So I am looking for advice or a nod of approval on this build. Main use is work- statistical programs (SPSS and SAS) but then some gaming as well. Thanks is advance for all of the help. Max budget is $2000
It is no coincidence that if you look at almost any thread in this forum, the Samsung Spinpoint F3 is recommended to anyone asking for build advice. Alot of the guys here are very knowledgable about computer parts (naturally, why else would you be here asking questions) whether a build be 'best performance and money is no object' or 'building on a tight budget' the F3 is mentioned time and again, it really is that good.
The fact is, with such a popular HDD, there will be more incidence of issues - if 10 x as many people are buying the F3, then even with the same ratio of faults as any other HDD that still means you will be seeing 10 x as many issues regarding faults, so don't read too much into them
The people here would not recommend items of poor quality in such large numbers. The occasional person may recommend some dodgy item (rare but can happen) but they are quickly corrected by others. The F3 though has the gold star from everyone and they aren't on Samsungs payroll
It is hard to be excited about an HDD, it doesn't make you coffee and it doesn't make your machine perform 100 times better, so the best answers you will get will be - yes I have one, it works great.