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Looking for a great HDD for custom built unit & Opinions

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April 28, 2011 5:31:25 PM



My system I am planning to build is missing a HDD, so I am looking to your guys for advice on what to get ( along with any opinions on the current components).
My objective is to keep this for about 7 years (adding ram, another GPU, OC'ing as needed)


Without further ado, here is the list:

Processor
i7-2600K 3.4 GHZ


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I know that I can OC a i7-2500 to have an end result better or comparable to the i7-2600k but due to my lack of experience with OC, I would rather go high-end and stable to start with. I got the 2600K so I can OC in the future (aka around 2014) when I feel as though it would be a more cost-efficient option than out right upgrading.
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Motherboard
ASRock Fatality P67 Professional

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GPU
GeForce GTX 580


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I could get a more cost-efficient performance increase here by going SLI or Crossfire with cheaper cards, but I prefer the simplicity of one GPU (I only use one monitor atm anyway). Not sure which exact Brand to get (EVGA, MSI, PNY, etc)
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Chassis
Cooler Master HAF 932



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For future proofing, the biggest there is, and the best air flow. I am going for keeping things very cool and relatively quiet when not in full load.
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PSU
SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W


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Modular. Should be more than enough power for my build. reliable and efficient. heard that the fan doesn't spin unless requried (which i like)
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SSD
Kingston SSDNow V+100


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About 96Gb of space for roughly $170. Going to be used for OS and a few programs (Photoshop, video editors, etc). Would it fit the case and is there another comparable SSD that fits the chassis for the price of ~$200?
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Windows 7 64-Bit Professional

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So I need some HDD (1-2TB) suggestions to set up in RAID format that will be used for media and other programs/games. I am looking for reliability and quietness Also any sub-$150 RAM (at least 6-8GB) suggestions? Thanks in advance.
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April 28, 2011 5:41:34 PM

MEM - GSKILL Sniper 8GB (2x4GB) - $60 after Coupon Code: DM15AP11US
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD - Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB (7200 RPM), Spinpoint F4 2TB (5400RPM) ...or... Hitachi 5k3000 (5400RPM), Hitachi 7k3000 (7200 RPM). Don't get caught up in SATA II vs SATA III debate... No mechanical hard drive will fully utilize the SATA II interface so they will perform the same.
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April 28, 2011 6:00:30 PM

Spinpoint F3's or Seagate 7200.12 are the best bets right now in terms of value for performance for 1tb drives.

Any GPU company with a good (3 years at least) warranty and support works. Doesn't really matter unless there's a specific cooler type you want. I wouldn't go MSI though, their support track record is pretty bad. So EVGA, PNY, Asus and gigabyte are all fine.

932 is huge, you'll need cable extensions if you want to do neat cabling.

SSD wise, vertex and agility 2 are both around $200, less with rebate, for 120gb drives.

That PC really isn't gonna last you for 7 years. 7 years is a very very long time in PC terms. That's 3 tick tock cycles for Intel. So that'd be the equivalent of a Pentium 4 processor and ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 (this was pre HD series, even pre X series) being used today.

Paying the massive price premium for a top of the line PC today isn't worth it. Better to build a solid gaming PC for $1000 and save the rest for a new rig in 2-3 years.

The alternative is to build a new top end PC every year and sell last years. This'll keep you with a top of the line PC, and you can make back most of your money. Back when I did this, I'd basically make back $1,200-$1,400 on a $1,500-$1,800 PC. Basically I spent as much money as a someone getting a new PC every 4 years, cept I always had top of the line parts.
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April 28, 2011 8:30:59 PM

Thanks for the answers banthracis. I was unaware of the cable extensions but i added them to the list. I was looking at the Vertex SSD and I added those as well.

The 7-year thing is mainly for my uncle. His current computer was bought in 05-06 I believe and it is slow (plus it is a Dell). Once I build mine, I expect to use the same exact parts to build theirs. My uncle isnt a gamer at all but his kids play browser based games and such. I want the computer for him because he doesn't need all the flash (like OC, water cooling, SLI, XFire, etc), just speed and responsiveness. So I aim at 5-7 years for his needs (research papers, youtube, burn a dvd, play browser-based games, maybe WoW or the like, etc )

I told him it wouldn't last that long from these base parts, but we could probably add more RAM and/or a new processor which would be cheaper for him than buying a new computer in that time frame.

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I have a friend who is going to get what I get, because we are going to move away from console gaming completely. And I have a few questions for you.

1) A solid PC gaming 64-bit (windows 7) for $1000 today, what parts/components do you recommend? I want to play Crysis 2 Max Setting, Elder Scrolls 5 max settings, Battefield 3 max settings and basically anything coming out this year and next. I plan to play Guild Wars 2 and a few other games.

2) Where do you sell your old computer for that type of return? Ebay? Craigslist? Because that's the first of heard of doing something like that but it makes much more sense for me and my situation/needs.


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