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February 4, 2010 11:54:05 PM

I was wondering, Whats an expert's opinion on my choice of components as far as performance? My board did limit me to DDR2, and I opted to go with the 940 instead of the 955 :whistle: .

ASUS M3A78-CM
PhenomII X4 940 BE
8GB DDR2 G.Skill@800MHz
HIS ICE-Q 4 - 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
OCZ Fatality 550 watt PSU
WD 640GB Black
Win 7

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February 5, 2010 12:00:32 AM

Check out the performance charts and pick whatever 500 GB per platter drive performs best under your usage patterns. The WD Black 2 TB is a good choice but at smaller capacities, you are limited to the Seagate 7200.12 or the Spinpoint F3. The 7200.12 excels in gaming, multimedia and pictures whereas the F3 wins at music and movie maker. See the comparisons here (copy past link in manually, link won't work in forum):

(http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2009-3.5-desktop-har...[2371]=on∏[2770]=on)
February 5, 2010 12:07:13 AM

It looks to me like you have yourself a nice system for a while to come. It should last through 1 video card upgrade before you feel the need to get a new system. If you are like I used to be and am getting back to being. it could last you 5 years no problem.

If you are a die hard enthusiast with extra money, its good until next fall/winter. ;) 
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February 5, 2010 12:12:57 AM

JackNaylorPE said:
Check out the performance charts and pick whatever 500 GB per platter drive performs best under your usage patterns. The WD Black 2 TB is a good choice but at smaller capacities, you are limited to the Seagate 7200.12 or the Spinpoint F3. The 7200.12 excels in gaming, multimedia and pictures whereas the F3 wins at music and movie maker. See the comparisons here (copy past link in manually, link won't work in forum):

(http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2009-3.5-desktop-har...[2371]=on∏[2770]=on)


I had a feeling that the HDD was going to be the weakspot. Is the 640 black not a good drive? It does seem a bit sluggish at times.
February 5, 2010 2:27:32 PM

It has 320 GB platters as opposed to the newer 500 GB platters. It was a good drive .... in it's day ..... bit its day has passed.
February 5, 2010 5:14:41 PM

Hey Jack, Which drive would you suggest for Heavy Gaming/ File Conversion?
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