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Hi,

I'm building a new rig and so far I have the Crucial M4 128gb for Windows

What should I buy for the programs and games?

Some programs/games I'll be running:
Web browsers - Firefox, Chrome, Opera
Antivirus - Norton, Microsoft Essentials, Malware Bytes
Miscellaneous - AIM, Winamp, iTunes, VLC Player, Dropbox, Steam, a torrent client
Games - League of Legends, Starcraft 2, Diablo 3, Counter Strike Source, Dragon Saga, Vindictus, and many more

So I need a drive that:
-can run these programs with good speed (7200 rpm?)
-can multitask heavily (I multitask a lot and frequently. Such as Firefox, aim, cs source, vindictus)
-has sufficient room

Thank you,
Jason

Update - Ok so I bought a WD Caviar Black 500gb 32mb cache from Newegg for total of $79.99. This is going to be my gaming hdd.
Now I'm looking for another hdd for the programs. Should I just pick any 7200rpm hdd? 32mb or 64mb cache?
Or should I just get another Black?
Edited by itzzjason - 5/26/12 at 1:51pm
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Web browsers: They are small, and you'll like the start time. On the SSD with Windows.
AV: Chose ONE. Multible AV programs do not play nice together. On the HDD.
Misc: On the HDD.
Games: If you have the room, put a few on the SSD. Otherwise, on the HDD.

I personaly like WD more then Seagate, so...
500GB Caviar Black 7200rpm 64MB Cache
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Web browsers: They are small, and you'll like the start time. On the SSD with Windows.
AV: Chose ONE. Multible AV programs do not play nice together. On the HDD.
Misc: On the HDD.
Games: If you have the room, put a few on the SSD. Otherwise, on the HDD.

I personaly like WD more then Seagate, so...
500GB Caviar Black 7200rpm 64MB Cache

Good advice. thumb.gif

I'm a fan of WD Blacks as well. Really solid drives. That said, I am interested in the new Seagate drives with 1TB platters. They need a firmware update to fix random disappearance issues, but aside from that they look like good performers.
http://knowledge.seagate.com/articles/en_US/FAQ/223651en

However, if reliability is your top concern... WD Black. smile.gif You can sometimes find the 1TB Blacks for $120.
     
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How is this hard drive?
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=66009&vpn=ST3000DM001&manufacture=Seagate&promoid=1018
I heard something about 7200.11 being messed up or something
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Looks like a great price for a 3TB. I don't hear much about Seagate drives either way though.
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Quote:
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Looks like a great price for a 3TB. I don't hear much about Seagate drives either way though.
I've been hearing iffy things about the new 3TB Seagate drives. 1TB/2TB (with 1TB platters) are mostly okay, but the 3TB model seems to have more complainers. Not sure why yet.


The price is good, and NCIX's warranty is good - if you need 3TB then I suppose you could take a chance.
     
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I have the FAEX 1TB WD and the new Seagate 3TB drive. So far they have both been great drives *knock on wood*, but one thing I can tell you is the Seagate drive is significantly faster than my Caviar Black. I haven't had it long enough to judge reliability, but I can tell you that you won't find a faster 7200RPM drive.
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Samsung 22X DVD±RW Burner with Dual Layer Support Phanteks PH-TC14PE (white) CPU Cooler Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Monoprice 2560x1440 60hz IPS LED 
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personally i would go with another Black, good speed and exceptional reliability from my own adventures using them in my NAS and rigs.. my NAS they run 24/7 and pretty much running all the time as i also contribute part of my storage to the Synform cloud..

other than that you could look a Hitachi drives as well which are good performers and reliable.

32MB cache is all you really need smile.gif
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i7-3770k Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP5 TH MSI GTX460 G.Skill TridentX 2400 2 x 4GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Plextor M5p 128GB 2 x WD 500GB Blues LG Prolimatech Megahalems Rev C 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Arctic F12 CO PWM x 2 Push/Pull Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate LG IPS235V Corsair AX850 
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Coolermaster HAF 912 advanced (Asia version) 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I5-3570K Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 Inno3D Ichill GTX660 8GB G.Skill RipjawsX 1600 
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Samsung 830 128GB WD black 500GB Liteon Coolermaster Hyper 212+ EVO 
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Win 7 ultimate Samsung Syncmaster 932gwe+ OCZ ZT series 550W Coolermaster 410 
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1.67Ghz Atom stock 1GB DDR2 2 x 500GB Western Digital Cavier Blacks [RAID 1] 
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