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Need advice on what to buy first

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What should I buy first?

Total: 4 votes (1 blank vote)

  • $70 PSU Antec Earthwatts 380W
  • 67 %
  • $65 HDD Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
  • 34 %
August 16, 2011 10:15:17 PM

I have a 5 year old dekstop with 200GB HDD and 300W PSU. They both really need to be replaced, because the HDD is noisy and PSU can fail at any time. Would a failed PSU damage the new HDD? Need some advice on that. I will be upgrading the whole system, but right now I'm short on money. I can buy a $70 PSU Antec Earthwatts 380W or a $65 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 HDD. I'm not short on space, but it would be great to have more. Besides, my hdd is relatively slow.

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a b B Homebuilt system
August 16, 2011 10:21:27 PM

if you have only about $70, I'll suggest splitting the difference.

$35 for a Xigmatek 400W 80+ Bronze PSU and $40 for a 500 GB SATA hard drive, *if* you can handle SATA on your old system.
August 16, 2011 10:34:32 PM

Sorry I didn't mention this, but I live in Ireland. The best way for me is to buy them from There is no such PSU in ebay. Generally, things are more expensive here and I chose the most reliable solutions based on reviews. Yes, my system supports SATA, I would even think of buying a SATA HDD if it wouldn't be supported. I just need your votes and opinion on those two items. Thanks in advance!
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 16, 2011 10:52:16 PM

If it's a choice between reliability and storage that you don't even need then surely it's an easy choice?

I would either go with ScrewySqrl's idea or just the PSU. Either way i would make sure i had a decent PSU.
a b B Homebuilt system
August 16, 2011 10:52:46 PM

try some of the more direct UK sites, like ebuyer
August 16, 2011 11:17:31 PM

Ebuyer doesn't post to Ireland. There is one site, which is located in Ireland, but they don't have that PSU. Oh well, I guess I'll pay a bit more for this PSU, seems like it's worth it :)  Thanks for all the replies, I appreciate it :)