Heh, I had a feeling you might misinterperet what I meant there Uzi. I just meant that I know that I should obviously get a drive with 8mb cache, and that I'd really like 16.
In the end, I have two possible outcomes, well three, but the third would require a small miracle. In the ideal situation, I'd get two raptors and put them in Raid-0 (small finance miracle needed since I've decided it's just not worth $400 of mine at this point). Less ideal, but still good, I'd get a single raptor, along with a storage drive. I think this is what I will end up doing, as I really want a raptor at the heart of my system. Lastly I might get the 2x160Gb WD combo in raid-0 as listed above.
I think I will end up with a single raptor, but it's hard to look at my setup and think that my HD cost $10 more than my video card (eVGA 6600GT). Over the past couple weeks I've tried to do a lot of scaling back of my planned system, but I think I went too far trying to cut BOTH raptors