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Building Quad Core With 8800gt; Wd Or Seagate?


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Poll: Western Digital or Seagate? (10 member(s) have cast votes)

Which hard drive do you think is better?

  1. Western Digital (5 votes [55.56%])

    Percentage of vote: 55.56%

  2. Seagate (4 votes [44.44%])

    Percentage of vote: 44.44%

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#1 tacoman359

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Posted 18 February 2008 - 09:10 PM

I'm going to build a computer and I just wanted everyone's opinions on all of this hardware:

Antec Solo Black/Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail - $79.99

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3500630AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM - $109.99

SAMSUNG 220WM Black 22" 5ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail - $279.99

MSI NX8800GT 512M OC GeForce 8800GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail - $229.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX ATX12V V2.2 550W Power Supply - Retail - $99.99

Logitech X-540 70 watts 5.1 Speaker - Retail - $68.99 (thanks hockeyfreak863)

CORSAIR XMS2 DHX 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C4DHX - Retail - $134.00

ASUS P5K-E LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail - $139.99

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor Model BX80562Q6600 - Retail - $275.99

LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - Retail - $31.99

APC BE550R 550 VA 330 Watts Back-UPS ES 8 Outlet 550VA 120V - Retail - $62.99

Microsoft 69A-00001 OEM Silver/Black USB RF Wireless Ergonomics Laser Desktop 6000 Mouse Included - OEM - $39.99

Total: $1,619.83 (with shipping)

So what do you guys think of this?

Edited by tacoman359, 19 February 2008 - 07:37 PM.


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Posted 19 February 2008 - 04:56 PM

I Didn't see where you mentioned the Western digital Drive you are comparing. If its the raptor IMO its a luxury and not really worth the price tag. Both manufactures have good reputations and I have had good results with both.

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Posted 19 February 2008 - 07:34 PM

I'm not really comparing to any specific hard drive. I was just wondering overall which you guys think is better. Anyways... what do you think about my computer? Do all the parts look good, or should I switch some out?

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Posted 19 February 2008 - 11:10 PM

if you compare on tomshardware.com most seagate 7200 16mb cashe will beat a WD 7200 16mb cashe. You can also compare other brand hard drives also to see what you like best
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Posted 19 February 2008 - 11:20 PM

Ahh, great... Tom's Hardware helped me out a ton. I went ahead and bought the computer, but forgot to add an Ethernet cable. I was looking at this one, which is 50 feet and only $6.99. It seems like you can't go wrong with an Ethernet cable, but I saw other ones for like $20 so I'm not sure about it.

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 01:03 AM

Ill never buy anything but Western Digital. From newegg.com.
Once, I violated my rule and bought a Seagate from TigerDirect.com
That drive lasted 3 days :thumbsup:

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 08:26 AM

Tacoman:
What OS will you be using? If it's VISTA 32, it won't be able to read all of that 4GB of RAM. I found out the hard way. I guess it's either VISTA 64 or XP.HTH
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Posted 21 February 2008 - 11:43 AM

I'll be using Vista 32 bit. I don't mind if it can't read all the RAM... even if I get 512 MB more RAM when I install 64 bit, I still won't be able to run all the programs that I want.

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 11:48 AM

With 4 gB of RAM, it really doesn't pay to upgrade to 64 bit. The little bit extra that's recognized won't show up as an improvement (at least in my case it didn't).

I'd suggest a thorough read of this article for those that are thinking of upgrading to 64 bit: http://www.tomshardware.com/2008/02/15/vista_workshop/ (That's where I'm headed next :thumbsup:
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Posted 22 February 2008 - 04:10 PM

Alright... I got my computer, built it, everything works fine now. I'm going to switch the grease with some Arctic Silver, but in the processor's manual, it said it is recommended to use a case chassis. My case did not come with a chassis and there is not one available. Do you think this really matters? Should I get another fan or something to attempt to make up for this?

Also, I just realized that Western Digital won on this forum but I posted on TSG and Seagate won. Whatever, it's too late to switch now I've already built it and I don't want to spend much more money.

Edited by tacoman359, 22 February 2008 - 06:22 PM.


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Posted 23 February 2008 - 09:56 AM

I have had "slightly" better experiences with Western Digital than I have with Seagate - that doesn't mean that Seagate is a bad choice (and, FWIW, the 5 year warranty thing is a plus on their side!).
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Posted 24 February 2008 - 01:41 PM

I put in Arctic Silver and my temperature was at 31C after one hour. I installed Vista and noticed that the hard drive was clicking... I'm going to send it back. I think I'll choose WD next time.

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Posted 24 February 2008 - 02:13 PM

I've had W-D fail also. My experiences with their support is one of the reasons that I prefer them (I was able to do everything on the web - never even spoke to a human! :thumbsup:
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Posted 03 March 2008 - 03:44 PM

I'm just wondering... if you have a WD hard drive and it fails within the warranty and you send it back, will they send you a brand new one or a refurbished one? I know that Seagate sends refurbished ones, but I don't know whether I should aim for longer warranty or for better quality.

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 04:01 PM

I sent the hard drive back, got my new one, and this one is clicking really loud too. I'm getting a refund, and I'm going to choose a Western Digital next time. I've narrowed my results down to this. Can anyone help me choose from that list? Is it worth getting retail or open box?

Edited by tacoman359, 18 March 2008 - 04:01 PM.





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