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I found a 2TB one at a really good price considering the shortage. This would be used primarily for games.
 
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I found a 2TB one at a really good price considering the shortage. This would be used primarily for games.
to run games off of it'll be slow as its a 5400 rpm drive
As a storage device, it'll be perfect.

are you talking about the microcenter price for $70 being the "good deal"?
If so i'd jump on it b4 they raise the price next week.
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are you talking about the microcenter price for $70 being the "good deal"?
If so i'd jump on it b4 they raise the price next week.
$100 here in Aus. But Most places here have already raised their prices. The 2TB spinpoint F3 is going for $220
 
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$100 here in Aus. But Most places here have already raised their prices. The 2TB spinpoint F3 is going for $220
yeah same here in the USA
well either way, the F3 is a 7200 RPM drive so it'll be better for you to run games off of.
but you gotta consider if its worth the increase in price (double) for that performance.

personally anything over 1TB to me is for storage and not for running programs off of.
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I save most of my games on my F4 (and even run some off it, like SCII and Steam games) and it's decent enough, but not as fast as my 7200 RPM F3.

It's a pretty solid drive for almost anything (i wouldn't use it as boot drive though). I trust Samsung for HDD's, out of the seven i've had only one has given me problems, and it was my fault to boot (dropped it like at two meters, i'd be amazed if any drive survives that)
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Think I should mention that this would be used in place of the 500GB HDD (only has 70GB free) in my sig rig with the 60GB SSD for caching. I was more concerned with reliability to be honest.
Edited by Polymerabbit - 10/29/11 at 6:57pm
 
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If you use it as a storage drive, I'm sure it will be reliable for some time to come. I'm not so sure if I'd use a 2TB as my main drive though, I've heard bigger drives have a higher failure rate.
    
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If you use it as a storage drive, I'm sure it will be reliable for some time to come. I'm not so sure if I'd use a 2TB as my main drive though, I've heard bigger drives have a higher failure rate.
That makes sense. I might just pick up a 1TB F3 for $20 more. I'm really hating these prices, Velociraptors are about on par with SSDs GB/GB right now
 
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I have to agree with Azianai - 1TB and under for programs & OS.

FWIW, the F4 is awesome for mass storage - music, video, whatever. I have several of them. The firmware problems back last Dec totally sucked, but that's over with now. Other than that, I've never had a single problem with any of them.

The F4EG 2TB may be only 5400rpm, but it's fast for 5400rpm because it only has three platters. Not quite as fast as an F3 1TB or other 7200rpm, but it just about keeps up with my WD 2TB 7200rpm drive. The F4EG is a LOT faster than the F3EG 2TB (I've got two of those) - don't even bother with the F3EG.

If I were you, I'd get a smaller drive (500GB - 1TB) for programs & games and get that F4EG as well. I just checked my local MicroCenter and it's only $80 versus $160 now at NewEgg. I checked NewEgg just a few days ago and they were $130!
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Cool, yeah I guess I'll be picking up a 1TB F3
Getting an extra TB for $20 less was really tempting.
 
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