Need advice on hard drive
The parts are starting to roll in from NewEgg: ASUS M32N32-SLI Mobo, BFG 7950 GX2 SLI graphics card and AMD FX62 processor. Already have Tai-Chi case and 850 watt PSU. I'm going to reuse my two Raptor 74Gb drives in RAID, but my question is about what other drive to get.
I'm considering a 150Gb 10000rpm Raptor vs maybe a 250Gb 7200rpm WD SE16 drive. The Raptor has latency and seek times about half that of the SE16 but the transfer rate is twice as high for the SE16. Both are SATA with 16Mb cache.
What's more important in FS9? When I ran MS Train Simulator it loaded lots of fairly small files, so seek and read were more important than transfer rate. Is that also true with FS9?
I also like the warranty and MTBF on the Raptors. I was planning on loading FS9 on the RAID and the operating system (XP Pro) on the third drive, which will also be partitioned for FS backups.
Intel Core i7 920, Geforce GTX285, 6GB RAM, Asetek liquid CPU cooler, Corsair 800D case, Win 7 64 Pro