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Just a few years ago, a 1GB HD set me back nearly $900

Memory has always been a sticker for Windows upgrades. Each time Microsoft prepares for an OS release, memory and storage companies wait in anticipation because more memory is always required. Industry insiders however, predict that with Windows Vista, memory will not play as big of a role as it has been for the last several years. Instead, storage capacity will be the number one concern.

With HD video, music, and saving broadcasts to disk becoming ever popular, this trend wouldn't be much of a surprise. Hard drives of all types have become extremely affordable and knowing Windows, hard drive capacity requirements will always be high. Despite this, manufacturers are beginning to build systems that offer capacities in excess of 500GB with some systems shipping with over 1TB off the shelf.

In an interview with Voodoo PC, the manufacturer says that it may begin to ship systems with up to 8TB of storage, possibly with a sticker price of $8,000 to $9,000.

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RE: $9,000 or a DVR
By spwrozek on 3/1/2006 5:48:20 PM , Rating: 2
You have to take into consideration that it is still a computer. I had a DVR for a while and you can record and play back and that is about it. The way Voodoo builds PC's I am sure you could realistically be doing a TON more stuff then using it as a DVR. It may sound steep to you but I would bet that, since I am sure it is an HTPC, Voodoo is using its own custom cooling. Most likely water cooled cpu and gpu since you would want the machine to be quiet. It is also in no crappy dell case, You are going to have a great CPU and GPU and MOBO. They do not put crap into their machines. They are going to setup the raid for you. All your programs installed and it will be completely stable. Can you do it cheaper by yourself? Sure, but you have to do that all by yourself and deal with noise and the raid and they give you a year of support.

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