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Need help picking a HDD

By LeeLuck
Dec 14, 2009
  1. Hi all,
    Did a quick search but couldnt find a definitive answer so here goes.

    I am building a pc and i need a 500gig HD. I dont have a clue who makes a good one so here is where my question lies.

    All i need is a middle of the road, good quality, fair priced HD. Nothing fancy but must be reliable.

    I am buying a Asus P5Q-E MB if thats any help. I will have a 512mb ATI card, 8gig of DDR 2 dual channel, 650w PSU and a 64bit OS, cant decide on W7 or XP-Pro at the moment.
    Hope thats enough info,

    Any help is appreciated.

    Regards,

    Lee.
     
  2. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 604

    Well you need a SATA HD. For what you listed you are looking at a 7200 RPM HD as they are the most common for desktop systems, and are very reasonably priced.

    The Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA
    drive is one of the best selling on Newegg and is one of your best bets for $56.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136073

    Of course you could go to 1TB for $85
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136317

    I usually go with Western Digital as I have had good luck with them. Seagate is pretty popular as well.

    If you are taking votes for OS i would vote for Win7. MS is going to kill support for XP in a year or two (no more security updates etc. . .), so Win7 is your best bet. Also Win7 has better/less buggy 64 bit software support. I just upgraded from an XP machine to Win7 and definitely like it. XP was a great OS, but it is past its prime. It may take a bit of getting use to, but give Win 7 a shot.
     
  3. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 604

  4. LeeLuck

    LeeLuck TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 86

    compdata, your a star ;) thanks for the info, i have a WD external HD which i love so think i will go the route you mentioned. Cheers.

    I will certainly give W7 a go too. ;p

    Thanks again, great info.

    Regards, Lee.
     
  5. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 604

    Good luck, and let me know how you like Win7. I have spent a good bit of time configuring it recently and can point out ways to configure it to be more your taste if you run into anything you particularly don't like.
     
  6. LeeLuck

    LeeLuck TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 86

    I will Defo take you up on that my firend lol.

    Thanks again, i really appreciate your input ;)

    I will be intouch.
     
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