I very very rarely have the money to buy computer parts, so when I do, I buy
Dos Equis long-lasting parts. My 5-year-old Radeon HD 5770 1GB that I got for $200CDN plays almost all the latest games at near-max settings @ at LEAST 30fps, with some help from my Athlon II X4 620 @2.6ghz.
But my ~8-10 year old WD 500GB HD with 40,000 Power-On-Hours (that's 4.5yrs of being powered-on) is finally starting to show some bad sectors (seven of them). I don't actually know exactly how old it is cause I got it second-hand.
So I just so happen to have $100 to spend on a brand new drive for my PC. Now I'm thinking either a 128GB SSD (they have them below $100 at TD), or equivalently priced HDD. The speed boost of an SSD is nice, but what I really want is lasting value. I've read articles that say both; That lower-end consumer-grade SSDs in my price range last no longer than an equivalent HDD, and that some people are getting 100TB/10 years out of their 840GB SSDs with no end in sight.
So for ~$100, for maximum durability and length-of-life, would I be better off with a cheaper SSD or a typical HDD?