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How hard is it to get a decent gaming PC without breaking the bank? If you go out and buy yourself a pre-assembled name-brand computer, chances are, it won’t be powerful enough to be a viable gaming computer, or you’ll spend a lot more than you would prefer. Essentially, neither of these two possibilities are ideal, and it seems like you have no other options. Maybe if you put it in a little labor into building your own computer, you might be able to find a middle ground where you get decent gaming performance at the right price.

To test this theory, I decided to build a custom gaming rig. The total budget for the entire build? A measly $500. This is a pretty tough challenge, but there’s a reason for it. The main competitor for this build is Alienware’s X51 desktop, which includes a 3.3 GHz Intel Core i3 processor, 6 GB of RAM, a 1 TB hard drive, an 802.11n wireless adapter, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 645 graphics card. The price of the X51 is $699 with Windows 7/8, or $649 if you opt for Ubuntu. While this is a decent price for an entry-level gaming PC, I definitely think that I can do better for less.

We’ll be giving away this custom budget gaming PC, so there’s no reason not to continue reading right until the end then join the giveaway!

Components

For my build, I decided to use the following parts from Amazon:

budget gaming pc

*prices accurate at time of writing.

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Component prices on Amazon fluctuate depending on the vendor, but generally, the total should float around the $500 mark. According to today’s prices, I exceeded my budget by about $4 but at the time of purchase, it only costed $497.

Since this is a custom budget gaming PC build example, I shall explain my reasoning for selecting the aforementioned components:

Rosewill Dual Fans MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case FBM-01: This case was chosen as more of an afterthought, as the case really doesn’t matter as long as it can house the components you picked out. It’s cheap, it’s sturdy, and it’s not terrible looking. It certainly doesn’t scream “gaming”, but if you’re on such a tight budget, that doesn’t quite matter. Cover it with cool stickers if you feel like it.

ASUS M5A78L-M LX PLUS AM3+ AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard: I went with ASUS for the motherboard because I’ve never had any problems with their motherboards and they’re pretty known for reliability (among others, but ASUS is a good choice). This motherboard has everything that I need — AM3+ support for the latest processors, support for up to 8 GB of RAM, a PCI-Express slot, and multiple available SATA ports.

The RAM support is a bit lacking with a maximum of 8 GB and supported speed of 1333 MHz (or 1866 MHz when overclocking), but it’s a sacrifice I had to make. You’re always welcome to overclock the RAM if you’d like, but I enjoy hardware longevity and decided not to enable it as long as I have it. The SATA ports also only go up to 3 Gbps, but that’s fairly irrelevant when it comes to actual gaming performance — it will only affect loading times. On a side note, the motherboard also includes dedicated Radeon graphics that are built onto the motherboard itself, which is nice, but irrelevant since we’ll be using a more powerful dedicated graphics card anyways.

AMD FD6300WMHKBOX FX-6300 6-Core Processor Black Edition: If you’re a computer shopper on a budget, it’s definitely advisable to go with an AMD processor. Although Intel processors generally offer more performance in a CPU What Is the Difference Between An APU, A CPU And A GPU? [MakeUseOf Explains] What Is the Difference Between An APU, A CPU And A GPU? [MakeUseOf Explains] Over the last five or more years, there have been a number of different terms swirling around to describe computer hardware. Some of those terms include but aren’t limited to APU, CPU, and GPU. But... Read More , AMD processors have more bang for the buck 5 Reasons Why Intel Is Being Pushed Against The Wall By AMD 5 Reasons Why Intel Is Being Pushed Against The Wall By AMD Over the years, Intel and AMD have been in quite a battle to bring out the best processors. Eventually a point came where you didn't hear all too much about what AMD was up to,... Read More . With a budget of just $500, we really need to thread carefully so that there’s still enough money to spend on the other vital component — the graphics card.

Originally, I wanted to just get a 4-core processor, but it was pretty much at the same price as this 6-core model, so I just opted for more cores because I didn’t really have to pay more anyway. I didn’t get a more powerful CPU cooling solution because it would have made me go over my budget, plus I don’t plan on overclocking What Is Overclocking, And How It Can Help Your PC, Tablet, & Phone [MakeUseOf Explains] What Is Overclocking, And How It Can Help Your PC, Tablet, & Phone [MakeUseOf Explains] Provided that you have hardware from a manufacturer who understands those principles, you can do plenty to juice up your system, whether it be a computer, tablet, or smartphone. One of the best things you... Read More the CPU. If you plan on overclocking, I’d definitely recommend a bigger fan or a water-cooling solution.

Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHZ 1 GB DDR5 HDMI/DVI-I/DP PCI-Express Graphics Card 11201-17-20G: AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards are pretty much head to head, so I just stuck with a graphics card from AMD because I have plenty of past experience with those. I actually picked the graphics card last, because I wanted to spend as little as possible on the remaining parts, and then spend the rest of the remaining $500 budget on the graphics card. Placing such an emphasis on the graphics card is important because plenty of games today tend to be GPU-limited, so major improvements in the CPU will only yield an extra frame or two per second at best. With approximately $113 dollars left to spend, the Radeon HD 7770 was the best graphics card I could find. Based on the specs that it includes, it’s already better than the Radeon HD 6950 that I use for my own gaming desktop.

Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 500W power supply: Cooler Master is a respected brand for power supplies and cooling, so I gravitated towards their products. With a decent CPU and GPU, I predicted that 500 watts should be more than enough to power the entire system. I could’ve probably gone with a 400 watt power supply without any issues, but I wanted to be completely sure. At just under $45, it’s not a bad price anyways. If you’re unsure about which power supply to get for your custom budget gaming rig, Matt explains everything you need to know about power supplies and how to pick one Power Supplies Explained: How To Pick The Perfect PSU For Your Computer Power Supplies Explained: How To Pick The Perfect PSU For Your Computer Most geeks interested in buying new hardware or building a new system think first of the processor, graphics card and perhaps the hard drive. These components have the most impact on performance, so they are... Read More .

Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB 1333Mhz DDR3 DIMM memory: This set of RAM was the best that I could find that were in line with the motherboard’s specifications. Kingston is a good brand, and the attachments on both sides of each module of RAM helps dissipate heat. The price also wasn’t bad.

Western Digital Green 500 GB 3.5-inch SATA III 64 MB hard drive: I wanted to find a cheap hard drive that would still offer a decent amount of storage. I absolutely love Western Digital hard drives (and absolutely despise Seagate hard drives), so I went with a Green 500 GB. Since loading times are going to be reduced anyways, might as well save some power while we’re at it!

Samsung DVD-RW optical drive: Although it’s becoming increasingly rare to have to use a CD or DVD, I still like to be safe and include one, especially when I have the space in the case to include one. This optical drive is a DVD-RW, so you’ll be able to work with everything except Blu-ray discs. Those optical drives were still rather expensive.

Distinguishing From The Alienware X51

Now that I’ve explained my reasoning for choosing each component, there are a few things to notice that distinguish it from the Alienware X51.

If you’ve noticed, this custom budget gaming PC build does not include a copy of Windows. I did this to reduce the overall cost of the build (Windows licenses can go up to almost $100!) and allow the winner of the build better flexibility when it comes to the operating system. Some people are still on the fence about Windows 8, so offering the option to choose whether they’d like to install Windows 8 or Windows 7 onto the machine is pretty nice. All necessary drivers could be downloaded from the Internet beforehand. Additionally, as Linux has suddenly become a viable gaming platform (hey, Alienware offers multiple models that ship with Ubuntu) you are also free to install a form of Linux onto the system.

The custom budget build ultimately has a better CPU, a better GPU, and more RAM. It has less hard drive storage and lacks a wireless adapter. While 1 TB sounds a lot better than 500 GB, you should still be able to live with 500 GB of storage. Also, the absence of a wireless adapter isn’t a huge issue, as an Ethernet connection is more reliable, generally faster, and more responsive than a wireless configuration anyways.

This custom budget build doesn’t include a monitor, keyboard, or mouse. You still need to buy these yourself. Consider the Logitech G510 gaming keyboard Logitech G510 Gaming Keyboard Review and Giveaway Logitech G510 Gaming Keyboard Review and Giveaway Logitech has long been considered one of the leaders in peripherals for PC gamers. Everything from mice and keyboards to speakers and headsets are available from Logitech. The Logitech G510 keyboard comes with 18 programmable... Read More and the Razer Naga MMO gaming mouse Razer Naga, Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mice Review and Giveaway Razer Naga, Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mice Review and Giveaway Next to a good keyboard, a mouse is one of the most important tools in a PC gamer's toolbox. For some genres, a mouse is even more important than a keyboard. After all, it allows... Read More .

Putting The Custom Budget Gaming PC Build Together

Building the computer is actually pretty easy as long as you know what to do. Here’s a simple guide help get you started.

Remove both panels of the case to give you as much room as possible to work in.

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Screw the metal standoffs into the case in the corresponding holes (the same ones the motherboard ends up using) so that the motherboard won’t be directly touching the side of the case. Place the motherboard on top of the standoffs and screw it in. Make sure that you also have the I/O panel (the back panel where you connect everything) pressed into the back of the panel before screwing in the motherboard. You want the female connectors to be visible and accessible through the holes in the I/O panel.

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Plug in the USB connectors and front panel connectors to the bottom of the motherboard. The included manual for the motherboard will tell you which connectors need to go where.

Install the power supply at the top of the case. Screw it into the back of the case so that it doesn’t move.

custom gaming rig

Connect the 16-pin connector into the motherboard, as well as the 4-pin power connector for the CPU (again, refer to the motherboard manual to locate these).

Install the CPU by placing it into the holder. It can only go one way, so once the CPU “falls” into place, lock it with the lever.

custom gaming pc

Install the CPU fan by removing the plastic from the bottom (careful, thermal paste is applied that needs to go directly onto the CPU!) and place it onto the CPU. There should be braces on the motherboard surrounding the CPU holder where you can lock the fan into place. Connect the CPU fan to the motherboard (see manual).

Install the RAM modules by placing them into the memory holders and pressing down until you hear a click. One side is shorter than the other so pay attention to which way you’re trying to install them.

Install the optical drive and hard drive by placing them into the 3.5″ bays and screwing them into place. Connect both with SATA power and SATA data cables to the motherboard.

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Install the graphics card by fully pressing it into the PCI-Express slot. Screw the back metal plate into the case, and make sure that the 6-pin power connector is attached on the other end of the graphics card to power it fully.

custom budget gaming pc

Switch the power supply in the back to the “on” position, and then press the Power button in the front!

custom budget gaming pc

If everything went well, your computer should be starting now! If not, don’t worry. Just check each component to ensure that you did everything correctly. Make sure that you look at any appropriate manuals or other instruction pamphlets of each component for highly detailed instructions on installation.

We finally have a custom budget gaming desktop that was cheaper to build than to just buy an Alienware X51! I installed Ubuntu as it’s the most common distribution of Linux and the most recommended distro of game developers like Steam. Of course, to make full use of the graphics card, I also installed AMD’s proprietary graphics drivers (to learn how, read Installed Ubuntu on Your Laptop? 6 Tweaks You’ll Need Installed Ubuntu on Your Laptop? 6 Tweaks You'll Need Installed Ubuntu on Your Laptop? 6 Tweaks You'll Need If you've taken the step to install a flavor of Linux such as Ubuntu, congratulations! Generally speaking, your computer is a very usable state right after a fresh installation of Ubuntu, but there are a... Read More ).

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Once I did all that, I installed Team Fortress 2 and Dota 2 via Steam. I also separately installed Urban Terror, another popular game on Linux. The custom budget gaming rig performed very well with these games. The settings for Dota 2 and Urban Terror were set to their maximums and gameplay remained very smooth. Team Fortress 2 also ran without a hitch following the settings recommended by the game — all of which were set to “High” if not the maximums. These results are all very impressive for a computer that costed less than $500.

custom budget build

So, is it worth it to build your own gaming rig? Absolutely! Not only can you save money by not paying the “Alienware” tax (or insert the name of any other brand you’re looking at), but you can set your own budget and ensure that all of the components that you use are of high quality. As you can see, I ended up spending less money for arguably more gaming performance. When buying a preassembled computer, you’re most likely not told what brands they use aside from the CPU and GPU.

How do I win the Custom Budget Gaming PC?

You may enter by submitting your name and email address. You’ll receive one entry simply by doing so.

After that, you’ll also be offered various methods to earn additional entries. They range from sharing a link to this giveaway on social networks; to commenting or visiting a specific page. The more you participate, the higher your chances of winning! You will receive 5 additional entries into the giveaway for every successful referral via your shared links.

