I'm looking to purchase a SATA drive for my primary hard drive with Windows. I think I've narrowed it down to either the Hitachi Deskstar T7K250 or the Maxtor DiamondMax 10. The Deskstar is SATAII and includes NCQ where as the DiamondMax is SATA150 but has a 16MB cache (and NCQ).
My main concern really is if SATAII is worth it or not (price wise). Most of the figures I've seen show NCQ either not helping or hindering performance. And from what I understand all the bandwidth hasn't even been utilized in SATA150 yet so doubling it seems redundant. So I'm wondering if I would see more of a performance boost if I just stuck with SATA150 and got a 16MB cache.
There's also the Western Digital WD1600JS (SATAII) but it doesn't seem to offer much over the Hitachi and costs a little extra.
Are there any other drives I've other looked?