HotHardware Holiday Gift Guide: PC Components - HotHardware

HotHardware Holiday Gift Guide: PC Components

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Storage –


When it comes to storage technology innovation, though hard drive density has scaled exponentially as of late, the performance of SSDs has scaled even more amazingly.  To think only a couple of years ago we were limited by the average desktop hard drive at ~ 100MB/s of bandwidth.  Now top-of-the-line SSDs offer in excess of 500MB/s.  5X ain’t too shabby.  Of course if you consider PCI Express SSD cards hitting in excess of 1.4GB/s, over 10X is downright amazing.  Still, even through hell and high water (literally) hard drives offer the best value if you need bulk storage.  We suggest getting both of course.  Drop that OS on the SSD as a speedy boot drive and commission that 3TB bad boy spinning drive for the rest of your pack-rat needs.  OCZ, Samsung , WD and Seagate will keep you humming along well.  Here’s what we’d suggest.

Solid State Drives:
OCZ Vertex 3  - 120GB: $215, 240GB: $320
Samsung SSD 830 – 128GB:  $229, 256GB: $485
OCZ RevoDrive 3  and X2 PCIe SSD Card – 120GB - $399, 240GB - $575

Hard Drives:
Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB - $329
WD Caviar Black 750GB - $149


Power Supplies –


Shame on you!  You might make the naughty list if you didn’t think of robust, clean power for your build until now.  Rest easy though, we have suggestions that will redeem you.  This is an area where too much of a good thing can almost never hurt you.  You can go all out and budget enough power to afford you copious upgrade headroom or take the midline and just go for top quality power that meets your needs right now.  These days, we like what Corsair and OCZ have to offer at 750Watts to the light-dimming 1200Watt range.

Corsair Gold AX1200/1000/850/750 - $199 (750W) - $320 (1200W)
OCZ Silencer Mk II 750W - $149

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mmmmm... Looking foward to seeing what you guys recommend. I have been wanting to upgrade a little bit. My rig is not terribly old but definitely needs some upgrades

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i am currently in the proccess of buildig my rig so i would really appreciate suggestions o what is in and what will be compatible so my system can survive this years hardware flood.

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wow, ram has certainly come down in price. I would love to see a system with all the top end stuff you guys recommended.

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Finally just caved on the ssd guys. I ordered a 60gb vertex 3 and pyro for me and my girlfriends stockings :) Had to get different kinds to take advantage of different mail in rebates, but after all said and done they are gonna be 80 each. Can't wait

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Nice Collection HH.

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Excellent suggestions. These are the parts that many of us drool over and hope to find under the Christmas tree...

@lifeskills nice going on the SSDs that should really improve your boot times :)

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"The 600T white and the Phantom 410(black) are my favorite, though I don't know if the P410 can accommodate an EATX board. On the RAM side , the Vengeance is looking pretty good."

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The value of the Sandy Bridge is hard to beat for a gamer.

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could not agree more

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great looking mobo's. would be pleased with anything on this list.

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