Which WD Caviar "Black" Model Number(s) are the preferred HDD's for Gaming Build?
-- I need some guidance.
After reading about various "gaming builds" on THG, and seeing Western Digital Caviar 'Black' mentioned quite often, I decided to purchase one. However, when I went to Western Digital's web site to look at their list of "500GB WD Caviar Black" drives, I saw they had nearly 20 of them! Although they stated '500GB' on each, the prices on their list included some that were nearly $1,500.00, or more! One of them had its weight listed as 33.3 POUNDS! I have no idea why. The web site offered no descriptions that explained the reason for the huge prices. I'm a real novice at shopping for a new drive.
With too many choices (and, without being able to understand what the heck the differences were between the drives they listed), I came here for some "real" explanations.
I want to buy the "best" model available, as far as quality, speed (seek/access, etc.), dependability, warranty, etc. It can be either a 500GB, 650GB?/750GB?, or 1.5GB.
I'm looking for specific WD MODEL NUMBERS (for the one/s Tom's Hardware builders recommend for gaming), so that I can then read more about the drives, find best low price, etc.
I'm going to mark this as the 'Best Answer,' even though it isn't what I sought to find originally. Everybody seemed to want to steer me towards buying other brands (their own preferences) instead of the brand I said I wanted. I'm sure the intentions were good, but I tried to make my choice clear in my original topic so that there wouldn't be any side-tracking to the topic.
I was also hoping to get just a simple 'list' of only the Model Numbers of each size of the WD drives that Tom's Hardware's "Build-Your-Own" contest "recommended." I couldn't find that info. From such a list, I could easily do the shopping without fearing that I bought the wrong Model.
I went ahead and ordered the Western Digital Caviar "Black" 500GB SATA III 7200 RPM 32 MB Cache Internal Desktop HDD.
Model Number: WD5002AALX
Thank you, techmo34, for mentioning what you did about the SATA II/III capability. That's very good to know!
One of these days soon, I'm hoping to start another topic to ask about an ASUS Motherboard. The MB I need must meet my certain req's. I know which CPU I want, but the specific RAM type is still an open issue for me.
Thanks again, everyone, for your kind suggestions and advice!