This giveaway begins now and ends Friday, August 30. The winner will be selected at random and informed via email.

The Winner

Congratulations, Colleen Boudreau! You would have received an email from jackson@makeuseof.com. Please respond before November 14 to claim your prize. Enquires beyond this date will not be entertained.

Send your products to be reviewed. Contact Jackson Chung for further details.

  1. contact10
    May 28, 2016 at 7:33 am

    I’ve built my own, and it was well below $500. For a similar build pre-built PC, it would’ve cost me upwards of $700. I highly recommend building your own PC, especially if you’re gaming on it, since then you can customize everything with it.

  2. Nana Kofi Owusu
    September 8, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    western digital. the bomb

  3. Joe
    September 4, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    That mobo is going to bottleneck the CPU and the CPU will throttle because the chipset on that specific motherboard is old and not capable of supplying the juice needed to power that CPU. I know this because I had the exact same chipset.

  4. John
    September 2, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Sounds great.

  5. Karan
    August 31, 2013 at 8:25 am

    I always use Western Digital, got about 6 at home

  6. Sebastian Short
    August 30, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Could anybody help me? I have this processor and am basically looking for a version of this motherboard except ATX size with atleast 3 ram slots and atleast 2 pci-e. If it could be asus and basically this but the ATX version that would be perfect but I'm hoping some people on here will be able to help me, thankyou.

  7. prederred user
    August 30, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    looks like a decent build

  8. Paul Lacey
    August 30, 2013 at 11:55 am

    AMD

  9. Tina B
    August 30, 2013 at 11:07 am

    WD

  10. Lorna Cornejo
    August 30, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Western Digital Green 500 GB
    ? cheap
    ? decent storage capacity
    ? power savings

  11. connor
    August 30, 2013 at 12:56 am

    i like the custom better

  12. Peter F
    August 29, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Great ideas!. For even better gaming performance esp. on Windows, cut out the unnecessary bg services & don't overclock the monitor refresh rate

  13. Sekou F
    August 29, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Western Digital

  14. Michael P
    August 29, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    WD I guess, I would have gone with a ssd, but thats not low budget, so.. WD...

    • Trudi Walsh
      August 29, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      Reckon Western Digital is the best

  15. Wilhelm V
    August 29, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Probably the WD, but I'd rather swap for an SSD.

  16. barty
    August 29, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Western Digital

  17. Francois Gallichand
    August 29, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Western Digital, no question.

  18. Brandon
    August 29, 2013 at 3:34 am

    Western Digital

  19. Bryce
    August 29, 2013 at 2:44 am

    WesternDigital ofc

  20. Karen Che
    August 29, 2013 at 1:48 am

    WD def!

  21. Sheila V
    August 28, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Western Digital

  22. Charles
    August 28, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Western Digital FTW!!!

  23. Keith G.
    August 28, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    I'm good with the WD.
    But that wiring job is awful....

  24. Edmund Justin Javier
    August 28, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Western Digital Green 500 GB 3.5-inch SATA III 64 MB hard drive is so cool!

  25. Al C
    August 28, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Western Digital

  26. Donna Doyle
    August 28, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Western Digital Drive

  27. Joel T
    August 28, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    I bought a windows 8 pro disk and was planning to upgarde my pc when it was damaged by an accident.Now all i have is this netbook with a set of cheap older hardware Now I have nothing to play games with.I would love to get this pc.

  28. Joanne
    August 28, 2013 at 3:55 am

    Thanks for the Giveaway! WD is the best

  29. Mary T
    August 28, 2013 at 2:22 am

    Western Digital.
    Thanks for hosting the sweeps!

  30. Ian Johnson
    August 27, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Western Drive Black. :)

  31. Steven R
    August 27, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    crucial hyper x

  32. Uriel J
    August 27, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    WD Blue is best. Less fail rates than Black while being as fast as Black but also a little silent

  33. wS
    August 27, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    A reliable SSD.

  34. patrick
    August 27, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    WD of course

  35. Wendy L
    August 27, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Western Digital

  36. ben
    August 27, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    WD Every Time

  37. Carlos
    August 27, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    lets win this C:!

  38. james adams
    August 27, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    I'd like to win it!1 Great article. Thanks

  39. Angela Mitchell
    August 27, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Everyone seems to be choosing WD

  40. Cindy A
    August 27, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Definitely WD......

  41. Ale B
    August 27, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    WD

  42. Tom W
    August 27, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    The 500GB drive in the review computer would make it easier to back-up the data on it.

  43. Laura G
    August 27, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    WD now

  44. John Hepburn
    August 27, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Great system, my son has been in the market for awhile now for a gaming system. Thanks for posting this.

  45. Robert "Ruedii"
    August 27, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    I recently threw together a budget gaming PC for $310. I reused my existing hard drive, case and power supply. I also got better ram and motherboard (both essential as RAM is the biggest bottleneck on most systems.) I did get a cheaper video card. (I had to go with an nVidia card due to some bugs I've been experiencing in AMD's Linux drivers.)

    If I had to upgrade anything, it would be the video card. The memory is extremely fast, although I can't overclock it as much as I hoped.

    It seems to get errors if I cut the ram timings below the 8-9-9 it is rated for, although I haven't tried pushing the voltage above 1.575 (I'm reluctant to do this as it will shorten it's life span.) I have yet to try reducing the various other timings. I could also try increasing the base clock speed a little.

  46. Richard L.
    August 27, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    I would have to agree on the WD in both aspects of WD vs Seagate and the go green.

  47. Daniel Schmidt
    August 27, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    I always used Western Digital. Never had any trouble with them, since my old 15 gig WD Caviar in 2002.

  48. Jacek M
    August 27, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    WD

  49. antiherodotcom
    August 27, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    WD

  50. lakshay
    August 27, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Western Digital for sure, i trust none other when it comes to drives

  51. Howell W
    August 27, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Western Digital.

  52. kimberley Headford
    August 27, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    WD naturally

  53. Melissa M
    August 27, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Western Digital Green 500 GB 3.5-inch SATA III 64 MB hard drive

  54. Brent C
    August 27, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Always had good luck with Western Digital

  55. Jailall Udan
    August 27, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Seagate Hard Drive

  56. katt3682
    August 27, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    I have not used WD but have a Verbatim hd I love. I'm sure WD is great. Have heard great things about it. Will probably make my next external a WD

    • Robert "Ruedii"
      August 27, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      Verbatim hard drives are just rebranded.

      I'm not sure which company though.

  57. Christian
    August 27, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    For me I think Seagates or mostly other popular hard drive since I'm not familliar with any other drives that had a good or best quality on it.

  58. Pavel Gabriel
    August 27, 2013 at 11:50 am

    can i play guild wars 2? because my dual core can't handle it anymore

  59. Gary Stables
    August 27, 2013 at 11:48 am

    I use a Seagate external hard drive at the minute... never had any problems with it.

  60. Mayur
    August 27, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Western Digital Green 500 GB 3.5-inch SATA III 64 MB

  61. Luis Alberto Scandurra
    August 27, 2013 at 11:04 am

    I prefer a 500GB HDD

  62. Bill M
    August 27, 2013 at 10:36 am

    The WD drive

  63. asim
    August 27, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Both of them are awesome ! I would go with any of em. Thanks for the giveaway !!!

  64. Cherie S
    August 27, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Western Digital drive for sure~~~~

  65. Jeremiah Hosie
    August 27, 2013 at 9:04 am

    western digital makes some great drives, I am definitely going to get one for my next pc

  66. George D
    August 27, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Nice Give away...

  67. Robert Turton
    August 27, 2013 at 8:55 am

    I'd be quite happy with the Western Digital - I tend to use Seagate drives mostly, but i've not had a problem with Western Digital either.

  68. ProfessAndObey
    August 27, 2013 at 8:54 am

    I believe the prompt was a carry over from another giveaway. I still prefer the LaCie drive.

    However, if the question is whether I prefer the custom gaming rig or the Alienware X51, my answer is most certainly the custom rig described above.

    Although, I can't help but wonder if $500 would be better spent on an Xbox One in a few months. An Xbox One would give you additional functionality (Kinect, all-in-one media hub, etc) and hardware that you know will be compatible and supported for the next 7-10 years. The gaming rig would grow more and more obsolete, while the Xbox picks up more unique capabilities after developers start to really take advantage of every Xbox One having a Kinect. Full disclosure I am a controller gamer and don't care about the (slight [IMHO]) graphics boost PCs can have over consoles.

    However, I still would like a shot at winning this PC as my (custom built) PC just died and I have been unable to repair it thus far.

  69. hardik
    August 27, 2013 at 8:38 am

    western digital

  70. Antonio Ruiz Mateos
    August 27, 2013 at 7:56 am

    With a little higher budget (around 600$) it would be nice to add a primary SSD drive and use the WD as storage. But for barely 500 bucks, it's a very decent performer.

  71. Vidit J
    August 27, 2013 at 7:46 am

    I would go for Western Digital Caviar Green 3 TB (sata III). Low idle power consumption and enough storage for all my needs. Its a bit expensive but it beats having to buy another drive tater on. Or I would use the same drive of your config but connect two instead of 1. 1 for my OS and games. Other for all the files. (IN CASE OF CRASH/APOCALYPSE).

  72. Stefan Michiels
    August 27, 2013 at 7:36 am

    WD ofc!

  73. Amir M
    August 27, 2013 at 7:12 am

    WD

  74. Vikram
    August 27, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Western Digital all the way!

  75. Souparno K
    August 27, 2013 at 6:38 am

    Radeon

  76. Basilio SAntos
    August 27, 2013 at 6:35 am

    Western Digital. Good Solid Dependable brand

  77. Robert Nelson Lightle
    August 27, 2013 at 6:30 am

    WD

  78. Robert Nelson Lightle
    August 27, 2013 at 6:28 am

    I could really use the video card.

  79. Anas Yahya
    August 27, 2013 at 5:45 am

    WD without a doubt

  80. Corey Bean
    August 27, 2013 at 5:44 am

    Always been a fan of WD.

  81. alro
    August 27, 2013 at 5:32 am

    Western Digital

  82. Nelvin
    August 27, 2013 at 5:14 am

    Western Digital please.

  83. Christopher B
    August 27, 2013 at 4:58 am

    WD

  84. Thomas Burns
    August 27, 2013 at 4:56 am

    Couldn't get the g+1 entries to effect.

  85. Thomas Burns
    August 27, 2013 at 4:47 am

    WD

  86. Via Dolorosa Sapulete
    August 27, 2013 at 4:47 am

    Of course Western Digital

  87. Thomas Burns
    August 27, 2013 at 4:46 am

    I've never had a problem with Seagate, but I've used more Western Digital drives and since Make Use Of is so adamant....Western Digital.

  88. Akshay
    August 27, 2013 at 4:41 am

    Seaget 500 GB / 1 TB

  89. Sean F
    August 27, 2013 at 4:36 am

    I'm a WD man. Have been since as far back as I can remember.

  90. Dwight L. Stegall
    August 27, 2013 at 4:35 am

    My Asus G74SX Notebook is getting really old and I can't afford a new one.

  91. Paulo Moreira
    August 27, 2013 at 4:25 am

    WD - Western Digital, the best.

  92. alain
    August 27, 2013 at 4:22 am

    it's was the best pc that i can see in this add, and is also the alien ware is the best gaming in town. nice

  93. alain
    August 27, 2013 at 4:21 am

    one of the best is alien ware wow!

  94. jacqui
    August 27, 2013 at 4:20 am

    Wester Digital :)

  95. Fred J
    August 27, 2013 at 4:12 am

    Western Digital is what I've always used when I put a computer together

  96. Ian Huey
    August 27, 2013 at 4:03 am

    I prefer Western Digital HDD for non SSD

  97. rstiller
    August 27, 2013 at 4:03 am

    wd

  98. rstiller
    August 27, 2013 at 4:02 am

    western digital

  99. John P
    August 27, 2013 at 3:58 am

    SSD would be nice but would have put you well over the budget. Very nice combination.

  100. Insaf Khan
    August 27, 2013 at 3:57 am

    Western Digital

  101. Mark Dwyer
    August 27, 2013 at 3:49 am

    Western Digital Green 500 GB 3.5-inch SATA III 64 MB hard drive

  102. Catherine M
    August 27, 2013 at 3:46 am

    going to leave that up to my Hubby

  103. Nicholas R
    August 27, 2013 at 3:46 am

    My PC is dying can I have it? :D

  104. Sharon C
    August 27, 2013 at 3:44 am

    I prefer Western drives over Seagate.

