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I am about to assemle a new PC and have a tough time trying to decide which
harddrives to get. I plan to get 4 SATA disks and use them in 2 Raid0
arraysor use a Raid0 array as a system disk and a Raid1 array for data.
The mainboard will be Athlon64/Nvidia Nforce4 based.
The ones I am considering now are the Maxtor 200GB DiamondMax 10 (NCQ) or
the WD 160GB Raid Edition.
The specs seem about identical for the two drives, except Maxtor has NCQ and
WD has "been enhanced for RAID operation". The drives cost exactly the same
here in Norway.
I have searched the net, but can't find a review which pits them against
each other.
Any tip is most welcome, perhaps I will be better off getting a Seagate,
Hitachi or
Samsung disk, I am open to all suggestions.

You might need a little bit more info. I will not
use the PC for games, apart from the ones bunled with XP. My main apps are
Photoshop and publishing plus some developement work.
Which graphics card will fit my needs? I was thinking in the lines of an ATI
600XT or Nvidia 6600 based card.
Any thoughts welcome!


Best regards

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The Nvidia 6600 card will do much more good compared to an x600. The NCQ on
the drives  helps lower access times, but I head it does not work all that
well. If I where you, I would pick the drive with the longest waranty. Then
again, Nothing beats Raptors!

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Raptors are fast for good file access but it depends what you want to do
and how much storage you need.  WD Raptors are 10,000rpm and they are
reported to be built to raid standards, but they are not that large.  I
think you are looking at a drive of 73GB.  Many people are using Seagate
SATA drives for the large SATA drives.

I think the drives with the longer warranty may be built a bit better.
If you are doing large media files or running something like Photoshop,
you may want about 2 Gigs of RAM.  With larger files, more memory helps
load them faster.

One way to deal with this is to approach it differently.  The Operating
system needs the fastest Swap Space.  Here is where a 10,000 RPM Drive
like a raptor is better.  I think you might be better off with one
larger RAID array with a dedicated RAID card possibly SATA2.  Another
way to look at this is to look at the operating system and the storage
as two separate issues.  I see no advantage with 2 smaller RAID Arrays.

It is a trade-off.  The 10,000 RPM drives are slightly more expensive
and the SCSI Drives are even more expensive.  So everything is a
trade-off. I often wonder if it is wise to have 4 drives in a system
that is not a server.

So I think I want to say to build a workstation and a File server both
with Gigabyte Ethernet.  This may not seem economical.  I just dont see
any advantage of 2 small arrays.  One larger array should be faster.
Maybe a motherboard designed for workstations or servers with a good
video card slot might work better.  If you can find a motherboard which
is capable of a 4 disk Array that might help.

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The Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 ST3r00832AS was the #1 rated drive (even
besting the Raptors) in PC Worlds March 2005 hard drive tests.  



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A recent Toms Hardware review shows that the access time is much higher than
the competition!

The transfer rate is a tiny bit faster than the Raptor, but its not worth
the loss in access speed! The minimal speed on the raptor is 20m/s faster
than the Segate. Im sure thats more knoticeable anyhow. If you want speed,
the Raptor is the deal, If you need storage, then the Segate is the deal.
But for a 300 or a  400gb drive, it sure is nice.

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