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Old 07-15-2011, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Wandering.
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It's my original OS install since I've built the computer Dec 2008. So it has lots of programs, and 3 antivirus. I initially thought Steam was slowing down the boot, that's why at first I hated Steam. But it's only a 500 GB partition.
You might remove two of those antiviruses to see if that helps. Most AV apps will tell you not to have more than one installed, since each will want to scan every file, folder, etc. Plus they are probably all scanning links on the internet, etc.
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Old 07-17-2011, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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Even my new computer is now slow at startup - about 6 minutes. I just load it up with lots of programs. Then load up is just slow. I wish I could get those 240GB SSDs but they're unreliable.

Just move my 440GB Steam Games folder to a 2TB W: drive. Took like 6 hrs. Then the games had to update settings. Tried some games - they kept their previous savegaves, except BFBC2. Now I have 1.5TB left for any future Steam game sales.

I was disappointed my new 7200 SATA 6gb/s hd got a WEI of 5.9, same as Sata 3gb/s hd scores.
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Old 07-19-2011, 01:03 PM
 
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I was disappointed my new 7200 SATA 6gb/s hd got a WEI of 5.9, same as Sata 3gb/s hd scores.
Your WEI score for large mechanical hard drives will never improve over 5.9. There is a mechanical limit in how fast the data can be read and transferred. Something like a VelociRaptor 10k RPM drive that is only 450GB or so can get better than a 5.9, but not by much. SSD's are a completely different story and you can easily break the 5.9 WEI score with those.

This is also why SATA3 isn't worth anything on a mechanical drive, they simply can't take advantage of the extra bandwidth. I guess the point would be, don't get hung up on the WEI score and don't automatically think that the latest and greatest is actually way better in every case.

As for Steam, I really like it. I was also hesitant to do the download only thing, but I find it works really well. I also enjoy the fact that you can find so many older titles very easily. My parents had Sid Meier's Pirates on their computer. My son really liked the game. I casually looked for it, but could never find it. Finally checked Steam, found the game in less than a minute, paid $9 for it and we were good to go. The sales are fantastic as well, good enough that there was one game, Company of Heroes that I had on DVD, but just went ahead and bought the bundle anyway as it was much easier to manage them this way.

Steam, IMO is showing how the future is going to work in terms of software. Especially considering that many mobo's now have a firmware OS built in that can connect to the web. Just build your new PC, boot to the firmware OS and head to a website and download the main OS you want.
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Old 07-19-2011, 02:24 PM
 
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Your WEI score for large mechanical hard drives will never improve over 5.9. There is a mechanical limit in how fast the data can be read and transferred. Something like a VelociRaptor 10k RPM drive that is only 450GB or so can get better than a 5.9, but not by much. SSD's are a completely different story and you can easily break the 5.9 WEI score with those.
Don't think I ever paid attention to that before. My laptop has a 5.6 WEI for the hard drive (standard laptop drive), and a 7.4 on my desktop with a SSD.



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Steam, IMO is showing how the future is going to work in terms of software. Especially considering that many mobo's now have a firmware OS built in that can connect to the web. Just build your new PC, boot to the firmware OS and head to a website and download the main OS you want.
The problem will be competition, which seems to be appearing for steam. They are some big titles that won't be available on steam (SW:the old republic and battlefield 3)
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