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£50 1TB hardware recommendation for a gaming pc

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May 29, 2013 5:39:44 AM

Hi guys, I've been building a gaming PC recently and done a lot of research on the gpu and cpu etc, but i cannot find a lot about a good hard drive.

I know that i want it to be 7200rpm and 1TB or above but other than that i don't really know anything. I would be very grateful if someone could recommend a good hard drive for around £50 that would be suitable for my needs.

If it matters at all i will have a 7950 and 8350 or maybe haswell for cpu and a zalman z9 plus case
May 29, 2013 5:56:47 AM

Thanks for the reply. They all seem to be pretty similiar but out of those which would have the best performance for gaming and general internet browsing~?
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May 29, 2013 6:00:24 AM

They'll all perform roughly the same.

The first one is the cheapest one I believe.

For added speed, you could get an SSD to go with your HDD

if your budget allows.
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May 29, 2013 6:05:30 AM

Save the money and get a slower cheaper drive for mass storage and an SSD for games and OS.

Trust me it makes a difference :) 
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May 29, 2013 6:07:07 AM

ddpruitt said:
Save the money and get a slower cheaper drive for mass storage and an SSD for games and OS.

Trust me it makes a difference :) 


Because it's fun to spend 20GB of your 120GB SSD on the OS.

And then anywhere between 30-10GB on games. You'll soon be out of space surely ^^
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May 29, 2013 7:01:53 AM

Unfortunately i dont really have the money for an SSD. This is my first ever build and so i have to buy the monitor and keyboard aswell as OS in addition to my parts, for a 17 year old with no job at the moment it gets a bit tricky.

My current build including the monitor etc totals to about £930 not including a network adapter (not sure if i need one or will the mobo have one?)
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May 29, 2013 7:43:11 AM

NappySlapper said:
Unfortunately i dont really have the money for an SSD. This is my first ever build and so i have to buy the monitor and keyboard aswell as OS in addition to my parts, for a 17 year old with no job at the moment it gets a bit tricky.

My current build including the monitor etc totals to about £930 not including a network adapter (not sure if i need one or will the mobo have one?)


If cost is a concern I would cut back on the CPU/GPU, perhaps use an APU instead. Most MBs nowdays include a network interface so I wouldn't be concerned. I'm not positive about the prices in the UK but a quick check shows £930 should buy some pretty decent hardware including HDD/SDD.
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May 29, 2013 7:46:07 AM

X79 said:
ddpruitt said:
Save the money and get a slower cheaper drive for mass storage and an SSD for games and OS.

Trust me it makes a difference :) 


Because it's fun to spend 20GB of your 120GB SSD on the OS.

And then anywhere between 30-10GB on games. You'll soon be out of space surely ^^


Or you could buy a 256GB SSD for not much more (relatively speaking) and not run into the problem. Or you could only use it for the most frequently used or resource intensive games. SSDs give a significantly different experience when it comes to computers.
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May 29, 2013 7:55:43 AM

So what's your budget exactly, for the entire setup?
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May 29, 2013 9:18:20 AM

Full spec list i have so far to give ideas.

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor (£148.79 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.49 @ CCL Computers)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste (£5.25 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990XA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£91.06 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£38.91 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£50.06 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£220.97 @ Dabs)
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£41.99 @ Novatech)
Power Supply: OCZ ZT 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£71.97 @ Dabs)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer (£14.99 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£65.99 @ Aria PC)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor (£139.97 @ Amazon UK)
Keyboard: Gigabyte GK-K6800 Wired Standard Keyboard (£8.50 @ Ebuyer)
Mouse: Logitech M505 Wireless Laser Mouse (£14.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £937.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-29 17:15 BST+0100)
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May 29, 2013 2:50:56 PM

NappySlapper said:
Full spec list i have so far to give ideas.

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor (£148.79 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.49 @ CCL Computers)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste (£5.25 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990XA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£91.06 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£38.91 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£50.06 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£220.97 @ Dabs)
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£41.99 @ Novatech)
Power Supply: OCZ ZT 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£71.97 @ Dabs)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer (£14.99 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£65.99 @ Aria PC)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor (£139.97 @ Amazon UK)
Keyboard: Gigabyte GK-K6800 Wired Standard Keyboard (£8.50 @ Ebuyer)
Mouse: Logitech M505 Wireless Laser Mouse (£14.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £937.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-29 17:15 BST+0100)


Overkill on the CPU, CPU cooler, and paste. Unless your overclocking the stuff in the box is fine. For 1080 gaming a 7850 will do the job quite well. Looking through the HDs though I noticed that a lot of drives aren't listed, specifically a lot 5400 RPM drives, so you may want to go directly to Amazon or one of the others to see if you can get a better deal. Keeping most of the same components you can drop the price substantially and get a hefty system out of it.

[PCPartPicker part list](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1175o) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1175o/by_merchant/) / [Benchmarks](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1175o/benchmarks/)

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
**CPU** | [AMD FX-6350 3.9GHz 6-Core Processor](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-fd6350frhkbox) | £100.39 @ Aria PC
**Motherboard** | [Gigabyte GA-990XA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-ga...) | £91.06 @ CCL Computers
**Memory** | [Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cmz8gx3m...) | £36.58 @ Amazon UK
**Storage** | [Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-d...) | £46.79 @ Aria PC
**Video Card** | [XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-video-card-fx785acn...) | £141.62 @ CCL Computers
**Case** | [Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/zalman-case-z9plus) | £41.99 @ Novatech
**Power Supply** | [OCZ ZT 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/ocz-power-supply-oczzt6...) | £71.97 @ Dabs
**Optical Drive** | [Lite-On iHOS104-06 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Drive](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/lite-on-optical-drive-i...) | £22.98 @ Ebuyer
**Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-gfc02050) | £65.99 @ Aria PC
**Monitor** | [Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-ve247h) | £139.97 @ Amazon UK
**Keyboard** | [Gigabyte GK-K6800 Wired Standard Keyboard](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-keyboard-gkk68...) | £8.50 @ Ebuyer
**Mouse** | [Logitech M505 Wireless Laser Mouse](http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/logitech-mouse-91000132...) | £14.99 @ Amazon UK
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | £782.83
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-29 22:46 BST+0100 |
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May 30, 2013 9:45:36 AM

Sorry for not making it clear, i am going for the max performance I can under £1000. The 6300 and 7850 are good suggestions but definitely gimp what performance I will get, I will be overclocking everything I can hence the aftermarket cooler and 7950. The places I am looking to save money on are everything except gpu , case cpu and cooler. I already have the gpu as I got a deal for 3 games and the 7950 for £210 and I dont want to really get a worse cpu so gonna go 8350 or better.

If there are other places I can save please let me know
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