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Old 03-14-2006, 04:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am building a new puter.
I have a huge 15g hdd now but no dvd drive. my new build will have a dvd and ill most likely start loading movies on it.

I am wondering if bigger is better.

I am only getting one hdd. Should I get one smaller drive now and add another later? or get one hefty one now?

I was thinking of getting a 160g hdd but the 250 are not that much more. and a 250g 16m cache is only another $5

Does/ will a bigger drive mean longer seek times and longer scan times?

And I am trying to build a quiet and cool system so would this play a factor?

8mg cache vs 16m cache?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144701

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148105


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Old 03-14-2006, 04:44 AM   #2 (permalink)
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yeesh, these things just keep getting cheaper and cheaper. Last time I checked it was $95 for a WD 200gb HD with 8mb cache, now a 250gb with 16mb cache for the same price? Nice, might have to pick me up one, but theres a 68" samurai sword for the same price that's calling my name

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Does/ will a bigger drive mean longer seek times and longer scan times?
No, shouldn't effect it in terms of what you'd actually notice. Don't do like me though and let your huge drive become completely fragmented It still works fine and whatnot, but sometimes it does that crap where it doesn't want to delete a file.

Although I doubt you'd notice a huge significant difference between 8mb cache and 16mb cache, the fact that you can get 90gb more, plus that extra 8mb cache for what...$13 more, you should definitely get the western digital.

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And I am trying to build a quiet and cool system so would this play a factor
The bigger drives get a little hotter because of the platters and such, however noise won't be an issue.
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the 250gb is by far the best value hdd out of those. in fact at the moment 250gb hdd's in general are probably the best value on the market.
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Default WD Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 16MBC

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Nubius,

Thanks alot!

So would I be dumb to not get the 250g 16m cache HDD?

I know the RPM does make heat issues with it moving faster but the cache, does it make any noise or heat issues?

Why are the smaller drives like:Raptor WD740GD 74GB
So super poular? Is it because it is older and the bigger SATA stuff wasnt out yet?

Should I not get 1 smaller faster drive and 1 bigger 1(for storage)?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144160

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...144-160&depa=1

go 10k.rpm
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HEAT?
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thermaltake armour laughs in the face of heat.
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I would go with the WD Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 16MBC.
Are you going to compress your movies?
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Raptor WD740GD 74GB
it is a high performance 10,000rpm drive.
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midi_junkie,

Yeah I bet the therm laughs at heat, it has like 4 fans. my objective is a quiet system. I am not a gamer.

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JohnnyX,

thanks for ur input. greatly appreciated.

JohnnyX, Is compressing the way to go? Do u lose quality compressing?

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