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Topic Title: WHy dont they recoment upgraded hard drive as a speed mod?
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Created On: 02/03/2008 07:05 PM
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 02/03/2008 07:05 PM
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mark2020
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Ive been looking at hard drives lately and wonder how much gain in performance i could expect from a barracuda 7000.10 hard drive with 16mb cache over an Western Digital 7000 with 8 mb cache in an AMD 3800 dual core PV?

I recently got a 6000 and wonder if its 625.00 price tag is worth the 35% performance increase since the 3800 is reletively new and runs fine. WHat kind of performance increase could I expect from a new highspeed drive?
 02/04/2008 02:26 AM
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Doubt you will see more then 1% to 2% jump. Its not worth it. I use a 320 gig sata 2 western digital with 16 meg cache 3 gb model and I cant tell the difference in speed to a sata 1 WD with 8 meg cache. Shear speed in CPU and memory and memory timings are where you see most the improvement. Also are you talking about the X2 6000+? Its price tag is only $149.00

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 02/04/2008 06:30 AM
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Bought off the shelf. Im scared to death of a processor install.
 02/04/2008 06:07 PM
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Adam F
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Don't know why. Its really quite easy to do. Just take your time and stay grounded.
 02/04/2008 10:13 PM
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What?! What currency is that 625 in? I hope its not USD and god help you if it's British pounds. I don't see how any seller in the US could inflate the price of a $150 CPU to $625, even with installation fees. Did you get a whole new computer, or only the processor upgrade?

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Edited: 02/04/2008 at 10:14 PM by SpIk3y
 02/18/2008 02:07 PM
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I think he's talking about in a prebuilt system. $600.00 more than a lower system.

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AMD Athlon 64x2 4200
10% overclock 2402Mhz
Foxconn N570SM2AA-8EKRS2H
4Gb Kingston ram
XFX 8600 GT 512Mb X2 SLI
Seagate Baracuda SATA 500Gb 7200rpm x6
Optiarc SATA 20x Dvd RW x2
Thermaltake 430W PS
Coolermaster Enlite 330 case w/2x 80mm,2x 120mm fans
 02/19/2008 03:43 AM
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if u want performance buy yourself a small raptor(75gb) 10000rpm and save the other drive for data. put windows and the games you play most on the raptor and all your other data on the secondary drive you'll notice a good boost for minimal cost. trick is not to buy a big raptor they cost bucks. and for the average user, hard drive performance is the BIGGEST factor. it effects all load times most significantly, much more then cpu. cpu only is an issue after the load. every program that is ran is read of the hard drive first, then into ram. so hard drive effects every part of the system.
 02/21/2008 11:53 PM
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I agree with the advice about a raptor. I bought one and have noticed a big difference in performance. I've done little things here and there trying to boost my performance only to be disappointed with the results. (minimal inprovement). The two most dramtic changes I noticed were installing a raptor and getting the ballistix memory. The read/write (up to 84mb/sec)doesn't knock your socks off but, the access times (8.4ms) are almost HALF the access times of regular drives. I installed XP pro in 14 minutes. They have them at newegg for $150 for 74gb and $170 for 150gb

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Asus P5W DH Deluxe, intel quad core 6600 2.4ghz overclocked to 3.11ghz, 4gb of crucial ballistix 800mhz memory, 16gb Mtron MSD 6000 SSD, 150gb WD raptor X, 240gb samsung, nvidia 8800gt, running XP Pro X64

Edited: 02/21/2008 at 11:56 PM by more POWER!!
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