We're noticing the price of the 1.5Gbps SATA drives are especially close to the 3.0Gbps drives. So if you're lucky enough to have a motherboard which supports SATA 3.0, you're set. It's definitely difficult for us to recommend a 1.5Gbps drive because of the prices being so close, but if that's what your motherboard supports, then your best bang for the buck drive would be the 200GB Maxtor DiamondMax 10 (7200RPM, 8MB cache) [RTPE: 6L200M0] for about $86.00.

We would like to point out that as with our last guide, it seems as though TigerDirect is still running a rebate on the 300GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 [RTPE: ST3300831AS] going for about $95.00 after a $50 MIR.

You may also want to consider the 250GB Western Digital Caviar SE (7200RPM, 8MB cache) [RTPE: WD2500JD] for just about $101.00 shipped, that's about $0.40 per GB.

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  • rrcn - Saturday, November 19, 2005 - link

    Updated. ;-)
  • AtaStrumf - Saturday, November 19, 2005 - link

    I guess this is it. HDD prices have been very stable for quite some time now and it doesn't look like this is going to change anytime soon. Too bad :-( because there's always the need for more storage. I've been hoping to get a 300 GB drive for a while now, but the prices refuse to drop to current 250 GB levels which is as high as I'm willing to go. 250 GB is just not enough of an improvement over my 200 GB drive. I suppose I'll give it another 6 months then.

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