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March 8, 2010 3:45:54 AM

I'm building my own computer for gaming and I was wondering what kind of hard drive to get for it. It needs to be around a 100$ and be fast because I'm going to have windows 7 on it along with my games so speed is important too. I was thinking of getting one of these two hard drives

but I don't know which to get. What specs are important for a hard drive and what brand/hard drive do you guys recommend? Thanks.

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a b G Storage
March 8, 2010 4:21:45 AM

either is good, the larger drives generally perform better than the smaller ones your looking at but the differences are going to negligible in the real world.

the three performing drives right now are the black, the .12, and the F3's.

Which you get is like arguing Chevy vs. Ford....

March 8, 2010 4:24:49 AM

why not go further with a tb (1000) gb hd here are some good ones and you can't never get enough of that hd ,imagine all that info stored,
Western digital always.
seagate it's also a great manufacturer.

ok most important sata interface connection,
hd, rpm higher is better most commonly 7200 rpm you are good to go,
and the mb buffer it's always best to pick the biggest (your loading times will improve due to this buffer)

this is my best recommended hd.

wd black:

and then

noticed that the hd has more mb of buffer but it's rpm only 5200.
and the wd black has less buffer but more rpm speed.

i'd go with the wd black nonetheless..

asus p5q pro turbo/q6600 @ 3.4 ghz 24/7/asus silent knight II/
8 gb ocz sli edition/wd green 1 tb/seagate barracuda 250 gb/antec 300/ gtx 280 @ 690 mhz/1572mhz/1300mhz,
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a b G Storage
March 8, 2010 4:31:54 AM

the green drive is not a performance drive it is a power saving drive hence the green title and lower rpm's

seriously you pick your harddrives by buffer size
March 8, 2010 6:57:30 PM

Samsung F3 1TB 7200rpm drive can be had for about $80 (good for OS drive if you can't afford a SSD or can't justify the cost yet). The WD Green drives are good for storage and too slow (let's face it) for an OS drive. The Samsung F2 drives are also good for storage. I recommend Samsung drives, at least, right now.