  105. Terry B
    August 27, 2013 at 3:37 am

    WD Black and Raptor series drives

  106. Joe V
    August 27, 2013 at 3:35 am

    western digital green

  107. zhang
    August 26, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    good design, color

  108. Dru Morgan
    August 26, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Last couple of gaming computers have been built out of reclaimed computers from friends and work. A great GPU is almost as important and a CPU now days. Still using around 2 to 3 ghz for most of my fragging. Difference nowadays is the dual and Quad cores CPU's. high risk but you can sometimes get the right board for Legend Micro, but they have horrible customer service and sometimes have boards mislabeled. Really depends on what game your trying to get into.

  109. N.S.
    August 26, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    I prefer Western Digital for its brand name and reputation.

  110. Rob H
    August 26, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Western Digital Green 500 ftw!

  111. Tia Bearden
    August 26, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    I hope i win

  112. Noman F
    August 26, 2013 at 11:08 am

    There is problem .. every time log in and giveaway entries... lot of entry not counted...

  113. Nero S
    August 26, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Samsung is good

  114. Amit J
    August 26, 2013 at 5:31 am

    WD works for me...doesn't give problems in the long run

  115. Jack Q
    August 26, 2013 at 12:17 am

    I like western digital. Never had problems with them.

  116. Natasha S
    August 25, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Western Digital for sure

  117. Srinivas G
    August 25, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    I had a very very bad experience with Seagate. I then bought a WD and it was great. So WD, no doubt.

  118. Mike Baker
    August 25, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    I prefer Western Digital

  119. Rhealyn B
    August 25, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Western Digital Green 500 GB 3.5-inch SATA III 64 MB hard drive - WD products are the best and most trusted for me. ;)

  120. Nero T
    August 25, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    WD is the best, and i'm using a Blue 500GB

  121. Crates
    August 25, 2013 at 6:19 am

    I'm sure you meant to say it only COST you $497.

    http://www.englishforums.com/English/CostVsCosted/gbqdl/post.htm

  122. Jo-Anne Pfoh
    August 25, 2013 at 2:10 am

    wd for sure

  123. Jo-Anne Pfoh
    August 25, 2013 at 2:09 am

    western digital no question

  124. Julian
    August 24, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    the free one

  125. Jim
    August 24, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Western Dig is my fave.

  126. Jim
    August 24, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    I like standard SATA HDDs, but I'm sure the technology for SSDs will improve within the next year.

  127. Gustavo I
    August 24, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    WD or Samnsung

  128. Robert
    August 24, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Yes, WD rox!

  129. Valerie Kay
    August 24, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Western Digital :-)

  130. Mariana Baroiu
    August 24, 2013 at 11:11 am

    WD all the way.

  131. Maria Dragomir
    August 24, 2013 at 11:05 am

    I choose WD

  132. Antonio Baroiu
    August 24, 2013 at 10:59 am

    My choice is Western Digital :)

  133. Alex Seicean
    August 24, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Western Digital Black

  134. Cristina Dragomir
    August 24, 2013 at 10:51 am

    WD is good

  135. Silviu Baroiu
    August 24, 2013 at 10:37 am

    WD

  136. Elena Tanase
    August 24, 2013 at 10:30 am

    I prefer this drive: Western Digital

  137. Madalina
    August 24, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Western Digital

  138. Al
    August 24, 2013 at 10:13 am

    WD I guess

  139. Dragomir Daniel
    August 24, 2013 at 10:11 am

    WD

  140. Cristina M
    August 24, 2013 at 10:10 am

    WD without any doubt!

  141. Brandon
    August 24, 2013 at 6:11 am

    WD? Works for me!

  142. Gustavo D
    August 24, 2013 at 5:12 am

    Western Digital

  143. Joey
    August 24, 2013 at 3:24 am

    Wee

  144. Mahesh K
    August 24, 2013 at 2:11 am

    WD

  145. Deven
    August 23, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    I would recycle an optical drive from somewhere and use the WD along side an SSD.

  146. Akun
    August 23, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Seagate HDD

  147. SR
    August 23, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    HDD

  148. simone lee
    August 23, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Western Digital

  149. Stathis M
    August 23, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    HDD for sure!

  150. Doug
    August 23, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Western Digital FTW

  151. Chona
    August 23, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    WD

  152. Francis Imperial
    August 23, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Absolutely the Western Digital

  153. Db
    August 23, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Western Digital Green 500 GB 3.5-inch SATA III 64 MB. I am also a fan of WD. Good stuff, nice write up Danny.

  154. Victor Perez
    August 23, 2013 at 11:53 am

    WD

  155. Debbie
    August 23, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Western Digital

  156. Bert
    August 23, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Western digital

  157. Fraser Mills
    August 23, 2013 at 5:07 am

    western digital

  158. Trish W
    August 23, 2013 at 5:03 am

    The WD

  159. Dave Hodge
    August 23, 2013 at 4:35 am

    As a Disable Veteran on a very slim fixed budget this would truly be a God send.

    Chappy

  160. David M
    August 23, 2013 at 12:24 am

    WD Black 4TB

  161. Benjamin K
    August 22, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    WD

  162. Todd H
    August 22, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Nice performance for the price

  163. Vitaliy P
    August 22, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Western Digital

  164. Keanu
    August 22, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    The western Digital one

  165. Brad Espinoza
    August 22, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    I prefer the Western Digital.

  166. Bernice
    August 22, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    I would choose Western Digital

  167. Charlz Vic Perez
    August 22, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    WD

  168. Victoria jose
    August 22, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Western Digital

  169. Zyra Anne Perez
    August 22, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Western Digital

  170. Kany Vic Perez
    August 22, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    WD

  171. vladislav
    August 22, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    WD all the way.

  172. Dusan Tomic
    August 22, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Western Digital

  173. Robert B
    August 22, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    WD rules

  174. Paulie
    August 22, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Western Digital hands down =)

  175. sandra
    August 22, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    maybe the Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB 1333Mhz DDR3 DIMM memory

  176. mat
    August 22, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB 1333Mhz DDR3 DIMM memory

  177. jkendal
    August 22, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    I agree with your review - the Western Digital Green 500 GB 3.5-inch SATA III 64 MB hard drive is perfect for this build - I would prefer an inexpensive HD in order to spend more money on graphics, CPU and memory.

    I hope to win it because my current system is over 5 years old now (still running XP) and I'm just getting into photography and I need a machine that can run Photoshop/Lightroom with ease (and play games, of course).

    Thanks, MUO!

  178. Alfred Chan
    August 22, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Western Digital for sure :)

  179. Aditya
    August 22, 2013 at 9:35 am

    I prefer D: drive

  180. Norbert G
    August 22, 2013 at 8:11 am

    why not go with a SSD for the system for example OCZ Vertex 4 64GB, and the WD for the storage ?

    We had a seagate HDD crash at my placy almost 1 TB of date was close to be just a memory, fortunetly we had a RAID 1 configuration, and we replaced the seagate HDD with WD Green 2TB WD20EZRX.

    So... Woo-Hoo go WD! :)

  181. Gill C
    August 22, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Western Digital

  182. Biscos
    August 22, 2013 at 6:49 am

    Western Digital Green 500 GB

  183. Reymond Padriga
    August 22, 2013 at 4:53 am

    I prefer WD drives than any other hard disk on the market. It work's perfectly on me as a photographer who manage and backup thousand of photos.

  184. Allison
    August 22, 2013 at 1:36 am

    I'd go with Western.

  185. paul
    August 22, 2013 at 1:07 am

    western digital

  186. ZD
    August 22, 2013 at 12:49 am

    Looks like a neat build. :-)

  187. Andreas
    August 22, 2013 at 12:31 am

    Western Digital.

  188. OldUncleDick
    August 21, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    This will be perfect if I install Flightgear and go flying (sim-wise) with my grandson, age 7!

  189. Walter G
    August 21, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    Thank you for this giveaway.

  190. KAT
    August 21, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    ALL OF THEM LOOK NICE.

  191. Alan
    August 21, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    I've always preferred western digital drives

  192. jt
    August 21, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    WD ;)

  193. James L
    August 21, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Seems like a good computer.

  194. John N
    August 21, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    I like Seagate...

  195. Brian P
    August 21, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    Always an wd

  196. Jacques P
    August 21, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Western Digital Green 500 GB 3.5-inch SATA III 64 MB hard drive BEcause Western Digital is the best HARD DRIVE company - top quality !.

  197. Sara Friedel
    August 21, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Western Digital >>> Seagate. The only hard drive I have every owned that burned out on me was a Seagate.

  198. Ryan Heatherly
    August 21, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    I've had bad experiences with the WD hard drives, I prefer seagate, + They run at 7,200RPM/

    But I have a feeling this question got copied from the Lacie giveaway, in that case, i Prefer the Lacie Hard drive ! :) And guess what;s inside it? (Seagate) :)

  199. Saltydaddy
    August 21, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    WD 500 gb is cool

  200. Lora Allen
    August 21, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Definitely Western Digital.

  201. Erika Rowe
    August 21, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Western Digital for sure!!

  202. Mesut Yaver
    August 21, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Western Digital Green 500 GB 3.5-inch SATA III 64 MB hard drive. Or Blue version.

  203. Kendrick J
    August 21, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Western Digital!!

  204. Linda K
    August 21, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    WD would be the one for me

  205. Jack G
    August 21, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    I always go with western digital. Never had one fail me and other brands have.

  206. Tom Lenards
    August 21, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    I would love to own this build, please pick me.

  207. Darrell T
    August 21, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Western digital

  208. Darren R
    August 21, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Western Digital

  209. Zane G
    August 21, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    I'd chose WD every time. Simply the best.

  210. Carl D
    August 21, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Western Digital Green 500 GB 3.5-inch SATA III 64 MB hard drive

  211. Ion I
    August 21, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Western Digital

  212. alexoiu liviu
    August 21, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    WD no doubt

  213. chauncey
    August 21, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Western Digital has had my vote for awhile now. The last time I stepped out of my box and went for a Seagate it didn't last 6 months. I'm now running two 1TB WD HD's and one 1.5TB. One of the 1TB's has outlasted the video card from 07'.

  214. Abhijith R
    August 21, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    I really need a n upgrade :(

  215. Jeremy
    August 21, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    I'm not a fan of the Green series harddrives.

  216. Tina
    August 21, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    I like Western D more

  217. jan muriel bretaña
    August 21, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    western digital

  218. Lisa O
    August 21, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    My WD works fine since I got it so that'll be my choice.

  219. Jason Beardsley
    August 21, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    I've used Western Digital my whole life. No reason to go to another brand.

  220. Joseph
    August 21, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    western digital

  221. Christopher H
    August 21, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    7770 - good choice! My computer has two in crossfire.

  222. Mark
    August 21, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    WD for sure!

  223. Chad
    August 21, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Just what I'm looking for, to replace my quickly dying 6 year old pc!

  224. David Birney
    August 21, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Western Digital are the only drives I use, so I have to pick that one.

  225. sandi
    August 21, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Have owned both and WD has never given me a problem.

  226. E Tasi
    August 21, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    I prefer the WD drive.

  227. David Cordero Chavarría
    August 21, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Western Digital for HDDs

  228. Peter Schott
    August 21, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    If I had my choice, I'd love to have an SSD drive as my main boot drive, but for most of my PCs, I've tended to use various Western Digital drives for storage. Which one I get mostly depends on how much money I have available at the time.

  229. Vishnudath
    August 21, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    WD all the time :D

  230. Calin Chiorean
    August 21, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Nice baby, the configuration looks quite promising. If I want to build such PC I need an MB with 3 x PCI slots (don't throw stones, I need the slots for special reasons). Can you give me a similar price MB alternative with 3 x PCI ?

  231. ibrahim
    August 21, 2013 at 11:58 am

    WD best performance with a decent price!

  232. Tony Hogan
    August 21, 2013 at 11:41 am

    WD,Seagate, etc are all about the same now. My biggest gripe - major warranty drops [down to 1-2 years from 3-5]. Has HD manufacturing really gotten that poor? Long live SSD's!

  233. James Cord
    August 21, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Pick ME!

  234. Stephen Cowan
    August 21, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Western Digital HD's are my preference

  235. Thomas O'Brien
    August 21, 2013 at 11:00 am

    WD hands down.

  236. Codrin
    August 21, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Western Digital, of course.

  237. Catalin
    August 21, 2013 at 9:10 am

    WD all the way

  238. Elena Rudaya
    August 21, 2013 at 8:53 am

    I prefer Western Digital Green 500 GB 3.5-inch SATA III 64 MB hard drive

  239. Susan P
    August 21, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Western Digital

  240. Chatinai C
    August 21, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Hmm, I like western digital. I have a western digital "my passport" and love it so much.

