-2 pieces of hardware malfunction relatively soon.
I say final note, 'cos I personally don't think we're gonna get much out of keeping that part of the conversation. Nothing personal, I just noticed it's not a tech issue at all, thus it makes us digress from this forum's purpose, I believe Benchmark on HDDs
I assume the difference in speed will show up through all loading times, not just the OS'.
And, once again, as time passes, and loading times get longer, this will help compensate to some extent.
It doesn't sound like I can get anything noticeably faster than a small-size Raptor, anyways. Not without spending big.CPU
U$S145 for a new E720, locally. Close to double the cost of the 5000+. Too much of a difference.
How about a quad-core AMD? 9500. I can get a bargain on one of those over here. Pay for it a chunk less than what I'd pay for an E720. I may be willing to stretch, for a quad-core. Being newer stuff and all, it's still within warranty (over 2 years left).
One of the advantages of living in a country that has less maturity on handling technology and business, is that warranties are virtually 100% transferable (spelling?). Basically anyone with the receipt and the original product can make warranty claims, regardless of what name shows on the papers.
It's often said that the difference between dual and quad-core is not as big as one would think (not a 100% improvement), but it still has to be significant. I haven't checked benchmarks, but I assume a quad-core has to beat an entry level Intel Core 2. And again, I get it for cheaper.Video card
By dual-core I was actually meaning dual-GPU. Sorry for not being more exact in my wording.
I'm looking for 8800GT now then, considering it seriously as a change. Indeed, it's clearly a way better architecture. Thanks. Graphics are really not my field. Now I know that architecture comes first to other specs. If I can get a good RAM amount (512) at DDR3, all the better.
Then again, considering I'm gonna be an occasional gamer, I may just tone down my whole craze on the graphics part. Get a 320 or 384MBs card instead of 512. As long as it's 8800 or higher (DirectX 10), and has DDR3, I think I'll be doing ok.eSATA and HDD
Does that have a difference with a simple external SATA? I thought it was just a normal SATA interface, except you get yourself a case that lets you plug it from the outside, either through a bay or through SATA plugs that stick on the back or front of the case... Which can be done either by having a motherboard with such plugs already, or with an intermediary SATA cable that reaches out to the case's back or front.
Am I making any sense?
Whatever it is you're aiming for, is it sheltered from static somehow, in ways that a normal, internal SATA HDD isn't?
Opening and closing the case is no big deal. I happen to do a lot of that for a living, so as far as hassles go, spending a few extra moments on that, a handful of times a month, is a pretty small inconvenience. I don't mind it at all.
Certainly not, when compared to spending extra on something external.
In case I didn't explain it before... the 250GBs HDD is in there all the time. It's mounted physically, screwed right, everything. I just don't keep it plugged unless I use it.
I must've stuck my hands in hundreds of PCs over the years. Mine has had my hands inside hundreds of times, as well. It has served not just as my main system, but also as a place to test hardware sometimes. I've never ruined anything with static so far.
I know the risk is there, so I take my precautions. Avoid clothes that build up statics. Discharge myself of any static by touching grounded metal. Treat any and all hardware with respect and a gentle hand. Touch it only by the parts that are allowed for touching (non-metal parts if possible). Keep everything in bags and boxes that don't carry static. Mostly, the boxing and packaging that the hardware comes in.
Can I get anything better out of an eSATA, then? Considering that the hassle and static risk are definitely marginal details...
Something that would be notoriously faster and/or safer, without making me spend way more? Both on a different motherboard, and an eSATA HDD (even when I'd get some money back by selling my current 250GBs HDD).
I'm assuming they're just as fast as a normal SATA, and that they would have a casing that makes them more suitable for being outside (the 250GBs is not really ever outside, anyways).
Thanks once again for the detailed help.