This article is part of Newb Computer Build’s “How to: Build a Gaming PC” guides to choosing your PC hardware for your Gaming PC builds. Here, you will find out how to choose a hard drive for your Gaming PC Build. Choosing a hard drive is one of the less complicated pieces of hardware to choose when building your own gaming pc, but there are a few terms you should be aware of, as well as a few factors you may want to keep in mind when purchasing a new hard drive.
In this article I will start off by describing what exactly a Hard Drive is, followed by the terms you should be familiar with when browsing for a new hard drive, and concluding with a few steps you should follow while looking for a new hard drive.
What is a “Hard Drive”
The Hard Drive acts as a storage device for your computer that can read and write data. So basically a hard drive stores all of your files, games, programs etc. Hard Drives can be found in any number of devices such as mobile phones, and laptops, however here we are interested in choosing a hard drive for our gaming pc. You can purchase hard drives in a number of different sizes, and which size you purchase will be totally up to you depending on how much you will be storing on your gaming pc (how many games, videos, music, pictures and files in general). As well there are different types of hard drives, hard drive speeds, and hard drive interfaces that you will also want to keep in mind. So lets take a look at some terms you should be familiar with.
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How to: Choose a Hard Drive for Your Gaming PC Build
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Whenever one decides to start picking new hardware for a PC build, the most important deciding factor of everything in the build boils down to what CPU is chosen. Therefore it is generally a good idea to do your research with respect to what’s available, and trying to get the most value for your money spent.
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Benchmarks: Over 350 000 CPUs/Video Cards/Hard Drives/Systems Benchmarked
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With the Intel Core i3-540 costing roughly $105, it can be a great processor for a solid gaming build. This processor beats out the Athlon II X3 445. If you want a higher clock rate for about $15 dollars more, then I would suggest going with the Intel core i3 – 550.
The GeForce GTS 450 graphics card comes in at around $120, and is by far a great card for its price range. You should get a great performance of 16 80×1050 resolution in most games, and 1920×1200 with lower game details. (If you want to get a slightly better graphics cards for a slightly slightly higher prices, consider the other cards in the “Budget Yielding Alternatives” section below)
With the Athlon X3 450 3.2GHZ costing roughly $89.00, you cannot go wrong with this triple core, high clock rate (lot’s of room for overclocking) processor. This processor should allow most modern games to play well, at decent settings.
The Radeon HD 4650 graphics card at its very low price point of approximately $50 is great starting graphics card for gaming. You should get a great performance of 1280×1024 resolution in most games, and 1680×1050 with lower game details. (If you want to get a slightly better graphics cards for a slightly slightly higher prices, consider the other cards in the “Budget Yielding Alternatives” section below)The Asus M4N68T-M Micro ATX AMD Motherboard includes 2×240 pin memory slots allowing up to a maximum of 8GB of DDR3 memory. A built in Audio chipset allowing 8 channels of sound, and 3 x USB connectors (6 ports).
Here I will lay out a simple gaming build utilizing the Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz Quad-Core Processor and as the NVidia GeForce GTX 460 graphics cards are cheaper now, I will be using these as well.
Build 1: $750 @ Amazon
Intel Core i5 750 Processor 2.66 GHz 8 MB LGA1156 CPU I5-750BOX
2. Power Supply Unit (P.S.U):
OCZ OCZ600MXSP ModXStream Pro 600 Watt Power Supply
3. Computer Case:
Cooler Master RC-310-BWN1-GP Elite 310 ATX, MATX Mid Tower Case with Window (Black/Blue)
4. A MotherBoard:
MSI LGA1156/Intel H55/4DDR3-2133(OC)/ATI CrossFire /GbE/HDMI/DVI/VGA/1394/eSATA ATX Motherboard H55-GD65
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