  241. Angela
    August 21, 2013 at 7:08 am

    Western Digital

  242. kfir
    August 21, 2013 at 6:45 am

    wd!

  243. Sacha Obado
    August 21, 2013 at 6:17 am

    There is a problem the giveaway widget it is not picking up the google+ clicked activities..

  244. Sacha Obado
    August 21, 2013 at 6:13 am

    i prefer WD. They are one of the best drives out there..

  245. Custodes
    August 21, 2013 at 6:10 am

    WD is where I've seen the best on all the computers I've used. Very reliable.

  246. J Enrique Fernandez
    August 21, 2013 at 6:01 am

    will i win this? i hope i knew the existence of this website long time ago when i needed help building my own pc

  247. Michael Ra
    August 21, 2013 at 5:46 am

    WD.

  248. bogdan mohora
    August 21, 2013 at 5:41 am

    I prefer Western Digital hdds. They are very good.

  249. Alexandru M
    August 21, 2013 at 5:37 am

    Western Digital, no doubt about it! Very nice setup for the budget, good job! Hope to win! :)

  250. Alex Moore
    August 21, 2013 at 5:33 am

    I prefer the Western Digital Green 500 GB 3.5-inch SATA III 64 MB hard drive, as it is a reliable brand, that does its job and nothing more.

  251. Stefan J. Eriksson
    August 21, 2013 at 5:25 am

    I'll go for WD since I have good exp. of them

  252. Joshua N
    August 21, 2013 at 5:23 am

    With SSD's costing much less through specific deals, I would recommend a hybrid drive for optimal performance. Although that is my personal preference, that would be a wise idea considering the size of the HDD.

  253. Mike C
    August 21, 2013 at 5:13 am

    WD 2TB Caviar Black for storage; they're fast, reliable, and sizable. A trifecta.

    For the OS I'd definitely go with a Samsung 840 Pro Series SSD; they're crazy fast, and quite reliable.

  254. Phil N
    August 21, 2013 at 4:57 am

    This Western Digital does sound pretty nice for the price.

  255. Cory Mc
    August 21, 2013 at 4:57 am

    Western Digital all the way. They're making some of the best platter drives on the market lately!

  256. Leah J
    August 21, 2013 at 4:55 am

    I like the western Digital

  257. ari teger
    August 21, 2013 at 4:54 am

    I have never had problems with my WD drives

  258. Michael G
    August 21, 2013 at 4:54 am

    Western Digital

  259. Damion
    August 21, 2013 at 4:47 am

    I like the 1 TB drive.

  260. James G
    August 21, 2013 at 4:36 am

    Western Digital.

  261. Thomas Bowens
    August 21, 2013 at 1:04 am

    Wester Digital :0. They are reliable!

  262. Jack Craig
    August 21, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Western Digital, no doubt

  263. Jeff M
    August 20, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    I've had great service from Western Digital, but recently I became interested in the SSD's that are coming on the market.

  264. Jonathan S
    August 20, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    Gotta second WD for best HDD xD

  265. Dirk M
    August 20, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    western digital

  266. carlos medina
    August 20, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    WD seems fine to me.

  267. Chanapol P
    August 20, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    WD no doubt. SSD can be added later I think.

  268. Lorraine S
    August 20, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    A great article with clear instructions & illustrations that even I couldn't stuff up. Just need to find the spare spondoolies now to buy the components and I'm away with the mixer. Mind you this great website I spend a lot of my spare time on could help me here. The Western Digital Green 500GB 3.5" SATA III 64MB Hard Drive they are giving away is just the bizz. Such a shame this loser's NEVER a winner, I could sure "MAKE USE OF" this prize!!

  269. Bob F
    August 20, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Have had good luck with Hitachi

  270. Mark Martin
    August 20, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    I vote for the Western Digital.

  271. Jayden R
    August 20, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Western Digital is really nice. Samsung tends to have decent HDD's, for me, too.

  272. John Agwazim
    August 20, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Western Digital drive.

  273. David Phok
    August 20, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    WD one =)

  274. David Phok
    August 20, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    WD

  275. Vanessa Rose P
    August 20, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    After reading your review, the drive i do prefer is WD! <3

  276. Vilexistent
    August 20, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    WD in general.

  277. Melmothe
    August 20, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    I prefer a SSd for gaming so if I had my druthers I'd have Kingston’s new HyperX® 3K SSD but I assume for the sake of the extra giveaway entries I'll say a Western Digital Green 500 GB 3.5-inch SATA III 64 MB hard drive:

  278. Junil M
    August 20, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    WD is great

  279. JoePerkins
    August 20, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    WD!

  280. Budi S
    August 20, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Good review

  281. David C
    August 20, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    WD

  282. Phanein
    August 20, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    I like WD, but if I win I'll probably upgrade to a Samsung 840 Pro.

  283. Gabriel R
    August 20, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Western digital is the best: SSDs are good, but so expensive if you want more GBs

  284. Hani A
    August 20, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    what is the name of the monitor ?

  285. Samir Kabir
    August 20, 2013 at 10:36 am

    I prefer Western Digital.

  286. Valentin Barbuleasa
    August 20, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Western Digital.

  287. Steve
    August 20, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Western Digital or Toshiba are the most reliable drives!

  288. Asriel Rusdyawan
    August 20, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Great Gift to have!
    Please kindly to count me in too..

  289. Jaypee C
    August 20, 2013 at 5:39 am

    I'd prefer to have a 1GB WD VelociRaptor on this computer.. .. it must performax! :D

  290. Joseph Mark
    August 20, 2013 at 5:09 am

    WD is the best!

  291. Tom S
    August 20, 2013 at 4:43 am

    Western Digital...all the way :)

  292. Phil H
    August 20, 2013 at 4:09 am

    Western Digital Green 500 GB 3.5-inch SATA III 64 MB hard drive

  293. Stephanie S
    August 20, 2013 at 4:05 am

    Gaming is not my thing - I am a grandma, after all. :) Solitaire, Black Jack and Mah Jongg are my speed and thus I don't need a screaming processor, video card, etc. However, what Danny put together is impressive and doable. I could see my youngest grandson putting this together in a few years. Great info here.

  294. Vic Limbo
    August 20, 2013 at 3:33 am

    Honestly, any brand and capacity at least 500GB will do.

  295. Alex
    August 20, 2013 at 3:10 am

    WD

  296. laurel K.
    August 20, 2013 at 2:39 am

    thanks so much

  297. laurel K.
    August 20, 2013 at 2:38 am

    West Digital is what I have used for replacing hard drive when i have to, thanks shared and tweeted

  298. Mickey Gallardo
    August 20, 2013 at 2:08 am

    After reading our review, which drive do you prefer? The Western Digital drive...

  299. Caroline Morin
    August 20, 2013 at 1:28 am

    Western Digital

  300. Asriel A
    August 20, 2013 at 1:23 am

    I choose Western Digital Green 500 GB 3.5-inch SATA III 64 MB hard drive.
    Nice Choice!

  301. Catherine R
    August 20, 2013 at 12:35 am

    I prefer Western Digital

  302. Elaina
    August 20, 2013 at 12:11 am

    Western Digital

  303. Brenda W
    August 19, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Western Digital

  304. SIMTOWERMAN
    August 19, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    IF I DONT WIN.....CAN I HAVE THE MOUSE PAD???

  305. Elizabeth Matthiesen
    August 19, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    I'd prefer the Western Digital, that's really high quality

  306. May
    August 19, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    I prefer Western Digital

  307. Aivee S
    August 19, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    WD is the most familiar to me

  308. Chris
    August 19, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    I have both WD & Seagate... I don't really have a preference.

  309. Jessie Loo
    August 19, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    WD

  310. Ajith Sen
    August 19, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    WD

  311. Jarrett H
    August 19, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    I would stick with the WD drives.

  312. Chris Lantz
    August 19, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    If I win this computer my son would enjoy it very much!

  313. Timothy Clark
    August 19, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    I gotta say my favorite drive...is? Well, define drive. haha In terms of HDDs I am partial to WD. They have been around since I can remember, and I've never had any horrible problems out of they're products. Although, I've had some trouble in the past with the RAID in my MSI GX660R laptop that I'm currently using, one of the HDDs started going out and it took me sending this thing in to MSI twice before they replaced the failing drive. Long time MSI fan, but when you explain in detail on the RMA what is wrong, and they grant it, the problem should be fixed right away... I guess they thought I didn't know what I was talking about; the first time I got it back they just wiped it and took it back to retail. ha

  314. Mel Caluag
    August 19, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    I prefer the Western Digital drive.

  315. Magic Odd Effect
    August 19, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    I've used both brands of drive, but personally prefer Western Digital for a reason I can't pin down.

  316. SteveMont
    August 19, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Western Digital, of course, is the only way to go for hard drives!

  317. SteveMont
    August 19, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Nice system work-up! I think this would be great to use with my homebuilt Flight Simulator...

  318. WayneW
    August 19, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Never knowingly used a Western so Seagate

  319. Eugene Y
    August 19, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    WD for sure

  320. Tim
    August 19, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    500GB is more than enough. If I was planning to store movies and music and whatever else I download from the internet, the 1TB drive might be a better option. Solely for gaming purposes, I don't see the need for that extra 500GB.

  321. Gheorghe
    August 19, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    The best HDD - WD

  322. Irwin
    August 19, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    wd for me

  323. Joel G
    August 19, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Western Digital for a regular HDD is the way to go. The WD Green line up is a known good one.

  324. Tom
    August 19, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Western Digital!

  325. Meredith J
    August 19, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Western Digital

  326. Jason McDonald
    August 19, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    WD for sure

  327. Gord Harmatiuk
    August 19, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Nice prize. It would be great to win this.

  328. Mario Guerreiro
    August 19, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Western Digital. :)

  329. Ryan W
    August 19, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    I wouldn't have gone with a green drive -- a smaller drive or a few bucks more for a traditional one would make a lot of difference w/ load times.

  330. Mark Daniel Y
    August 19, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    The 3TB MyBook I got after price match and discount.

  331. Sagar
    August 19, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    WD is THE BEST

  332. robert
    August 19, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    western digital

  333. brian
    August 19, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    WD...tried true. On occassion Seagate for sure.

  334. Joshua Andersen
    August 19, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    I have not noticed much difference between western Digital drives or Seagate.

  335. LiamHP
    August 19, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    WD has always been good to me. Nice looking machine.

  336. Raymond Richards
    August 19, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    WD

  337. Antonio
    August 19, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    As long as they don't use Maxtor I'm happy... I usually go with Seagate, but WD is good as well.

  338. Scott Thomas
    August 19, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    I've always used WD.

  339. Kristy M.
    August 19, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Western Digital

  340. Dmitriy S
    August 19, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Western Digital

  341. Jogsee
    August 19, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I think WD is better than the others. I have used it and its good.

  342. Taylor H
    August 19, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Western Digital Green 500 GB 3.5-inch SATA III 64 MB hard drive

  343. mike
    August 19, 2013 at 11:27 am

    WD Green drive is awesome

  344. Cristian B
    August 19, 2013 at 11:26 am

    WD is the best!

  345. Mishaal F
    August 19, 2013 at 10:51 am

    westren digital

  346. Linda F
    August 19, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Western Digital Green 500 GB 3.5-inch SATA III 64 MB hard drive

  347. John Sheffield
    August 19, 2013 at 10:05 am

    I like WD too, but I also prefer Sata 6

  348. Delvin V
    August 19, 2013 at 8:26 am

    I would have gone for SSD, as this is a gaming pc and i dont need that much space.

  349. Joan C
    August 19, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Western Digital Green 500 GB 3.5-inch SATA III 64 MB hard drive

  350. Brandon D
    August 19, 2013 at 7:41 am

    Western Digital for sure!

  351. Alan
    August 19, 2013 at 5:47 am

    The HD

  352. Mark A
    August 19, 2013 at 5:27 am

    WD

  353. innkeeper
    August 19, 2013 at 5:09 am

    I been using Western Digital for years, Seagate can keep their product.

  354. Thor Nankivel
    August 19, 2013 at 4:41 am

    WD

  355. Jaafarlaila H
    August 19, 2013 at 4:40 am

    I've never used any other hard drive other than Western Digital. I've had no problems with them dependable HD's. I am a loyal fan of WD! :)

  356. Cam
    August 19, 2013 at 4:24 am

    WD

  357. Kris M
    August 19, 2013 at 3:55 am

    Western Digital

  358. Cathy C
    August 19, 2013 at 3:55 am

    Western Digital sounds good to me I have had no problems with their products to date.

