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Hey guys, so putting together a PC with an Intel 530 240GB SSD.
Would it matter if I paired it with a WD Blue or Green, like would I see a speed difference between the two since the SSDs doing the heavy lifting?

Note: Will probably map downloads/documents/etc folders to the HDD.
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Hey guys, so putting together a PC with an Intel 530 240GB SSD.
Would it matter if I paired it with a WD Blue or Green, like would I see a speed difference between the two since the SSDs doing the heavy lifting?

Note: Will probably map downloads/documents/etc folders to the HDD.

Well, assuming you install your operating system and applications on the SSD, the HDD speed does not really matter at all, especially if it's there just for storage (downloads, documents and such). I would just get the cheaper of the two HDD's. rolleyes.gif
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Well, assuming you install your operating system and applications on the SSD, the HDD speed does not really matter at all, especially if it's there just for storage (downloads, documents and such). I would just get the cheaper of the two HDD's. rolleyes.gif

I thought as much, just wanted to confirm, ty.
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I'd go WD blue. Some WD Green models have a serious reliability issue.
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I'd go WD blue. Some WD Green models have a serious reliability issue.

I don't think there is a big gap in either performance or reliability between Green and Blues.
I would go for Black, just cause the 5y warranty hints me into a model more "trusted" by the manufacturer to begin with.

Large drives with high platter dens. are pretty fast in either line.
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Lolz. Blacks have 500GB platters. Greens, Reds, and Blues have 1TB platters. Black are really a waste of money since Blues are faster and Greens/Reds are cheaper per byte.
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I'd go WD blue. Some WD Green models have a serious reliability issue.

The early ones, yes. The more recent models, no. Just stay away from Newegg.
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If you have Amazon Prime, get your drives from there. They pay return shipping for DOA smile.gif
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...Black are really a waste of money since Blues are faster and Greens/Reds are cheaper per byte...

Only the 1TB blues are faster than the Blacks. I disagree about the Blacks being a waste of money. For starters, they have a longer warranty, something some, if not many, people find worth the expense. The longer warranty suggests they will be more reliable. I use Blacks for my data drives in my desktop rig (one was imported from a previous machine) since they run 24/7 and Greens for my backups since they run only when I'm making the backup.

I agree it was only the earlier Greens had reliability issues (the infamous head parking issue). The current ones are getting good reviews.
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3TB Reds get impressive sequential speeds despite being 25% slower than Blacks due to the increased areal density. Blacks aren't bad per se for storage drives, but the alternatives are cheaper. However, you can argue that you're paying extra for the warranty, and that can be worth the premium. I don't think you need more than even an ATA-66 connection for 4k video, meaning Greens are a good choice, but games do like Blacks' and Blues' higher speeds. The OP is keeping programs and "heavy lifting" on his SSD, so that's moot. Greens are awful for anything short of just data, I agree.
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