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HDD help? Size and RPMs
04-12-2012, 12:05 PM,
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HDD help? Size and RPMs
Here are the candidates for the budget gaming PC I'm hoping to build:

Brand: Western Digital
Capacity: 500 GB
RPM: 7200
Cache: 16
Warrenty: 3 years limited
Price: $80

Brand: Seagate
Capacity: 1 TB
RPM: 7200
Cache: 32
Warrenty: 2 years limited
Price: $100

Brand: Seagate
Capacity: 1.5 TB
RPM: 5900
Cache: 64
Warrenty: 2 years limited
Price: $95

Let me know if more info is required.
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04-12-2012, 12:21 PM,
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RE: HDD help? Size and RPMs
Of those three, I'd go with the Barracuda. If you want to spend a little more for slightly less performance but a greater reliability, the SAMSUNG F3 is still king.
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04-12-2012, 12:38 PM,
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RE: HDD help? Size and RPMs
I had originally said that too. But if you look at the reviews of the WD vs the Seagate, the WD destroys seagate. So it felt weird to give a strong recommendation based on that.
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04-12-2012, 01:03 PM, (This post was last modified: 04-12-2012, 01:06 PM by myth1485.)
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RE: HDD help? Size and RPMs
@ichigeki Two of the three are Seagate Barracudas. Which do you mean?

@Pineappl All three have 4 out of 5 eggs on Newegg. Which reviews do you mean?

My thought process was this. Save money. So I selected the WD. Then I saw for a measly $15 more I could have 3x the capacity. But then I noticed that the RPMs took a hit. So then I found the 1 TB at 7200 RPMs for another $5 ($20 more all together).

So it comes to these two questions: Is the 3x capacity and RPM loss worth $15? Or is the mid-size (2x) worth $20 to maintain RPMs?
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04-12-2012, 01:14 PM, (This post was last modified: 04-12-2012, 01:15 PM by Pineappl.)
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RE: HDD help? Size and RPMs
Since you don't have an SSD you will want the faster RPMs. Unless you are absolutely certain your gonna use/need 1.5 TB of space. Even then since your OS will be on it we'd suggest getting a 7200.

If you open up the feedback tabs on both of them. Seagate has 59% 5 eggs, 16% 1 eggs. WD has 72% 5 eggs, 8% 1 eggs. Just the difference in percentages of highs and lows. But the reviews are usually the extremes of people who leave feedback.

Also you can get a 500GB seagate barracuda for $85.
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04-12-2012, 01:28 PM,
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RE: HDD help? Size and RPMs
I don't know that I would read TOO much into reviews for a hard drive. It's the kind of component that it either works or it doesn't. If it doesn't work, that's usually because of a defect and you get a new one. Yes that can be a hassle if you did not back up properly before working on your build, but if you did it is just a momentary disturbance. It's not like a defective motherboard where now you have to redo your entire build.

I would look at failure rate instead of ratings.
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