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January 9, 2013 3:09:22 PM

I'm building my first gaming PC and looking at HDD choices. These are what I'm currently looking at:

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM $65 with Newegg promo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

WD Black 500 GB 7200 RPM $70 with Newegg promo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

WD Blue 500GB 7200 RPM $65 no promo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or this Barracuda 7200 RPM 500 GB: $60 no promo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



What I am interested in is something reliable, good-quality, and has good performance and within my price range(about $70); If a 500 GB is more reliable, I'd take it over a 1TB.
This hard drive will be holding everything, from the OS to the games to regular files, I do not plan on having any movies or an abundance of pictures on here. I also do not do video editing or anything similar; games will be taking up the majority of space.

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a b G Storage
January 9, 2013 3:18:53 PM

WD Black definitely. It is e best among your options.
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a b G Storage
January 9, 2013 4:01:04 PM

The samsung and wd black are the best. You aren't going to notice a difference in performance in any of these hdds but those 2 are the most reliable. The wd black is a 5 yr warranty vs the others with 2.
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January 9, 2013 5:39:08 PM

Alright, so WD Black is in the lead with Samsung in second. I guess I'll have to assess how much HDD space I'll need now and for future titles. (Right now I'm only using 180 of a 300gb drive
The 5 year warranty does sound nice. My only future concern would be space, but I suppose if I reach that I could add another hard-drive, right?
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a b G Storage
January 10, 2013 1:35:14 AM

It is better you get a 500GB hard drive and then when you need more space buy an external hard drive. Generally there is a big chunk of sat people don't use often but is on their hard drive which make the hard drive slow and fragmented.
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a b G Storage
January 10, 2013 5:40:29 PM

I assume what you said is talking about people who have a lot of space so don't care to delete unused stuff. A good defragger will move unused files to the end of the hdd and will get rid of any fragmentation. If you need more space an internal is better because external are more expensive and can be slower depending on the connection used. They also tend to be 2.5" 5400rpm.
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a b G Storage
January 11, 2013 2:15:57 PM

k1114 said:
I assume what you said is talking about people who have a lot of space so don't care to delete unused stuff. A good defragger will move unused files to the end of the hdd and will get rid of any fragmentation. If you need more space an internal is better because external are more expensive and can be slower depending on the connection used. They also tend to be 2.5" 5400rpm.

I have seagate go flex 3.5" external hard drive with read at 60MBps and write at 35MBps with the USB 2.0 dock. I can get upto. 70-90 MBps write speeds. That is slightly less than what I get when moving files between two drives(sata 2). So I cannot say that it is slow. Also defragmentation can be a headache.
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