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$650 Gaming PC Build Hard Drive Speedbump

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August 15, 2012 11:34:05 PM

CPU = Intel Core i5-2400 OR Intel Core i3-2120

M'board = MSI H77MA-G43 LGA 1155 OR ASUS P8H61-M LX PLUS

V'card = EVGA 01G-P3-1460-KR GeForce GTX 560 OR Radeon HD 6870

RAM = G.SKILL ripjaw TX 8GB (2 x 4GB)

H'drive = Samsung Spinpoint F3 500gb

Case = COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case

CD/DVD = ASUS 24X DVD Burner

PSU = CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W

So I had this build up on the forums before, but since then there's been a problem with the hard drive. One, I'm pretty sure it's not Samsung making them anymore and that it's Seagate now. This concerns me a little bit. And two there is low stock across the board and very mixed reviews at times. Any suggestions on another hard drive for this? And I was also looking at the March 2012 Gaming Pc Marathon build and was wondering if it was any good at it's job? Sure they say so but I want input from others. It seems like they just dumped all their money into the graphics card and downgraded other things. Prudent or no?
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-gaming-pc-ove...
August 16, 2012 5:07:11 PM

So what actually is the problem. Is your computer slow?
August 16, 2012 8:57:34 PM

Nooooo I havn't built it yet. Which is why I'm posting it before I waste money on something that may or may not fail.
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August 16, 2012 9:42:25 PM
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You could do better, personally.

Check out my $650 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
But it'll be meeting your budget limit so it's hard to say.

Samsung is now made by Seagate as it was purchased by Seagate like Hitachi by WD. It's fine though, personally I think they've still kept the production of the Samsung F3 the same, nothing should be changed. The Seagate 500GB or any cheap hard drive will perform pretty close to the same.
August 17, 2012 4:46:53 AM

There are so many $650 builds nowadays that it's hard to decipher which one is actually worth the time in my opinion.
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