Best SSDs over 20 GB and best hard drives 1 TB

Hey all!
I'm planning out a computer build and I want an SSD over 20 GBs so that I can boot my Windows 8.1 Pro operating system off of that. Please tell me the best SSD for the money over 20 GB to get so that I can boot Windows 8.1 Pro off of it and why it is the best. Also, I'm looking for a 1 TB, non-SSD, hard drive. Please tell me what the best 1 TB hard drive to get would be and why. I really appreciate your help.

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    For HDDs, I have never had a failure with either Seagate or Western Digital... and I've built a lot of machines.

    For a SSD, check out Tom's hierarchy chart for them:,3269-6.html
    And when you go to install Win8.1 to the SSD, check out this tutorial to save yourself some misery and to keep your new drive from writing itself to an early death and to increase its performance:
  2. For the past 4 or 5 years I have been installing Western Digital Black hard disk drives in customer pc's. There were several versions. Never had a problem with any of them.

    Which type of ssd are you interested in? SATA 3, mSATA, M.2 SATA NGFF, or PCIe?

    I normally recommend Samsung. The Samsung ssd's perform very well and have a proven track record.

    I maintain the ssd database listed in a sticky at the top of this forum section. Here is the link:

    I have just about all of the consumer oriented ssd's listed in the database. Scroll down to the brands and models you are interested in and follow the links to the technical reviews.

    If I go strictly by the typical synthetic benchmarks, then the Samsung 840 Pro and 840 EVO with their new "rapid mode" technology are the fastest standard SATA 3 6Gb/s ssd's for desktop computers. I have a Samsung 840 EVO 256GB ssd with rapid mode enabled in my personal pc. Here are my results using the Samsung SSD magician to measure the performance:

    Sequential Read: 1,190 MB/s
    Sequential Write: 1,041 MB/s
    Random Read: 101,229 IOPS
    Random Write: 132,953 IOPS

    Essentially Samsung uses 1GB of DDR3 system memory as a cache. It reminds me a lot of the old "ramdisks" that use system memory to create a virtual disk. It might be a problem for systems with just 4GB of system memory as that would only leave 3GB for the operating system and the rest of the pc. Samsung has already announced that they will eventually release versions that could use additional system memory. It appears to be good new for consumers who installed more memory than they actually need.
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