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Old November 19, 2007, 09:23 AM
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I am building a new system specifically for gaming and have already ordered most of the components.

I am considering a 150 GB WD Raptor Drive to complement the 500 GB WD 7,200 K I ordered, but I am wondering if it is really worth it.

If I install all the programs and everything onto the Raptor and use the other drive for storage, will I notice and improvement during gaming?

Is it worth the money?

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If you play MP games and like to snipe, you will be the first one loaded and choosing your weapon on each map. You will NEVER have that class full and have to play something else. Unless I am on that server, I have 2 in Raid 0 ;)
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Old November 19, 2007, 11:54 AM
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There are no drives faster than the Raptor's...its just too bad that they're soo pricey. It is for sure going to make a difference. Vista load up times, game loading times...and so on. Only thing faster would be two of them in Raid 0...like Squeetard says.

These drives are know for their Super Fast Access times...that's why it makes a difference!
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Old November 19, 2007, 03:20 PM
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There are no drives faster than the Raptor's...its just too bad that they're soo pricey. It is for sure going to make a difference. Vista load up times, game loading times...and so on. Only thing faster would be two of them in Raid 0...like Squeetard says.

These drives are know for their Super Fast Access times...that's why it makes a difference!
yeah but for pure transfert speed, like map loading ... raid 0 of 2 7200rpm drive will beat a single raptor

again 2 raptor in raid 0 is the ultimate performance

but with my 2 80gb in raid 0 i have a write/read speed of about 100 - 125 mb/s
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Performancewise, you won't go wrong with a Raptor. The latest terabyte drives can edge out the Raptor on sustained data transfer, thanks to their denser data storage, but still take second place on seek times.

About half the Raptor users I talk with agree that the drives are quite noticably noisier, the other half can't hear them over the rest of their system. Never been able to get a straight answer on where the turning point is, however. Make sure you use some sort of soft mounting, since they'll probably get your case vibrating otherwise. If you have a free 5 1/4" bay on your computer, you might consider sticking it in a hard disk cooler/silencer of some sort.

Personally, still holding out for SSD's...
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Old November 19, 2007, 04:29 PM
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So something like this? NCIX.com - Buy Silenx Luxurae Quiet Hard Drive Silencing & Cooling Solution - LX-HDSS In Canada.
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Right. At NCIX, select their "Fans & Cooling" section, followed by "HDD Coolers", to get a whole list of similar products. Haven't used any of them myself, I'm afraid.
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BTW, if you're set on an 8800 Ultra, shop around. I'm seeing quite a few reports that sales of the 8800 GTX and Ultra are seriously tanking, thanks to the new generation of graphics cards coming out. Might not be long before retailers start pushing the older cards more aggressively.
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Foe the love of god don't buy an ultra. Unless you light your cigars with $100 bills.

They are not even worth $500 in todays world where 2 8800 GT's will smoke them.
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True, but 1) they're actually in stock, and 2) some people simply don't want to deal with multi-GPU setups.

Like I said, do some serious shopping around. If you can afford to wait, you can only come out with a cheaper or/better card for your efforts. But regular price is definitely no longer acceptable for this card.
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