This news is old news yet people keep buying "Hitachi"!!!
What, no one learned from the Deskstars?
Like my father always says, "Half of us are below average!"
Stick me once, shame on you. Stick me twice, shame on me.
I think it would help if we new what you were planning on using the monitor for most of the time.
Larger monitors still have some contrast and response time issues in games that you should be aware of before deciding on size of lcd and whether or not to wait.
It is easy to justify. I bought several IBM\Hitachi Deskstars in the past and they all failed miserably. To add salt to the wound, they have watered down their warranties and have no interest in making it right with all those with failed drives.
I guess that is why there is a class action suit against IBM and that is why in their marketing wisdom sold to Hitachi, hoping the average dumb as* would not know the difference.
They would not get another penny of mine no matter what they cost!!!!!
SATA is nothing more than an interface. The desktop drives have been lumped with desktop drives and the Raptors are targeted at the NAS/server market, thus the Raptors should be placed with the 10K SCSI drives.
I guess it does not matter anyway. IDE days seem numbered although I sure would lke a SATA CDROM. I have really enjoyed not having flat cables and their connectors cluttering my case.
Here is a review of 4 channel solutions. This is a complete change from the reviews I have seen for on board SATA performance. I agree, the ICH5 solution is the best on board solution for Pentium, Silicon Image is probably the best for Athlon XP onboard.
Hope this helps.
I would have to agree with your train of thought. Get the WD 36GB Raptor, Silicon Image Controller card, and a matching stick of memory.
You can always find a use for the memory in a dual channel board and go Raid with the Raptor if you are so inclined later on.