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What determines a good gaming hard drive?


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t3ddyb3ar21

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I believe I have everything set for my new computer build, just wondering what determines a good hard drive? I am around a 150 budget. Thanks
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jrm20

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If you want a real gaming harddrive get a western digital raptor 10,000 rpm harddrive that uses serial ata.

Make shure your motherboard supports serial ata.



http://www.newegg.co...=&Go.x=0&Go.y=0


The 74 GB 10,000 harddrive is normally $174.00 but there is a mail in rebate for $20.00 off. Comes out to $154.00 in the long run.

The reason they are more expensive is because of the rpm speed its 10,000 rpm not 7200 rpm or the old old 5400 rpm.. Serial ata is fast. If you dont have serial ata look at any good 7200 rpm ide harddrive from western digital or hitachi or maxtor.

There is also SATA 3.0Gb/s out which are good for all around everything. But the sata 3.0 gb/s is still 7200 rpm...

For best gaming experience go with 10,000 rpm serial ata if you have serial ata on your motherboard.
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t3ddyb3ar21

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i think i am looking for something with more space on the harddrive, thanks!
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Let me know, Do you have serial ata on your motherboard?
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yes
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if one has that quick a hard drive, what will the effect be on games? just a quick loading time?
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Yes the loading time can be up to 40% faster depending on your computer and quality of parts/pc.



The RPM speed and the Cache that the harddrive has determines a good gaming harddrive.



If you want space, look for a good western digital harddrive with serial ata and 7200 rpm with 16 mb cache. You will be good to go.. Maxtor is good too

Edited by jrm20, 11 October 2005 - 03:07 PM.

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comanighttrain

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hrmm...i found some maxtor drives fail after 3 yrs
but we aint going for reliability here
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just put an Ultra HDD fan on it. $12 insurance for an avoidable problem.
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Western digital is a good brand
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dude theres nothing wrong with maxtor

still using a Maxtor 8GB 5400rpm 2mb buffer HD, 6 years old!

still runs great after over hundreds of GBs on and off of it!

VERY quiet compared to a 20GB WD Caviar 5400rpm HD i also use, that thing is sooo loud

also use a seagate 60gb, again 5400rpm 8mb buffer, mostly quiet, but not as quiet as the maxtor.

Edited by Thebinaryman, 15 October 2005 - 09:34 PM.

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Yeah, it all comes down to everyones personal experience with all the brands.


If you get a bad harddrive then people think bad of that brand forever lol..

I like western digital I havnt had 1 single problem with any of there drives.


Hitachi is even a good harddrive believe it or not, ibm is part of hitachi harddrives.
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cool cool, thanks for the insight. I guess that is kinda true. a bad experence is forever a bad review for that product.
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