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March 24, 2013 2:09:35 PM

I am going to be taking a lot of videos of gaming very soon. I will probably be using Dxtory to do this (let me know if you have any better ideas). I want to ensure that the in-game recording won't interfere too much with my framerate in game.

From what I've seen, the hard drive is the most important. I only have about 300GB free space on my current drive (I also have a 120GB SSD) and I'm not sure how fast it is. Doesn't matter anyway, cause I'm going to need a lot more space for taking in-game videos. I don't know much about hard drives, so what would be a good thing to go for? Obviously I don't want to pay a lot of money for a non solid state drive. I'm flexible with capacity, so don't be afraid to send some options.

Although I know this isn't storage, are there any other tips that other people recommend for in-game capture? I have a GTX 670 and a i7 950 (stock) with 12GB 1600 RAM. I'll be recording at 1080p on one screen.

Thanks all.
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March 24, 2013 4:43:02 PM

You can try recording to a seperate HDD than you game on/ from but at 1080 I suspect you'll need a dedicated capture card like one of avermedias capture cards.

For an HDD, grab yourself a 2tb 7200rpm. plenty of room and speed.
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March 24, 2013 4:52:14 PM

Another good option is Fraps -- tough Dxtory has more options.

Where are you going to record it; HDD or SSD?

I record my films on the SSD, then I transfer them to the HDD. Recording films into the SSD is much faster than recording them to the HDD.

Mind that both Dxtory and Fraps record fims in AVI files, which are very large, so depend on what you are doing, it is recommended to move the files from the SSD to the HDD, mean while you are recording.

My system is very similar to your -- I have no problem while recording games.
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March 24, 2013 4:55:37 PM

I don't have enough space on my SSD I think. I've been trying Dxtory and it randomly stops my records and doesn't save them...
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March 24, 2013 7:06:46 PM

I figured it out. My storage drive was FAT32, just did a simple conversion. The write speeds on my current drive seem good enough (108MB/s) and I don't think it's very good at all - bought it a long time ago. I think any old 7200RPM will do the trick. One though is that even as I was getting a steady 60FPS in Assassin's Creed 3 and the video writing was a steady 30FPS, it looks slightly laggy in the video. Any thoughts?
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March 25, 2013 4:45:05 AM

Your CPU and GPU are good, but recording films on the HDD is always critical -- try clean up your SSD for space, then record in the SSD.

I had the same problems as you, but now I record it to the SSD I am getting much better results.
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March 25, 2013 6:50:35 AM

Well I recorded a 30 minute video at 720p on medium settings and it took like 40GB :|
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March 25, 2013 6:51:18 AM

What I might do is buy another SSD for more games and record on that, and then just move to my harddrive
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March 25, 2013 10:02:49 AM

Yes, both Dxtory and Fraps use AVI.files which are really large.

If you want to get a SSD, then get one with MLC ('Multi-level Cell') memory, rather than TLC ('Triple-level Cell'), as you will be doing a lot of writings/erase.

SSDs with MLC tech take longer to wear out.
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