  359. Jason Keene
    August 19, 2013 at 3:46 am

    Which drive do I prefer? Well, I've never had bad luck with Western Digital drives. Nice and reliable, easy on the wallet. (censored version, just in case the other comment didn't make it through moderation) lol

  360. Jason Keene
    August 19, 2013 at 3:45 am

    Which drive do I prefer? Well, I've never had bad luck with Western Digital drives. Nice and reliable, easy on the wallet.

    Beyond that... the answer is sex drive. I prefer a good sex drive. (sorry but I couldn't help myself)

  361. Regina S
    August 19, 2013 at 3:26 am

    WD

  362. Gaurav Bhargava
    August 19, 2013 at 2:00 am

    I prefer WD as I have been using it without any issues.

  363. Ashik
    August 19, 2013 at 1:05 am

    Would love this PC as never realized in that budget price one could put together a gaming PC. I have a spare Win7 Pro 64Bit OS and can be used easily with this PC.

  364. Gladis Pacheco
    August 19, 2013 at 12:32 am

    WD is the best

  365. Valery Ramirez
    August 18, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    I prefer de 1 TB HDD

  366. Joe P
    August 18, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    "I absolutely despise seagate". WD of course

  367. Matthew O
    August 18, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    A tTB drive is great and all but personally I'm not much of a video pack rat so I wouldn't max out a 500GB very quickly with just music and games for the most part.

  368. Eric G.
    August 18, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Hope i can win this one, my laptop cant handle new games...

  369. Donald C
    August 18, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Honestly the drive chosen - Western Digital green 500GB drive, works fine for me?

  370. Alexandru Rusu
    August 18, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Western Digital

  371. Luis A Ramos Jr
    August 18, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    I prefer SSD hard drive - no moving parts

  372. Syb V
    August 18, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    WD, for sure!

  373. Allen Applegarth
    August 18, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    They are all about the same now... But I prefer Western Digital.

  374. Bill
    August 18, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    WD is fine

  375. Cricet Jean G
    August 18, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    the "WD" for sure!!

  376. Zuhayer
    August 18, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Western Digital

  377. JDH
    August 18, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    I also want to say kudos for the step-by-step and all the photos and information you put out with this. My son has really been wanting a computer like this for awhile. And your information and photos helped me to understand what he is talking about, and you gave me alot of tips for buying the items. Just wanted to say a really big Thanks! I am new to the site, guess you can tell. But even the comments have helped,so thanks commenters also. I will not be entering the drawing, I am not that much into linking around on the net, but hey, I'm new so hopefully I'll get better. Thanks everyone!

  378. Steve R
    August 18, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    WD drives are the way to go. Maybe also add a Samsung SSD to boot up the OS fast.

  379. Kimberly M
    August 18, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Western Digital

  380. Chris Roberts
    August 18, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    I tend to favor the Western Digitals. They have always been reliable. Knock on wood.

  381. debra s
    August 18, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Well, I suppose I would take the Western Digital SATA drive. I have read other good things bout them too!

  382. Rajat K
    August 18, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    I prefer Western Digital. :)

  383. Noman F
    August 18, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    WD is much better than segatee

  384. Dragos-Silviu Bora
    August 18, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Western Digital

  385. hardy perry moore
    August 18, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    would be using this to trade forex. the graphics and speed are what is important to me.

  386. A&L
    August 18, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Would be real nice to have, my pc is 6 yrs old

  387. Ann Robinson
    August 18, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Western Digital

  388. Patrick C
    August 18, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    I don't really know much about drives so yeah.

  389. Nancy B
    August 18, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    my pc's always have had Western Digital, never a problem!

  390. robm
    August 18, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    What keyboard is that in your final photo?

  391. Carole S
    August 18, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Western Digital Green 500 GB 3.5-inch SATA

  392. John
    August 18, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    My first WD drive was a Cavier 340MB, loved it

  393. Braeden
    August 18, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    i prefer the WD

  394. Scott Haw
    August 18, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    WD

  395. Patrick Piklapp
    August 18, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Your question of what drive I prefer after reading your review is moot, as I prefer my WD 1t drive.

  396. marquis p
    August 18, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    For what it's being use for in this build WD was the best choice

  397. Arie W
    August 18, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    i'm using Seagate now, never tried WD, all is well as long as the drive works well :)

  398. Sumit Chillal
    August 18, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Its speed & performance

  399. Michael Healy
    August 18, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Western Digital all the way.

  400. OnALowBudget
    August 18, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Would love to play with this! Better than anything I've ever bought or built! Awesome job (and giveaway)!

  401. Paskal
    August 18, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Western Digital, sure

  402. OnALowBudget
    August 18, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Would luv to play w/this! It's gonna' work better than anything I've ever owned or built! Nice giveaway too.

  403. Rosie C
    August 18, 2013 at 9:33 am

    WD Green series HDD is good..

  404. Boon Ping A
    August 18, 2013 at 9:28 am

    WD!

  405. jan donne
    August 18, 2013 at 9:26 am

    i would select a hdd from western digital bleu 500gb 3.5-inch sata 3

  406. Kenzie M
    August 18, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Western Digital all the way!

  407. trudie
    August 18, 2013 at 8:16 am

    wd ftw!

  408. Bhuvan
    August 18, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Western Digital

  409. Lesia
    August 18, 2013 at 7:56 am

    I've had a WD green 500GB in my computer for a few years now and cannot fault it. Great drive!!!
    Thanks :)

  410. Florian
    August 18, 2013 at 7:16 am

    I prefer the Western Digital hdd.

  411. Dorothy H
    August 18, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Samsung DVD-RW optical drive... only because no one else picked this drive.

  412. Mike G
    August 18, 2013 at 7:00 am

    I too absolutely love Western Digital hard drives, however,
    With a budget of just $500, we really need to thread carefully !
    "thread" Really?

  413. Mike G
    August 18, 2013 at 7:00 am

    I too absolutely love Western Digital hard drives, however,
    With a budget of just $500, we really need to thread carefully !
    "thread" Really?

  414. Mitch Graves
    August 18, 2013 at 6:20 am

    Western Digital. Yup.

  415. Gabriela
    August 18, 2013 at 5:57 am

    WD.

  416. Todd W
    August 18, 2013 at 5:34 am

    Western Digital are good drives.

  417. Gina F
    August 18, 2013 at 5:25 am

    I prefer the Western Digital.

  418. Mike Boston
    August 18, 2013 at 5:12 am

    Had two Western Digital drives clap out on me in the last six months. Seagate Rules!

  419. Thomas Wentzel
    August 18, 2013 at 5:09 am

    "a computer that costed less than $500." The word is "cost" not costed. There is no past tense of cost.

  420. Erwin V
    August 18, 2013 at 5:01 am

    I like the WD Green drive. Using less power in components as much as possible is something I prefer to do.

  421. preferreduser
    August 18, 2013 at 4:54 am

    WD red\ or blue . Greens generally read/write a little slower

  422. preferreduser
    August 18, 2013 at 4:53 am

    WD Red or Blue Greens R/W a little slower generally

  423. Godel
    August 18, 2013 at 4:50 am

    Your assembly instructions make no mention of using antistatic protection when installing the CPU and the RAM. That can result in blown components before you ever switch it on.

    What's with all the WD fanboi comments? I'd suspect paid astro-turfing if I thought WD could be bothered in these circumstances.

  424. Wayne
    August 18, 2013 at 4:21 am

    Here's hoping

  425. Charles M
    August 18, 2013 at 4:19 am

    I like Western digital 1 terabyte and Velociraptors.

  426. Charles
    August 18, 2013 at 4:14 am

    I enjoyed your article. My next build wild be similar, I have built 3 $1000 dollar machines. The building is fun, but I won't waste funds on an over spec machine again. My needs are simple and I think it will be just as much fun to build machines for $500 to $600, and there is a greater demand for the lower cost machines.

  427. Sampath S
    August 18, 2013 at 4:14 am

    I would prefer HDD later i would like to replace it with SSD

  428. dave n
    August 18, 2013 at 4:02 am

    Western Digital for me

  429. Mohd Farhan
    August 18, 2013 at 3:56 am

    Western Digital drive is always my choice. Caviar Black 1TB would be great.

  430. Moazzam N
    August 18, 2013 at 3:51 am

    Seagate

  431. Beh H
    August 18, 2013 at 3:35 am

    Western Digital, I used it from long time ago and it doesn't have much problem so far.

  432. Terri W
    August 18, 2013 at 3:21 am

    Western Digital for me

  433. ron
    August 18, 2013 at 3:17 am

    I haven't been able to load the "new and improved" giveaway app for something like a month now. It's a real bummer. I tried to follow the instructions but nothing has worked so far in both FF 22 and IE 10

  434. Yedavilli S
    August 18, 2013 at 3:08 am

    wd

  435. Dave Wells
    August 18, 2013 at 2:34 am

    Isn't that question for a previous giveaway?

  436. Gary H
    August 18, 2013 at 2:32 am

    Not enough HDs to judge. I'll go with Western Digital.

  437. Kathy K
    August 18, 2013 at 2:28 am

    Western Digital

  438. rod
    August 18, 2013 at 2:24 am

    WD

  439. Joe Anderson
    August 18, 2013 at 2:20 am

    Woiuld be nice to win and give my old computer to the kids. lol

  440. Colin Ripley
    August 18, 2013 at 2:12 am

    I have had good luck with Seagate, but heard good things about WD.

  441. Tjeng-Bo Lie
    August 18, 2013 at 1:46 am

    Western Digital

  442. Laureen M
    August 18, 2013 at 1:45 am

    Western Digital

  443. Michael M
    August 18, 2013 at 1:16 am

    WD I think my Seagate external drive is bogging me down somehow.

  444. Minta B
    August 18, 2013 at 1:14 am

    Western Digital

  445. Graham R
    August 18, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Fujitsu please

  446. Marceline L
    August 18, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Western Digital Green 500 GB 3.5-inch SATA III 64 MB hard drive.

  447. Rupert
    August 17, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    I like Western Digital most of all.

  448. Jomar
    August 17, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    I like WD

  449. Kelley Giffen
    August 17, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    A green Western Digital? That's for the win, for sure.

  450. JC
    August 17, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Western Digital

  451. Darrell Bowman
    August 17, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    I live with 500GB now, it would do the job and would be much cheaper.

  452. Bryan M
    August 17, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    I prefer the 500GB drive, as it is free.

  453. Anonymous
    August 17, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Every WD drive I've had has died after a short time, so... not WD.

  454. Amanvir
    August 17, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Much prefer the WD drives, always more reliable and a wide range for different people, e.g high performance or on a budget, something for everyone

  455. Tammy L
    August 17, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Western Digital.100% proven and tested for years. Awesome prize!

  456. Kenneth
    August 17, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    I prefer Seagate drives

  457. Al Chou
    August 17, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    WD

  458. Bart Boryczko
    August 17, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    I have the WD 2TB Black hdd in my gaming system. Definitely recommend over the Green one, if you have enough money in your budget.

  459. Mr.Dave
    August 17, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Nice build, great explanation, thanks. If I don't win maybe I can follow in your footsteps later on....

  460. Robert Nelson
    August 17, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Hopefuly AMD is doing a better pinning process on there CPU's. Last time I tried to build my own, pins where broken during the seating of the CPU process. My suggestion for any and all who care to attempt building there own go for a package with a Motherboard and CPU installed on it .

  461. Effe
    August 17, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Let's win

  462. P.F. Bruns
    August 17, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    I would have gone with an SSD, even though it would have added to the build cost, but the Samsung DVD-RW suits me fine for opticals.

  463. LD Page
    August 17, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Totally agree: WD a resounding "yes;" Seagate a resounding "no."

  464. Debbie B
    August 17, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Western Digital

  465. Roger Senra
    August 17, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Western Digital, sata 3 drive.

  466. Brian P
    August 17, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    I would never use WD Green ever again

  467. Don Ellis
    August 17, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Like WD, not sure about Green, but might be ok for this app.

  468. Ruben M
    August 17, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    The hard drive mentioned in this article is most likely the WD5000AZRX. Taking into account that this drive operates between 5000~5400 RPM (not bad for normal usage like web browsing, office applications, etc) it isn't the 'best' choice for gaming or any 'heavy duty' application.

    I own WD, Seagate, Fujitsu hard drives and after working in IT for almost 15 years I have to say that all mentioned brands (and others) have had their fails in a couple of hard drive models. I usually pick my HD's as I need them and depending on the usage I will be putting them through.

  469. Sandy
    August 17, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Western Digital!

  470. Paul S
    August 17, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Which drive? I don't really care!

  471. Larry J
    August 17, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Western Digital

  472. jmatzen
    August 17, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Sounds like what I need!

