Barracuda 1tb 7200 RPM a worthy storage device?


I just had a couple quick questions regarding the Barracuda series of HDDs. Does anyone have one and would you recommend them? I would prefer to either go with a hybrid or standard quality speed HDD opposed to a SSD. If you recommend a Hybrid or can sway me to get a SSD drive please feel free as I do think the Samsung's SSDs look nice. I just don't want to have to worry about which drives to allocate what program/game too so I figured I'd go with one standard quality HDD. The thing is I really don't care much about load/boot times. If you do recommend a hybrid, please explain some positives and negatives if any about a hybrid drive.

I currently have an older computer that was given to me by a buddy who is a SEO junkie. It still holds up very well but it is significantly outdated, first gen i7, GTX 295, Corsair Dom GT, ect. I'm currently looking to build a new computer.

My build thus far is looking like as follows, I am not planning on overclocking. I kind of want to make what I would consider more of a "purist." I want to put the parts in, get it up and running and leave it as is, good for overall performance which includes solid gaming, multi media, movies, music, downloading, burning and web browsing.

So far I have in mind:

MB: ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

MEM: CORSAIR Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 Desktop Memory Model CMY16GX3M2A1866C9R (Red)

PSU: CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC ...

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770 Haswell 3.4GHz LGA 1150 84W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80646I74770

GPU: ASUS GTX780-DC2OC-3GD5 GeForce GTX 780 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card\

Optical Drive: N/A (some kind of blu-ray burner most likely)

Case: N/A (mid tower case of some kind)

HDD: Barracuda 1 TB 7200 rpm 64 cache or a Hybrid drive of some kind.

If you can recommend any kind of optical drive, mid tower case, and heat sink for my CPU I will more than take that into consideration as well.


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    The Barracuda line of Seagate drives is one of the staples of desktop drives. I have used many of them (and the WD Blue drives) over the years, with 0 failures.

    If you are not going to be O/C'ing your processor, there is no compelling reason to add an after market cooler. The Intel stock cooler is quiet and efficient at stock speeds.

    The inexpensive Asus DVD Burner/player has been my go-to optical drive for all of my last several builds. Never an issue. And if there ever is, it is inexpensive to replace.
  2. Excellent, I was thing about going with one of the Blues or Barracudas, good thing I won't have to worry about the Heatsink.

    I may scratch the Blu-Ray burner since honestly I just use the PS4. I really can't foresee myself burning a lot of them so I may just go with the standard DVD burner.

    I guess all that leaves is the case.


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