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22 Jan 2010   #11
CoolioG

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Hmmmmm. Ok, i'll take your words for it. Sounds good. Seems like the Western Digital Black has recieved many reviews.


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22 Jan 2010   #12
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I've got a 1TB Caviar Black in my machine and used it for awhile as my storage drive. I can tell you the performance is good and the noise isn't hardly any more noticeable than any other hard drive that I have ever used. The only reason that I replaced that drive as my OS drive is that I upgraded to an SSD drive. Now, the Caviar Black is my storage drive. The cost savings on power would have taken a long time to cover the cost of the "green" series drive since I already owned the "black".
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22 Jan 2010   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The Hitachi drives seem to be good. I have an external Hitachi that never let me down. And it is very quiet. But, I am, of course, only a statistical sample of 1.
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22 Jan 2010   #14
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I must admit my WD BLACk drives are a little loud, but great performers

My WD BLUE drives are what I would recommend if a little noise bothers you

I have never tried green ones, but I'm sure they're fine
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22 Jan 2010   #15
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It's possible that I just didn't notice the noise because my WD Blacks have been in quiet cases. Antec Sonata II's and Antec P182.
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22 Jan 2010   #16
Venths

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Hi,

I see others have already suggested you a lot. For the HDD, I too would suggest you to get 500 GB or atleast 250. These days 160 or even 250 gets filled up very soon
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22 Jan 2010   #17
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I do think there are quite a number of users who do manage their space very well and don't require lots of space. However, the cost difference between very small (and usually lower performance drives) and higher capacity (higher performance) drives is usually so small...it just doesn't make sense. I mean why spend $59 on a 160GB drive if for a measily $20 more you can get 6x as much space and better performance????
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22 Jan 2010   #18
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

I don't see a power supply unit in your list.

That doesn't look like a demanding list of parts, so you should be fine with a high quality unit in the 400 watt area. Look at Seasonic and Corsair models.

You might consider a modular PSU to avoid cluttering up the interior. They cost a little more. Seasonic and Corsair make modular and non-modular units.

Here is a sane power supply calculator. I couldn't find your exact video card, so substituted the most demanding card I could find (5970). The calculator kicked out 361 watts. I substituted a mid range video card and the number dropped into the mid 200s.

eXtreme Outer Vision - eXtreme tools for computer enthusiasts

Another good PSU brand is Fortron/FSP Group.

Try to get a PSU that is "80 plus" certified. It will be a little more efficient and run in the middle of its power band and might save you a buck or two in operating costs.

Another good case to consider from Antec: the Solo models. Known to suppress noise very well if you prefer quiet.

But the 300 is an excellent basic case.
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22 Jan 2010   #19
CoolioG

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

I'm currently looking at this graphics card. Is it decent? Will I be able to play, say Half Life without any lag or anything?

And, I have chosen this case. I just need to know how powerful of a psu I need. And, which are compatible with my mobo. I'm lookin at this PSU but I just don't know...
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22 Jan 2010   #20
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I would read the 188 customer reviews on your link. Who would know better than them.
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