  473. Rick H
    August 17, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    would love to play with this great toy

  474. ying
    August 17, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    WD. All of our external hard drives are WD (we have about 8 in my family). Haven't had a chance to test if they've failed. Never had Seagate yet.

  475. ying
    August 17, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    thank you for sharing. Building a computer doesn't seem that intimidating after reading your blog.
    Good luck to all

  476. LorenR
    August 17, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Samsung Spinpoint

  477. Stefan S
    August 17, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Seagate

  478. Vladimir V
    August 17, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    I have a Western Digital Myself, but I like a little more space.

  479. Amanda
    August 17, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    I love the personal touch of the WD and enjoy that the stats can be so great for so cheap....inspirational!

  480. John Lo
    August 17, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    i need a new one.

  481. Olga S
    August 17, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    WD

  482. Ismael R
    August 17, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    I think I can stick to their choice of drives. I have a terabyte external drive that I use for backups anyway.

  483. Prakash P
    August 17, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Thanks danny awesome mid budget build for gaming as well as day to fay use.

  484. Colleen B
    August 17, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Western Digital.

  485. Joe Tully
    August 17, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    It seems like process is with in reason for almost anyone. Thanks for the idea.

  486. Jaime Brown
    August 17, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    I would like the Western Digital one thank yo:)

  487. Kim Mace
    August 17, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    After reading our review, which drive do you prefer? Western Digital.

  488. Ryan S
    August 17, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    I generally go with WD, but Seagate drives are fine too..

  489. Gord
    August 17, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Like you I only like Western Digital, Seagate are garbage!

  490. Hani
    August 17, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Great article. What is the name of the monitor?

  491. Nick W
    August 17, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Never had any problem with Western Digital.

  492. Anthony J
    August 17, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    I just don't know how you can call it a gaming PC with some of the components you selected.

  493. Srivatsan V
    August 17, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    WD definitely.

  494. David E
    August 17, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    western digital

  495. Randy Blake
    August 17, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Bye the bye, when it tells me to +1 no button comes up, followed link and +1 there doesn't count...Just letting you know :-)

  496. Jon T
    August 17, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    I've always liked Western Digital,

  497. Randy Blake
    August 17, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Nice rig, I would use Western digital too.

  498. Mike B
    August 17, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Yes! WD!

  499. ROBERT CORFIELD
    August 17, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    wd

  500. Nicole
    August 17, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    I've only used Seagate, but am interested in WD.

  501. Rick M
    August 17, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    I use only Western Digital drives

  502. Ben
    August 17, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    WD is one of the best HDD brands out there, in my opinion. An SSD would be nice for it, later on.

  503. Jim Reliand
    August 17, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Ssd

  504. Ian
    August 17, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    I prefer Western Digital, but I have quite a few Seagates that have stood the test of time!

  505. Benjamin J. Benson
    August 17, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    It'd be dumb not to get 1tb at this point in time because 500gb seagate HDDs cost like, 50 dollars. While recently the WD caviar blue 1tb costs about 60 dollars or 55 on sale on newegg.com. Saw a great deal on it recently

  506. Osama J
    August 17, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Your components total cost $495.68 now !

  507. Venkat
    August 17, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Seagate has been good for a long time. I would go with that!

  508. Manuel O
    August 17, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    WD Hands down! I've had a couple of WD drives and they've never let me down.

  509. Dan V
    August 17, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    WD definitely

  510. Marion W
    August 17, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Western Digital for me :)

  511. Jose Antonio L
    August 17, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    WD 4ever

  512. vincent lin
    August 17, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    i will guard it with my life if i get it love it best gaming desktop!!

  513. Aleksandra H
    August 17, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    WD

  514. Jarod
    August 17, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    WD 500 GB

  515. Chad Westcott
    August 17, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Western Digital

  516. Sean G
    August 17, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Western Digital

  517. Evan B
    August 17, 2013 at 11:28 am

    WD is a good drive. I owned a Maxtor drive in '05 then Seagate aquired them, it started making the ill-fated clicking noise. I own a WD Black now, still running strong.

  518. Luigi
    August 17, 2013 at 11:15 am

    ocz vertex 4

  519. Esz Z
    August 17, 2013 at 10:58 am

    I would like to have a WD drive, for sure.

  520. Boris B
    August 17, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Western Digital

  521. Carmela
    August 17, 2013 at 10:29 am

    i prefer Western Digital

  522. Giuseppe
    August 17, 2013 at 10:24 am

    WD without no doubt

  523. Silvia
    August 17, 2013 at 10:23 am

    WD, the best

  524. Claudio
    August 17, 2013 at 10:21 am

    WD for sure

  525. Hamid S
    August 17, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Western Digital

  526. Eibert D
    August 17, 2013 at 9:20 am

    WD rules

  527. Ken Xia
    August 17, 2013 at 9:02 am

    WD

  528. cristi
    August 17, 2013 at 8:42 am

    western digital

  529. Eugene
    August 17, 2013 at 8:23 am

    WD is the only drive I use.

  530. Josef C
    August 17, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Western Digital for sure!

  531. Rohit Shukla
    August 17, 2013 at 7:48 am

    I am currently using seagate. But i am fed up with seagate. These seagate drives are not of good quality.
    I have portable WD harddisk and its works good. Now, i am planning to replace seagate with WD very soon.

    WD is the best because my many friends use it.

  532. nachiketa
    August 17, 2013 at 7:43 am

    western digital

  533. Richard Q
    August 17, 2013 at 6:19 am

    WD

  534. Loenja S
    August 17, 2013 at 6:17 am

    WD is a reputed brand, when it comes to HDDS dont mess about with unbranded nonsense...
    WD all the way

  535. Michalis I
    August 17, 2013 at 6:09 am

    Western Digital

  536. Choon K
    August 17, 2013 at 5:53 am

    WD is always better.

  537. Nikos T
    August 17, 2013 at 5:31 am

    The Western Digital drive of course.

  538. Olamie
    August 17, 2013 at 5:27 am

    WB is very lite. I love it

  539. Morrison
    August 17, 2013 at 5:25 am

    Had the least amount of problems with HD drives, so this is what I would prefer.

  540. Georgiana D
    August 17, 2013 at 5:13 am

    Western Digital Green 500 GB

  541. Pam P
    August 17, 2013 at 5:01 am

    Western Digital seems to be the winner :)

  542. Nguyen Hoai Phuong
    August 17, 2013 at 4:58 am

    Western Digital Red series would be first my choice! :)

  543. Matthew D
    August 17, 2013 at 4:39 am

    WD all the way

  544. Jason Legacy
    August 17, 2013 at 4:23 am

    Haven't had any issues with my Scandisk SSD. Rock Solid and love it!!!

  545. Aaron
    August 17, 2013 at 4:03 am

    Same as yours

  546. Chris Hii
    August 17, 2013 at 3:49 am

    WD

  547. Loren S
    August 17, 2013 at 3:17 am

    WD is your friend

  548. Elaine S
    August 17, 2013 at 3:09 am

    WD

  549. Muhammad Hadi N
    August 17, 2013 at 3:06 am

    After reading our review, which drive do you prefer?

    Actually I prefer Seagate to run OS. For the WD Green, I choose it to be a storage for my movie, song, picture and software. Maybe Momentus XT is the better one. For 500GB, the price at Amazon just $69.99.

  550. Aditya Nath Jha
    August 17, 2013 at 3:01 am

    I like both western digital and seagate and never face problems with any of them!

  551. Nguyen H
    August 17, 2013 at 2:58 am

    WD!

  552. Wanda Tracey
    August 17, 2013 at 2:56 am

    I like Western Digital.

  553. jerome burks
    August 17, 2013 at 2:54 am

    Nice simple Steam box. New hardware is always fun.

  554. Michael Gottschall
    August 17, 2013 at 2:41 am

    Western Digital Green 500 GB 3.5-inch SATA III 64 MB hard drive

  555. Regiana P
    August 17, 2013 at 2:32 am

    WD and no other :)

  556. Noel G
    August 17, 2013 at 2:27 am

    I prefer WD. I have turnes my old laptop WD HDD into an external drive. after pulling out the cable while its running still no problem. WD is the best

  557. Timothy
    August 17, 2013 at 2:24 am

    WD but prefer to go with the Black or Red versions rather than the Green or Blue versions.

  558. William Scarlett
    August 17, 2013 at 2:22 am

    I prefer Western Digital

  559. kevin bedford
    August 17, 2013 at 2:20 am

    awesome job on the gaming computer I would love to be the lucky winner.

  560. Peter H
    August 17, 2013 at 2:19 am

    Western Digital Green 500 GB 3.5-inch SATA III 64 MB hard drive

  561. Andrew L
    August 17, 2013 at 2:19 am

    I prefer to have an SSD in addition to the hard drive. I don't have a preference for brands.

  562. Juan Paulo Ducut
    August 17, 2013 at 2:18 am

    I prefer Western Digital Green 500 GB HDD

  563. Megh
    August 17, 2013 at 2:15 am

    Western Digital Green, and yes almost everyone despises Seagate.

  564. Robert Carrick
    August 17, 2013 at 2:13 am

    Since there's only one HDD discussed, and theoretically you can do without an optical drive. You're forcing me to choose the WD Green. I don't like the green drives because of the low RPMs. If this is a gaming rig with only 8gb of memory, there's going to be paging to virtual memory going on all the time, and a faster drive would be needed for smooth play. For $15 more, I'd go with this one: http://www.amazon.com/Black-500-Desktop-Hard-Drive/dp/B008968L6M/ref=sr_1_1

  565. Judy Thomas
    August 17, 2013 at 2:11 am

    WD !

  566. German
    August 17, 2013 at 1:59 am

    Well, I've never heard about Western Digital , but it looks a really nice and it has got a lot of fans.

  567. Daniel I
    August 17, 2013 at 1:59 am

    I've always used Seagate drives...more so out of familiarity rather than preference. The WD drive does sound good though...

  568. Peter Hall
    August 17, 2013 at 1:56 am

    Not bad, good job setting it up and for a decent price. Not getting this at Futureshop anytime soon.

  569. Kristine Bridget Rangel
    August 17, 2013 at 1:55 am

    WD is the best!

  570. John Sevaldsen
    August 17, 2013 at 1:52 am

    Western Digital is great, never had a problem with it.

  571. Tim Bain
    August 17, 2013 at 1:42 am

    WD. I've always loved them.

  572. Subhro
    August 17, 2013 at 1:16 am

    Looks really nice.

  573. Muhammad S
    August 17, 2013 at 1:16 am

    WD! XD

  574. Steve B
    August 17, 2013 at 1:13 am

    The Western Digital

  575. Madhukar Kedlaya
    August 17, 2013 at 1:09 am

    I want one!

  576. Jerry Montgomery
    August 17, 2013 at 1:03 am

    yes that is only hardware add win 8 and the other software easy be 2 to 3 hundred more :) so no its not just 500.00

  577. cw
    August 17, 2013 at 1:01 am

    Always preferred WD drives.

  578. Paul B
    August 17, 2013 at 1:00 am

    Western Digital -- I trust them with my data a lot more.

  579. Víctor O
    August 17, 2013 at 12:59 am

    Western Digital... and Samsung

  580. harley
    August 17, 2013 at 12:56 am

    would be sweet if i won i want to replace my old desktop

  581. JeffEmbree
    August 17, 2013 at 12:54 am

    I like both drives.

  582. Louis Davidson
    August 17, 2013 at 12:53 am

    WD

  583. Mark A
    August 17, 2013 at 12:50 am

    western digital green 500

  584. Will N
    August 17, 2013 at 12:46 am

    I prefer Western Digital

  585. john mckenzie
    August 17, 2013 at 12:44 am

    WD,it's hard to beat :)

  586. Reggie B
    August 17, 2013 at 12:43 am

    I've usually purchased a Seagate drive/

  587. fRANK
    August 17, 2013 at 12:42 am

    I LIKE THE WESTERN DIGITAL

  588. Tim Torrence
    August 17, 2013 at 12:38 am

    Always Western Digital.

  589. Tenley H
    August 17, 2013 at 12:38 am

    Western Digital!

  590. Melissa H
    August 17, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Western Digital Green 500 GB 3.5-inch SATA III 64 MB hard drive:

  591. Rita F
    August 17, 2013 at 12:35 am

    WD

  592. Glenn G
    August 17, 2013 at 12:03 am

    Western digital.

