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November 16, 2010 4:47:43 PM

Im trying to make the final purchases to get to work on my first attempt at a computer build. I need a hard drive. Im looking for the best deal out there TODAY. Basically, 500gb is plenty for me ( A little more, little less is okay). My main concern is quality and price range. I am willing to spend $50 after shipping. (I might get crazy and spend $55, but thats it). I really dont want to spend anymore, as I have already spent more than i meant to buy a couple hundred dollars. So, whats the best I can get quality-wise for that price? I cant decide between so many different ones. If you want to know what I prefer with speed/performance/noise...

I would much rather have a little noiser HDD that performs better. (I say this because I read about choosing between WD green/blue/black. I would probably be a black or blue guy).

Please help me ASAP. Im sitting with my credit card out, ready to get this done now.

Thanks, Ive gotten alot of great advice off this site, and plan on asking any and all questions I have right here. Thanks to all!

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a b G Storage
November 16, 2010 5:18:36 PM

The fastest 500GB 7200rpm drive is still the Samsung F3 500GB. It is a guaranteed single platter drive (that's good) while the Western Digital Black series is a crapshoot on the # of platters: some are single platter, but some are double platter drives.
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November 16, 2010 5:21:08 PM

Is this HDD pricey? Also, do you mind giving me a 2 minute explanation on single platter/double platter and what that means? I just kind of want to have a little more knowledge on it, so its less stressfucl the next time I want to build one
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a b G Storage
November 16, 2010 5:33:07 PM

The F3 is $55 on newegg, for $20 you can step up to a 2-platter 1TB F3 model.

The reason less platters is better on mechanical HDD's is mostly due to density. Samsung packs 500 GB's on a single platter, and uses a single head to read that platter. Compare that to the first generation of 500GB hard drives that had 5x 100GB platters with five heads. That adds to more power usage, more noise, more heat, and it takes longer for the heads to read and write data over the larger surface area.

Also, think about a spinning disc at a set RPM. The outside of the disc in linear terms, moves faster than the inside of the disc. Reads and writes will be faster on the outside of the disc (platter). So, the more data you have available on the outer edge of a platter, the faster that data can be read/written.

In short, a single platter 500GB drive will always be faster than a 500GB drive with 2x 250GB platters, which in turn is faster than a 500GB drive with 5x 100GB platters. So on and so forth.
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a b G Storage
November 16, 2010 5:37:35 PM

NickCapolupo said:
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-SATA-Hard-Drive-HD502HJ/d...

Check that out. Im about to buy it. do i need to buy sata cables also? should I buy the recommended one for like 4.90? Is this a smart decision?
The HD502HJ model is the 500GB F3, so good choice there. If you don't have a spare SATA cable, then you should buy one for the drive since it doesn't come with one. The $4 cables will probably work just fine. They look like the generic cables you get with just about any motherboard.
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a b G Storage
November 16, 2010 5:43:42 PM

If you can get by with 320GB, Samsung has a newer F4 7200rpm drive that is a 667GB platter, but only reads from one side for 320GB. It is a little faster than the 500GB F3 because the platter is even more dense. See here.
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a b G Storage
November 16, 2010 5:45:50 PM

^sweet deal there. I say go for the 1TB.
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November 16, 2010 5:45:59 PM

oh, so sata cables come with the mobo. Then I wont buy them. Im buying the motherboard today also, ASRock 770 Xtreme.

Thanks for the platter explanation. makes sense. One last question. This motherboard Im getting supports 6.0gb/s hard drives. Now, will I be plenty fine with the HDD I chose above? Or should I be looking for a 6.0gb/s HD? I figure I wont find one in the 50-60 price range. Whats your opinion. BTW, this computer will be used for starcraft2/music/youtube/smut basically. I dont play a lot of games, but I do want starcraft to run at optimal performance. If it affects your opinion, heres the build..

Phenom 2 x4 965 CPU
ASRock Xtreme 770 mobo
GTX460 (EVGA) GPU
Fatal1ty 550w PSU
Antec 600 Case
2x2 GB Kingston Xtreme DDR3 1600
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November 16, 2010 5:49:49 PM

Ok, so the superbiiz, its one platter? its the best bet? like i said, i would prefer performance over bigger size. So, the 1tb superbiiz is my best option?
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a b G Storage
November 16, 2010 5:52:06 PM

Mechanical HDD's are just barely approaching the speed barrier of SATA 1 (1.5 Gb/s).

SATA 6.0Gb/s speed is needed for future SSD drives. You're fine with the F3.
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a c 108 G Storage
November 16, 2010 5:52:41 PM

NickCapolupo said:
Ok, so the superbiiz, its one platter? its the best bet? like i said, i would prefer performance over bigger size. So, the 1tb superbiiz is my best option?



It is 2 platters but they are 500GB each making it very fast. It is your best bet.

The Spinpoint F3 drives have been the best "bang for your buck" for a while now.
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November 16, 2010 7:05:36 PM

I just bought the 1TB one. Thanks guys. I dont know who to give the best answer to... pritchett was very helpful with all the facts, but anort had the deal.. thanks to both, dont know who wants the best answer mark
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a c 108 G Storage
November 16, 2010 7:20:00 PM

Thats up to you buddy. Whoever helped the most I guess :p 

Glad you got the deal. You will be happy with it. It's a great drive and usually over $70.
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November 16, 2010 7:31:28 PM

ima give it to pritchett for explaining how hard drives work. But i definatly appreciate your help, too! Got any sweet deals on a DVD/RW drive. I got $24 left (shipping included)....
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November 16, 2010 7:31:59 PM

Best answer selected by NickCapolupo.
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