Honestly, $250 for a 36GB retail kit feels a little steep. Bare Raptor drives are available on Pricewatch for under $160, but for the same price one can pick up a Serial ATA drive from Seagate that has three times the storage capacity. Of course, the Raptor's warranty gives users four more years of coverage and it's a faster drive overall, but it may be too small for broadband-equipped enthusiasts accustomed to larger drives.
Coupling a smaller but faster system drive with a larger, slower drive dedicated to downloads, media files, and the like is an easy compromise, but what if you had to choose? Could you live on only 36GB of storage space?