  593. Robert
    August 16, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    WD for sure...

  594. Adam B
    August 16, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    I'd go with the WD.

  595. Dihutswane Mosienyane
    August 16, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Western Digital

  596. Ramona
    August 16, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Western Digital

  597. Ryan
    August 16, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    WD for me.

  598. James
    August 16, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Western Digital all the way. Always reliable, unlike the seagate drives.

  599. Subbrilliant
    August 16, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    After reading our review, which drive do you prefer?

    Western Digital. When given a choice, (replacement drives, new builds, etc.), I've never used any other brand and have had no issues.

  600. Pravas
    August 16, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    I'm using WD both as my internal and external drive.

  601. Dandy P
    August 16, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Western Digital Green 500 GB 3.5-inch SATA III 64 MB hard drive

  602. Anthony
    August 16, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    WD always seem reliable for me

  603. Rishi G
    August 16, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    WD!

  604. Xenios K
    August 16, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Well, I prefer an SSD. I have a server for my serious storage needs ;-)

  605. Diana
    August 16, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    WD

  606. Sean a.
    August 16, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Western Digital: Awesome HDD manufacturer I still have a functioning (albeit slowly) 256mb WD HDD that was in my 386 many moons ago, mean while I've lost both Seagates I've ever had to dead controller boards in very short order (both about 1.5-2 years out)

  607. Jennifer B
    August 16, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Western Digital

  608. Elizabeth K
    August 16, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    WD their reputation is very good

  609. JT
    August 16, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    WD Green 500 GB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, SATA III, 64 MB hard drive!

  610. bryan
    August 16, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    west digital

  611. robert john amanse
    August 16, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    WD. Hope I win....i never win...

  612. Faith Hamby
    August 16, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    I'd go with the suggested drive if it had a 1 TB option. I'm around 500 now and find I could start using the extra storage.

  613. Kenneth M
    August 16, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Like the giveaway . Like to win

  614. Alexander B
    August 16, 2013 at 11:45 am

    WD

  615. John S
    August 16, 2013 at 11:28 am

    I definitely like WD drives. This one is nice: Western Digital RE4 1000GB 7200rpm SATA 3

  616. vasil
    August 16, 2013 at 10:39 am

    WD is definetely better than Seagate i had a Seagate in my first pc..worst choice ever. WD is a bit costy but definetely worth the money

  617. Malcolm
    August 16, 2013 at 10:39 am

    I would like to have this giveaway as i am a software engineer as well i am a gamer too and like to play games a lot , so this pc would be ideal for me

  618. Victor M
    August 16, 2013 at 10:33 am

    The graphics card. :))

  619. Shiraz Kayani
    August 16, 2013 at 10:29 am

    i like it.
    question is to justin pot
    Is is on windows 8?

  620. Karl
    August 16, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Western Digital

  621. Karen Koziczkowski
    August 16, 2013 at 10:15 am

    WD = Best

  622. John C
    August 16, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Western Digital always, for me.

  623. Ascalion
    August 16, 2013 at 9:42 am

    I don't particularly like any of the brands haha; I would've gone with a Samsung Pro SSD!

  624. Adly A
    August 16, 2013 at 9:40 am

    I will go with your choice, Western Digital.

  625. Ramsey H
    August 16, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Western Digital for sure

  626. Hackzor
    August 16, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Cable management-LuLz. I will rebuild it myself when I win it.

  627. Milos D
    August 16, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Toshiba!

  628. Jayson T
    August 16, 2013 at 8:55 am

    WD

  629. Christopher Christian Cosingan
    August 16, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Western Digital the coolest!!!

  630. Kevan
    August 16, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Seagate is another, but I still prefer WD!

  631. Eugenia N
    August 16, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Western Digital

  632. Gauravdeep Singh Bansal
    August 16, 2013 at 6:46 am

    Western Digital

  633. James MacKay
    August 16, 2013 at 6:33 am

    Western Digital. But i'd go for this one:http://www.amazon.com/WD-Blue-Desktop-Hard-Drive/dp/B0088PUEPK/

  634. ib
    August 16, 2013 at 5:51 am

    I would go for an SSD

  635. Mandip Das
    August 16, 2013 at 5:25 am

    Western Digital Green 500 GB 3.5-inch SATA III 64 MB hard drive

  636. KR
    August 16, 2013 at 5:21 am

    I prefer the The Western Digital Green 500Gb. Not a lot of storage, but the reliability of a WD trumps space.

  637. Nagesh
    August 16, 2013 at 5:10 am

    I prefer Seagate 500GB drive.

  638. Dan D
    August 16, 2013 at 5:06 am

    WD has been the most reliable of late. It used to be Maxtor then Seagate but sticking with WD for now.

  639. Louis W
    August 16, 2013 at 5:02 am

    Western Digital of course

  640. Vernon Albaladejo
    August 16, 2013 at 4:45 am

    I would prefer a 10k rpm drive which is either 500 or 250 Gb

  641. Va D
    August 16, 2013 at 4:44 am

    Western Digital. But most likely I will go Raid 0 with 2 SSD instead and use the 500gb as storage and backup.

  642. Nirmal Shah
    August 16, 2013 at 4:29 am

    I too like Western Digital drives they've always proven to be of the best quality... Awesome giveaway btw!!

  643. Mike G
    August 16, 2013 at 4:25 am

    WD, if you please....

  644. Hiew Y
    August 16, 2013 at 4:25 am

    WD

  645. Donnie
    August 16, 2013 at 4:24 am

    WD Caviar Black.

  646. Nikita Belov
    August 16, 2013 at 4:05 am

    Western Digital is the best of th best

  647. Austin B
    August 16, 2013 at 3:15 am

    I'd go with the Western Digital Green 500 GB 3.5-inch SATA III 64 MB hard drive.

  648. Daryl B
    August 16, 2013 at 3:11 am

    Western Digital, of course.

  649. John Ingram
    August 16, 2013 at 3:10 am

    WD

  650. Rudy Rusmin
    August 16, 2013 at 3:08 am

    Wd is the brand i trust in harddrive

  651. Rudy Rusmin
    August 16, 2013 at 3:07 am

    Wd is the brand i trust for harddrive

  652. David Hughes
    August 16, 2013 at 2:37 am

    I've heard that WD is a decent brand. I'd probably stick the way you guys went.

  653. Matt
    August 16, 2013 at 2:10 am

    Western Digital 500. Use enough cloud space that I don't really need a bigger drive anyway.

  654. Janelle C
    August 16, 2013 at 1:46 am

    Western Digital is the best, though the others are pretty good in their own ways. WD is more of like a jack of all trades kind of drive.

  655. Jay
    August 16, 2013 at 1:12 am

    WD Caviar Green is my personal preference

  656. Tim B
    August 16, 2013 at 12:53 am

    WD for me

  657. Richard K
    August 16, 2013 at 12:49 am

    Seagate

  658. Aaron A
    August 16, 2013 at 12:37 am

    Western Digital. Tried and tested.

  659. Tiago R
    August 16, 2013 at 12:12 am

    Western digital

  660. Sheldon
    August 16, 2013 at 12:10 am

    Western Digital

  661. Ryan
    August 16, 2013 at 12:01 am

    WD just becuz.

  662. Cliff H
    August 15, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    Any WD

  663. Olivertwist
    August 15, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    what about newer games. whats the performance?

  664. Jaffa Vickery
    August 15, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    WD does make good drives, but would be nice to see a SSD for a main OS drive.

  665. Ravuama N
    August 15, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    nice

  666. James D
    August 15, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    WD is good quality

  667. Dario Steckley
    August 15, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    After reading our review, which drive do you prefer? I prefer the drive in this setup.

  668. Jay Dela Cruz
    August 15, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    I prefer the Western Digital Green 500 GB 3.5-inch SATA III 64 MB hard drive

  669. Daniel D
    August 15, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    western digital

  670. JC Rutz
    August 15, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    dont matter

  671. Lee
    August 15, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    I like the WD 500gb drive.

  672. John C
    August 15, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    I would say a larger cap hdd from wd's raptor line would be nicer but eco-gamers ftw so caviar green is decent.

  673. toomyzoom
    August 15, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Look good for a folding machine.

  674. Howell
    August 15, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Western Digital

  675. Tomas P
    August 15, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Any drive that works ;-)

  676. Ciprian N
    August 15, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Western Digital!

  677. Eric
    August 15, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Western Digital has always served me well.

  678. p true
    August 15, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    fantastic competition well worth having a go - get on

  679. Raul Jara
    August 15, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Western Digital of course

  680. qwerty
    August 15, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Wd

  681. Shyam
    August 15, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    WD

  682. adam lewandowski
    August 15, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    western digital is the best drive

  683. Micha? F
    August 15, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Western Digital is great, though i prefer ssd + WD Red for my builds but thats totally out of budget

  684. Doc
    August 15, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    WD drives are really good...I've owned a dozen or more, and very few died even after years of abuse.
    While this is a decent rig, I'd prefer a Haswell CPU (faster) and a Blu-Ray burner (they're around $65 now), and an Optiarc (Sony/NEC) DVD burner (my Philips Blu-Ray burner doesn't like DVD+R DL discs for some reason; a firmware update will probably fix that).

  685. Matt
    August 15, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    WD!

  686. Anthony
    August 15, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Western Digital

  687. givesuccess
    August 15, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    I built similar for my son but it had xfx hd7850 and amd 6100 6 core. 600w ps and 16g 1600mhz ddr3 memory. I hid my wires better even tho they cant be seen but my son has been know to open it and show it off.

    It played ALL our pc games at highest setting. He was smiling big when he first tried it out and found out he can now play at highest settings. His friends come over to watch and wish they had...lol... Nice article

  688. ikki
    August 15, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    i always use Western Digital

  689. Kenneth T
    August 15, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    seagate

  690. Jitendra A
    August 15, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Western Digital as always :)

  691. Paul K
    August 15, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    western digital

  692. sicil
    August 15, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Western Digital!

  693. Hal J
    August 15, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Western Digital Green 500 GB 3.5-inch SATA III 64 MB hard drive

  694. Boris
    August 15, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    WD!

  695. Denis K
    August 15, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    WD, isn't it obvious?

  696. lache claude
    August 15, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    I need the device.

  697. Scott Honyoust
    August 15, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Western Digital is all I have used and still use.

  698. Jeff
    August 15, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    i've never had a hard drive crash on me and I wouldn't hesitate to use a WD drive as I've had many of them in the past. So I can't say I prefer one brand over another at this time though winning this system would tip the scales nicely in WD's favor. :D

  699. Frank V
    August 15, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    I would also go for WD

  700. Chris
    August 15, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    WD!

  701. Diane
    August 15, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    I'm not sure. I'm pretty sure I've had different HDs over the years, and never had any problems with any.

    Although, completing entries for some of the G+ stuff was impossible - doing the required +1 for entry wasn't counting or advancing to a next entry, so I missed out on 2 entries here.

  702. James Runkle
    August 15, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    I'm hardly knowledgeable about such things, so I'd favor whatever a qualified expert recommends at any specific time I'm going to be in the market for a hard drive.

  703. Carolyn B
    August 15, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    WD is good but so are some of the others!

  704. Tomasz J
    August 15, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    I prefer SSD drive.

  705. Carolyn B
    August 15, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    I would love to own this awesome desktop computer.Looks like you did a good job building it!

  706. William Walker
    August 15, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Western Digital is a great choice , Toshiba's good as well ! I prefer Win 7 over 8 but Ubuntu or Red Hat are great shareware OS's... then Unix & Free BSD ;)

  707. Sameer Manas
    August 15, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Seagate !

  708. Dominic P
    August 15, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Western Digital

  709. Gregory Buhler
    August 15, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Western Digital all the way.

  710. Cates D
    August 15, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Western Digital

  711. Boet W
    August 15, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    WD

  712. Andrew Cusworth
    August 15, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    WD green 500GB

  713. Eugenie Wu
    August 15, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Western Digital

  714. Alex
    August 15, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Seagate for me.

  715. Ishon
    August 15, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Western Digital, absolutely - fantastic quality drive.

  716. Aleksandr C
    August 15, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Western Digital is very good for me!

  717. Jie
    August 15, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Western Digital

  718. Kelly B
    August 15, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    WD by far! Seagate drives have let me down in the past.

  719. Pedro Antonio J
    August 15, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Western Digital

  720. Vjosan Boraj
    August 15, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    WD is the best.

  721. Eric B
    August 15, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    I have a Seagate external drive that I've been using for a while and never had any problems with it, not sure what's in my laptops but I'd be willing to give WD a try.

