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Hi all,

I'm looking for a regular hard drive, should be 640gb+ to have everything on it, budget is as low as possible.

I'm not sure if it's worth buying a 1TB black for 85$ VS a blue for 67, also there are a lot of people here liking F3's, what are those?

It's for my friend's rig, he will probably stick with it for a while, but he's only gaming/browsing, so he doesn't need a lot of space.


Thanks!
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These are the F3s.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152185

It really depends on how much you are willing to spend. Of course more money means better performance.
I would say Caviar Blue < SS F3 < Caviar Black

I personally own the Caviar Blue 500GB and it is not slow at all. I say its around average, and also its not too loud.
I don't know about the noise of the F3, but it shouldn't be too loud.
The Blacks I heard can get a little loud. Depends if you have enough fans to cover it up.

Overall you should go the the SS F3 because its at $65 which is cheaper and much better than a WDC Blue.
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Can't find any Samsungs F3's in Canada, they all seem to be over 75$...

I found a Seagate ST31000524AS for 53$
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...e&promoid=1339

How would that stand along?
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I really don't trust Seagate drives. I've had nothing but problems with most of the ones I've bought.

If you buy off NCIX, you can pricematch to other sites.

WD Black 1TB - $69.79
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...D&promoid=1339
-> http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/22...al/WD1002FAEX/

WD Blue 1TB - $60.10
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...20Digital%20WD
-> http://www.directcanada.com/products...20DIGITAL%20WD

Seagate 1TB - $52.99
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...e&promoid=1339
-> http://www.vastech.ca/seagate-barrac...1000524as.html

Of course, another option (which most people here will tell you to go for ) is 2x500GB RAID-0.

WD 500GB (2x) - $73.98
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...D&promoid=1339
     
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I think I'll go with the Black at that PM price, seems like the best deal of all at this point

I think I should forget about raiding them right? Heard a lot of people had their RAID degrade within a few days with non-RAID qualified drives...
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Nononono. RAID is perfectly fine for any drives. I don't know about non-qualified RAID drives, but most drives can especially the Caviar Blacks.
You have a 5 year warranty on them so don't worry.
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post #7 of 13
Western Digital Caviar Blacks, Seagate Barracudas, and Samsung F3s. Some don't have problems with the caviars or barracudas and some don't. I would get the F3s though.
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Samsung f3 1tb on newegg is on sale for 50$ right now. That's a friggin steal. JUMP ON IT.

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Originally Posted by iJustin View Post
Nononono. RAID is perfectly fine for any drives. I don't know about non-qualified RAID drives, but most drives can especially the Caviar Blacks.
You have a 5 year warranty on them so don't worry.
Humm ok, so I think I'll get a second one when some extra cash will exist


Quote:
Originally Posted by hollowtek View Post
Samsung f3 1tb on newegg is on sale for 50$ right now. That's a friggin steal. JUMP ON IT.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIDrtVE5zUY
Canada still 75$...


Ordering 1tb caviar blacks, thanks all!
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One more thing, the F3s will be gone since Seagate bought Samsung's HDD section. Anyways, congrats.
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