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After upgrading to a 4770k/Maximus VI Hero from a QX9650/Asus P5Q Deluxe (S775) last December, my CPU cooler and case fans now work at lowest revs possible, and consequently the biggest producers of noise in my rig are the two WD Caviar Blue HDD's.

GPU is the completely inaudible Gigabyte Nvidia GTX 580 SOC Windforce 3X. Even with three fans working at 2500 revs, amazingly the GPU is still inaudible.

The noise from the HDD's has really started to get on my nerves during these past few months. They produce an "humming" noise "HUUUUUUUMMMMMM" when working. SMART data says both drives are still fine and they do not make any clicking noises, so I don't think they are on their way out either.

So, it was clear I needed a new HDD and I also needed to switch to a SSD just for the sheer noise reduction if not for the performance.

After reading a Tom's Hardware review, I have decided to buy:

Crucial M500 480 GB SSD

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...rk,3269-4.html

The above will hold my OS as well as games. I did try to find the quietest possible HDD, but I didn't manage to find any reviews that focused on acoustics of different HDD's. The only thing I did find is that the WD Green series of drives are the most quiet drives WD produce, but they are the slowest as well.

I am thinking to buy, in addition to the above, a 2TB WD Green for storage and backup.

What do you guys think?
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You don't really need that big on a SSD, all you really need is your OS and key programs. 120-256gb is the way to go IMO, with a fast HDD for storage/games.


Personally Can't believe you still use a HDD for your OS, SSD will be quite the jump for you. Have fun. wink.gif
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i agree 120 gb is more than engouh, got os+few games on mine GS and still 60gb left, easily will fit another big game.
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Originally Posted by DzillaXx View Post


Personally Can't believe you still use a HDD for your OS, SSD will be quite the jump for you. Have fun. wink.gif

Actually, one of the two HDD's is the same I had originally bought in March 2008 with my S775 system. It is that one that makes the most damn noise.
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Actually, one of the two HDD's is the same I had originally bought in March 2008 with my S775 system. It is that one that makes the most damn noise.

My WD Blacks are from 08.

Been in Raid 0 all these years.

Ran my OS for years, but going to SSD was a pretty big jump.

My HDD Raid still has higher sequential read then my SSD though. I use it for all my games, Load times are still great. Especially now that there is no OS slowing it down.

All of my Blacks are pretty quiet though.
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The internet seems to concur on the Blacks being the noisiest of the WD series since they also have the best performance. After having been through hell with the WD Blue Hum, I just don't want to take any chances.
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I suggest 256GB as the ideal size for a system SSD, the perfect balance of price, capacity, and performance.

I also happen to have (literally) boxes of HDD's, from 40GB or smaller IDE to the WD6400AAKS and similar vintage drives. Then another couple dozen in use.

I can say without a shadow of a doubt that the WD10EZEX is unlike any other Blue, ever. It's a premium drive in budget clothing, outperforming the overpriced, overhyped disappointments that are tthe Blacks. The Blue is faster, quieter, and cooler. I have 4 in RAID10, and 3 independent drives, all running right now and I can't hearthem, in ffact I don't think I've ever heard them. I did get lucky, as the 500gig VelociRaptors are silent too.
   
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