I'm building my first PC for 5 years, for general use and also for photo-editing in Photoshop (with large files). Cooling will be totally passive: Core i7 3770 processor with passive cooler, Seasonic Platinum Fanless PSU and Nofan CS-80 case. Storage is the only outstanding design issue.
I've ruled out having an NAS, and my current thoughts are to have 3 internal drives:
- a Plextor PX-256M5P SSD for system files, programs and general data
- a 500 GB - 1Tb HDD of some kind (Caviar Green?) for storing images
- a 1Tb - 2Tb HDD (again Caviar Green?) for the continuous backup of the other 2 drives (supplemented by periodic off-line backups)
I'm finding the reliability figures for modern HDDs (and particularly for the Caviar Green HDDs) very disappointing, and am struggling find a drive that strikes a good balance between reliability, performance and speed.
It seems counterintuitive, but I'm wondering whether a 750GB Seagate Momentus XT (ST750LX003) would be preferable to a Caviar Green - particularly since the system is to be passively cooled. I know that for this application the SSD element of the drive will be of little benefit, but the general specifications are very good, and reliability is repoted to be excellent. I haven't been able to find information or benchmarks to provide a direct comparison - all the reviews now seem to be for SSDs, and not for HDDs - but the following comparisons make me think that it's not that crazy an idea:_______________
I would be grateful for any thoughts in general, and any information on how the performance of the Seagate would compare with that of the Caviar Green.