  722. Tai Yen Gee
    August 15, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Any Western Digital drive will do!

  723. Rephael Catap
    August 15, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Western Digital 500GB seems about right :D

  724. Mark Graham
    August 15, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    wd is preferred but green of good for storage, go for ssd until you get green for storage

  725. Ameya Nadkarni
    August 15, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Seagate

  726. Jared Turner
    August 15, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    I've never had problems with either...Hitachi on the other hand...

  727. Viviana R
    August 15, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Western Digital for me is the best!

  728. Brett H
    August 15, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    I prefer the WD.

  729. Hemant V
    August 15, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Western Digital, name is enough!

  730. Jatin S
    August 15, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    i prefer wd drives

  731. fulltext
    August 15, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    I'd spring for the WD Blue for a few bucks more

  732. Jay
    August 15, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Western Digital

  733. IApprove
    August 15, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Western Digital

  734. Marcelo
    August 15, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Western Digital.

  735. Amber M
    August 15, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Western Digital

  736. Gary Gabor
    August 15, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    I'd put a 1Tb drive in the machine. It's only about $9 more and doubles the storage space.

  737. Amanda
    August 15, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    wd

  738. Yong
    August 15, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    WD

  739. Pspuri S
    August 15, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    WD is the only drive I would prefer over any other!!!

  740. Prabhdeep S
    August 15, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    WD everytime !!!

  741. Travis F
    August 15, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    I do love the WDs

  742. Kevin Cruz
    August 15, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    The Western Digital is a great budget pick, but I'd consider a possible SSD upgrade for faster load times. Under 500 dollars, I'm incredibly impressed!

  743. Ruben G
    August 15, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Western Digital but I'm not very picky when it comes to hdd.

  744. Mihir C
    August 15, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    WD it is

  745. Christopher M
    August 15, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    The Green 500GB, that is a grerat trade off for CPU, GPU & RAM +'s.

  746. andrea
    August 15, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    WD is simple the best

  747. Paolo P
    August 15, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Western Digital!

  748. Jonas E
    August 15, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    WD

  749. Haci
    August 15, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Western Digital

  750. byte
    August 15, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Wow what a nice contest!

  751. Paul-kristjan A
    August 15, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    I prefer the Western Digital Green 500 GB 3.5-inch SATA III 64 MB hard drive.

  752. Brady Wallace
    August 15, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    I prefer the 500 GB Western Digital drive.

  753. Ezra
    August 15, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Whichever is cheaper.

  754. ClaudeM
    August 15, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    1 TB Seagate drive sounds right

  755. Joshua
    August 15, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    I really like WD drives too. They're definitely worth it for the money.

  756. Aaron Clifford (@EgoAnt)
    August 15, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    I don't really have much of a WD vs Seagate preference, personally. I'd probably use something like this as a Steambox, so I might go with a smaller drive that was an SSD to cut down load times.

  757. Michael B
    August 15, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    All of my previous drives have been Western Digital and they haven't failed me yet.

  758. Toby Jones
    August 15, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Oh, I misunderstood the question.
    I prefer WD drives, I've never had a good experience with Seagate. My backup drive by Seagate inexplicably died and wouldn't even be recognized by three different PCs. WD have been rock solid reliable for years.

  759. Toby Jones
    August 15, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    I prefer the custom build since I can mix and match, plus it won't melt, set my house on fire or cause apocalyptic circumstances to occur, as is an inherent problem with Alienware products.

  760. Huzefa Shakir
    August 15, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    This one for sure!

  761. Jon Morgan-parker
    August 15, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    I don't stand much of a chance of winning, but here goes ! lol

  762. Mahesh Kumar
    August 15, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    would love to winit

  763. Do hoon
    August 15, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    I like WD too!

  764. Carlos M
    August 15, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    I prefer Western Digital

  765. Amber H
    August 15, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Western Digital!

  766. vanja
    August 15, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    samsung

  767. Renee
    August 15, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Western Digital sounds great to me

  768. FAISAL
    August 15, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I WANT SATA 500GB

  769. Rullyzam
    August 15, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Always use Western Didital..!!

  770. Elisabetta S
    August 15, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Western digital

  771. Mike Faubert
    August 15, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    I prefer the Western Digital Green 500 GB 3.5-inch SATA III 64 MB hard drive.

  772. Jimmy Naidoo
    August 15, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Western Digital

  773. Steve
    August 15, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    WD drive for me! Ps: I solved the entry problem by logging back in.

  774. kris
    August 15, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    WD

  775. Jasmin
    August 15, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Western Digital :) Thumbs up.

  776. Matthew U
    August 15, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Good build but disagree about WD!
    I have a computer that has had a 250gb seagate in for 6 years and I just bought a wd blue 1tb and it failed within a week.
    Doesn't mean I am not entering this though!

  777. Chaz B
    August 15, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    I prefer Western Digital. It's quality.

  778. Cora R
    August 15, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Western Digital.

  779. Prakash N
    August 15, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Western Digital is the best

  780. Janelle S
    August 15, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    That's interesting, I've only ever had problems with WD drives, and prefer Seagate! xD

  781. Ron M
    August 15, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Western Digital Green 500 GB

  782. Josh G
    August 15, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    All-wheel drive. ;)

  783. Pavels
    August 15, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Western digital drives are OK with me, also an SSD would be a nice addition indeed.

  784. Robert
    August 15, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    I like the WD drives

  785. Falcon1986
    August 15, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Western Digital gets my vote.

  786. Brian Harris
    August 15, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    I prefer Western Digital.

  787. Antonio Iacobone
    August 15, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Western digital for me!

  788. Ed P
    August 15, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    A Western Digital Drive is 'da bomb'! Been using it for 8 years and counting!

  789. SJ
    August 15, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Help! My browser messed up after entering and circling on google plus - and now I can't see the referral links (just empty forms). Q: is there any way to get those extra referral entries, without entering again here?

  790. Daniel T
    August 15, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Western Digital Green 500 GB 3.5-inch SATA III

  791. Nathan T
    August 15, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    WD for me :)

  792. Guido Zecckine III
    August 15, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Western Digital Green 500 GB 3.5-inch SATA III 64 MB hard drive, for sure!

  793. nick
    August 15, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    wd

  794. Atos Portosov
    August 15, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    WD is my favourite one.

  795. Besian C
    August 15, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    definitely WD products

  796. Ahmed K
    August 15, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Western Digtal lovin dat BIG CASHE

  797. David Harlow
    August 15, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    WD, quite possibly the best around.

  798. Daniel Tapia
    August 15, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Seagate... Reliable :) I blast mine and it still works perfectly.

  799. Sammer A
    August 15, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    this custom budget gaming PC

  800. Rok V
    August 15, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    I prefer Western Digital drives, no doubt about it.

  801. Praveen Kumar
    August 15, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Western Digital

  802. Luís F
    August 15, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    WD as usual.

  803. susan
    August 15, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Western Digital

  804. Andrey Filkin
    August 15, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    good computer

  805. deb mathews
    August 15, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Western digital hands down.

  806. Tariq Aftab
    August 15, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    WD

  807. Julie Gonzales
    August 15, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    WD for me

  808. Jurmy C
    August 15, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    WD!

  809. Steve
    August 15, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    WD is a great drive, but I have also had good luck with Seagate and Maxtor.

  810. Daniel J
    August 15, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    I would go with a WD Blue drive or a Seagate drive

  811. Joseph Costlow
    August 15, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Honestly, I think the differences are so small that most people wouldn't notice.

  812. Aravind S
    August 15, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    obviously WD

  813. Jacky C
    August 15, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    I rather create my own, Saves me Money!!

  814. Paul
    August 15, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    I prefer Western Digital drives too - over the years I've had the least amount of failures with WD vs other brands.

  815. Christian A
    August 15, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Everything looks goo. I really want to have this. WD is a trusted brand so i'll choose it.

  816. Ed
    August 15, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    When working for a computer manufacturer a few years back, I noticed many more RMAs on WD drives than Seagate. That being said, I have personally had no problems with either. I am leaning towards Seagate as preferred over WD.

    Long time ago before IBM sold their HD division to Hitachi, I absolutely loved IBM hard drives.

  817. Sarah Collett
    August 15, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    It has to be western digital. Performance and reliability.

  818. Naveen MV
    August 15, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Western Digital

  819. MIke M
    August 15, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Kingston SSD. Mostly out of habit.

  820. Greg Perry
    August 15, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    WD is the bestone to go with.

  821. Jason P
    August 15, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Western Digital is one of the best makers, because of their performance. I've used Seagate in the past, but had a riddle of problems of the drive crashing a year later. However, it could've been bad luck. But, I like both brands, it's just Western Digital, I believe, is better for the sake of my experience.

  822. Florence
    August 15, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Definitely the Western Digital. I'm a fan.

  823. Victor B
    August 15, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Western Digital

  824. Curtis
    August 15, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    WD. they never die.

  825. Adrian
    August 15, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    The Western Digital drive

  826. frdo25
    August 15, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Western Digital - Never any problems

  827. Deepanshu Sharma
    August 15, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    of course the one you used because i want it (actually the whole rig)

  828. Dan
    August 15, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    i want to win

  829. Jordan
    August 15, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Strange, using Seagate for quite sometime, never given me any trouble (the SATA-II variants of HDD), currently having bad sector problems with a 2.5 WD Caviar Blue Sata drive on an ACER Aspire One Netbook. . .

  830. Rofus Dela Cruz
    August 15, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Western Digital FTW

  831. Patrick S
    August 15, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Western Digital has always been a great company. I would chose that drive.

  832. Ion P
    August 15, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    WD

  833. Michael S
    August 15, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Western Digital

  834. Andrew
    August 15, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Most of my HDD have been WD. But I have used Seagate Perpendicular Drives in the past as well.

  835. Tate S
    August 15, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    WD... and will always be :D

  836. Ilya Bes
    August 15, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    WD

  837. Suyanto L
    August 15, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    WD

  838. delenn13
    August 15, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    This would really be nice to win..but I won't..Never do.

  839. Pedro Oliva
    August 15, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    great! i hope to win :D

  840. Allan Empalmado
    August 15, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Western Digital :)

  841. Arnold Plakolli
    August 15, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    I prefer this drive Western Digital Green 500 GB 3.5-inch SATA III 64 MB hard drive .

  842. Arnold Plakolli
    August 15, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    I prefer this drive Western Digital Green 500 GB 3.5-inch SATA III 64 MB hard drive .

  843. Moyeen
    August 15, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Hi Prefer SSD drive over HDD...atleast 100+GB of SSD for OS and apps.

  844. Bruce willke
    August 15, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    WD. Hands down

  845. Mark Joseph Cordero
    August 15, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Western Digital is right on the money.

  846. Andrew H
    August 15, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Western Digital. Very reliable product.

  847. James
    August 15, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    I like WD drives because of reliability and value for money.

  848. Cheridene B
    August 15, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Western Digital

  849. Alex Chapin
    August 15, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    The Western Digital drive.

  850. Sue Kaddoura
    August 15, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I NEED this so much :)

  851. Jenny House
    August 15, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Western Digital.

  852. Chip
    August 15, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    The WD sounds pretty good to me too

  853. Drew Lebauer
    August 15, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    I'd got with the 500 GB green drive mentioned. I've gone years on the same 125 GB hard drive and only recently begun come close to full. 5oo GB would give me 4x that space. And I do like WD. They've been around, as a company, a very long time, and I'm not too fond of Seagate.

  854. Haravind Kumar
    August 15, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Western Digital Green 500 GB 3.5-inch SATA III 64 MB hard drive

  855. MattB5
    August 15, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    I'd prefer a reasonably sized SSD for the OS & main programs. Then a large drive for media and storage.

  856. Koshy G
    August 15, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    I didn't read it

  857. carmas
    August 15, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    My choice is Western Digital

  858. Dave R
    August 15, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    First of nice build, well presented and great pictures showing each step. The case is not the best but looks quite well, the rig did everything that you wanted and more. The only upgrades I would do is a side fan and at a later date a SSD for a bit more speed. Not had any luck with the MUO giveaways so hoping that will change so count me in & thanks for the chance. Nice one.

  859. Eric
    August 15, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Western Digital FTW

  860. German Lopez
    August 15, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    WD all the way. All my current drives are WD and they've never let me down.

  861. Dox
    August 15, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    WD!

  862. Muhammad Uzair
    August 15, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Amazing PC

  863. Darrell T
    August 15, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    post shared and commented thanks

  864. Milan
    August 15, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Western Digital

  865. Laura N
    August 15, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    WD for sure!

  866. kramvin
    August 15, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Western Digital..100% proven and tested throughout the years...

  867. Adi P
    August 15, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Western Digital no doubt, and good upgrade would probably be their new disk, solid state hybrid drive :D