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June 15, 2010 2:29:47 AM

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

The build:
CPU: Intel Core i5-750
Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro
Graphics: ASUS EAH5870/2DIS/1GD5/V2 Radeon HD 5870
Memory: G.SKILL Trident 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000
System HD: Crucial CT128M225 2.5" 128GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Aux HD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Case: COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Advanced Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Power: CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus

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June 15, 2010 1:57:38 PM

Does anyone have any experience with the Samsung Spinpoint F3? I have seen the better benchmarks, but have also seen comments about a greater incidence of bad sectors. Comments.
June 15, 2010 2:21:21 PM

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.

Short of getting a SSD, you won't get better.