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Well if he gets the Sans Digital tower, then he'll have enough space for SSD expansion in the future. The only downside to all this is paying more money, which, frankly, is a downside to a lot of options. We'll just have to see.
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Well if he gets the Sans Digital tower, then he'll have enough space for SSD expansion in the future. The only downside to all this is paying more money, which, frankly, is a downside to a lot of options. We'll just have to see.
haha, yeh it seems to be the downside to a lot of things in life
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After some discussion, he likes the idea of the Sans Digital tower. What he isn't comfortable with is the Caviar Greens, which he fears will fail more than the Caviar Blacks. I honestly don't know since I have a Caviar Black as a boot drive and 2 Seagates as storage. Anyone know anything to clear this up?

EDIT: Also, is there a risk if the drives are running 24/7? Big torrenter, will probably leave this on for weeks on end, shutting down if only to swap out some components or clean the case.
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After some discussion, he likes the idea of the Sans Digital tower. What he isn't comfortable with is the Caviar Greens, which he fears will fail more than the Caviar Blacks. I honestly don't know since I have a Caviar Black as a boot drive and 2 Seagates as storage. Anyone know anything to clear this up?

EDIT: Also, is there a risk if the drives are running 24/7? Big torrenter, will probably leave this on for weeks on end, shutting down if only to swap out some components or clean the case.
It has a 3 year warranty, why do you have to worry about failure? I have 3xWD20EARS I want to get 5 more. So far none have failed and I have filled one to 2TB no problems. I have the newest 00MVWB0 revision drive I got from Amazon.com. Most should have the newest 00MVWB0 revision already which is considered more reliable than the first few versions. I wouldn't worry about hard drives dying, I still have my IDE 120GB Western Digital Caviar SE from 2003 that won't die yet. It refuses to let my SATA drives takeover.

If he's just using it for storage for like anime it's not going to matter much. I can playback videos stored on the Green drives without any stuttering or slow downs. But Caviar Blacks are kind of overkill for just storing files for media usage i.e. HTPC stuff unless he needs the extra read/write speeds then the Green drives will work fine. But if he has the money and is willing to spend it then he can get a full 8 bay Caviar Black 2TB tower. LOL, expensive though at $179 each but hey if you have the money then why not right? But he can always do a combo if he's worried. You don't have to go all Green drives but I would to save power. 1 Green drive and a Black drive and just keep adding more 2TB drives as needed.

As for my Green drives they're practically on almost 24/7. Haven't died yet or had any problems. But it's not like he's going to access the 8 drives at the same time 24/7 it's just going to sit there and idle.
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just an assumption, but wouldnt a drive spinning less, with less power running through it, have less wear and tear? i woulda thought they would last longer because theyre under less stress, hence lower performance. but like i said before go with what he WANTs or he might change his mind later, and i doubt theres refunds
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No clue. But in any case, as it now stands, we've decided to scrap the whole external tower thing and just decided to start off with 6 or 8TB inside the case, and obviously just add more once he needs it.
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So the RAM has been decided: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145261

Corsair XMS 8GB 4 x 2GB Kit DDR3 1600
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So the RAM has been decided: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145261

Corsair XMS 8GB 4 x 2GB Kit DDR3 1600
what about the gskill cas 6 ram?? these seem ok, couldnt see him squeezing much out of them though??
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So the RAM has been decided: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145261

Corsair XMS 8GB 4 x 2GB Kit DDR3 1600
Why do you get 4 x 2GB? Why not 2 x 4GB? If he is going to overclock it's going to be very difficult with 4 sticks of ram. Personally I find it easier to overclock when running two sticks. Initially I have ran 4 x 1GB set before and overclocking was difficult. When I swapped to 2 x 2GB overclocking was a lot easier and higher clocks were able to be reached.
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Hrm. Well if he's going to overclock the cpu, how much will he have to overclock the RAM?
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