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WD Black or Blue (1TB HDD)

Hello all! Thanks for reading this, I'm having a lot of trouble deciding on what I should get for my gaming rig.

So, before I start talking here are the main parts to my current build to help you guys understand my situation a tad more.

MOBO: Z77A-G45 Gaming MSI Mobo
CASE: NZXT Phantom 630
CPU: Intel 3770k CPU
CPU Cooler: Corsair h100i
PSU: EVGA SuperNova 750w (I think it's a SuperNova :P)
RAM: Two sticks of 8GB Ballistix RAM.

So, I'm a big battlefield gamer, as well as Arma and stuff like that. What I did was I ordered a Samsung 120GB SSD as my Solid State, which I plan on having my OS and maybe BF3 and BF4 on there, as have another 1TB HDD for the rest of my stuff. I'm having trouble deciding between the WD Black 1TB and WD Blue 1TB. This is my first and a half build (It's sorta hard to explain the half), so I don't know all that much about HDD's. What I do know, is the Blue is cheaper than the other! Is there are reason I should get the Black over the Blue?

WD Black 1TB: http://
WD Blue 1TB: http://

Thanks so much! If you need more details about anything let me know below. ALL help is appreciated!
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  1. depends on what you are going to put in there
    if you are going to leave files there untouched for a long time then just go with blue
    but if you are going to run some programs off that hard drive the WD black will give you better performance
    Blue is for storage and black for performance
  2. tomate2 said:
    depends on what you are going to put in there
    if you are going to leave files there untouched for a long time then just go with blue
    but if you are going to run some programs off that hard drive the WD black will give you better performance
    Blue is for storage and black for performance


    Thanks for your reply. Is there a noticeable difference in performance? On the HDD, I'll have some Adobe applications on there, chrome, all my pictures, music, videos and such. Is the difference worth the 20$ more?
  3. Best answer
    I've had both types of hard drives in the past. I would recommend the black series. They are built for speed and abuse, so that in the future, if you repurpose that drive in your computer to a boot disk you'll have the advantage of the extra speed, plus the Western Digital Black drives come with a 5 year warranty and the Blue drives come with only a 2 year warranty.
  4. Black (148.5 MBps) is a workhorse with 5 year warranty....

    Seagate 7200.14 (193.5 MBps) is 30% faster tho.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/desktop-hdd.15-st4000dm000-4tb,3494-3.html
  5. Okay, thanks everyone. I think I'm going to go with the Black because of it's warranty, and because it's more powerful. For 20$, I guess it's worth a try. In regard to the Seagate 7200.14, It's a bit more pricey then the Black, otherwise I'd go with it. Thank you for everyones help! If anyone has more suggestions before I order please let me know!
  6. Isn't the Seagate Barracuda 1TB only $69.99? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840

    The WD black 1TB costs $89.99 and is apparently slower. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533

    I am also in the market for a good HHD, but i'm after 2TB. Unless I'm missing something, I think I'll go with the Seagate since it's faster and cheaper. Looks like the only difference is WD has 3 more years of warranty.
  7. the wd 1tb black uses 500gb platters and the new seagates use 1tb platters.
    The new wd blues also use the 1tb platters. both seagate and wd blues have 2yr warranties.
  8. Spinny99 said:
    Okay, thanks everyone. I think I'm going to go with the Black because of it's warranty, and because it's more powerful. For 20$, I guess it's worth a try. In regard to the Seagate 7200.14, It's a bit more pricey then the Black, otherwise I'd go with it. Thank you for everyones help! If anyone has more suggestions before I order please let me know!


    Look closer :)..... the 7200.14 is $45 per TB ... the WB Black is twice as much at $90 for 1 TB.... the 7200.14

    Ya get an extra 2TB and all that extra performance for just $45 more money
  9. I got 2 at home begging me to come play with them. LoL
  10. Just to let everyone know what I turned out with! I got a WD Black 1TB @ amazon. So far, it's been very smooth and I'm happy with it besides the part that it only had 931GB's of space, not 1TB. I figured I'd get what I paid for.
  11. Glad your happy with your purchase.
    And about the space check this link should clear up a bit.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terabyte
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