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May 16, 2013 1:29:01 PM

Hello,
I recently upgraded my motherboard and CPU and had to resort to Ubuntu for a bit, thanks to Windows giving two fingers to my upgrades. Now though, I have Windows 7 Ultimate and I'm ready to reinstall.

However, I don't think that there is much point installing it on my SATA2 drive. I'm planning on upgrading to a HD7870 in the nee future, but I'm unsure what to do now.

Option A) Get a 500GB Seagate Momentus Hybrid Drive for my booting, files and lower end games like Sims 3 and FSX, then get a true SSD in the future for the higher end games.

Option B) Get a 128GB SSD now.

I don't need blistering performance for my boot, just something faster than my SATA-II.

Best Regards
Luke

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May 16, 2013 1:37:36 PM

I'd go for a standard (but good qual) HDD, and buy a dedicated SSD later.
You can get a decent 120GB SSD for cheap now...add a 1 TB Caviar Black for your media and youre set.


Answer B, IMHO :) 
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May 16, 2013 1:37:43 PM

Get a 120 GB SSD for Windows and some basic programs and add another mechanical hard drive for storage and games.
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May 16, 2013 1:38:02 PM

128gd is a "real" ssd last i checked.

a 32/64gb ssd is mostly a boot drive. once you get over 100gb i think you can safely call it a real drive.

I mean i've got 2 40gb HDs in RAID 0 atm to make a 80gb boot drive... i'm not even using 40gb of it atm. (and there is a game on it)

i'm not sure what programs people are loading onto their systems, but in my experience, unless you're dl'ing movies and tv series, you won't really need more then 250gb of hard drive space... ever.
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May 16, 2013 1:50:26 PM

toddybody said:
I'd go for a standard (but good qual) HDD, and buy a dedicated SSD later.
You can get a decent 120GB SSD for cheap now...add a 1 TB Caviar Black for your media and youre set.


Answer B, IMHO :) 


Thanks for the advice, I think I'll be getting this one: http://www.ebuyer.com/363436-kingston-120gb-hyperx-3k-s...

Best Regards
Luke
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May 18, 2013 3:07:08 PM

ingtar33 said:

i'm not sure what programs people are loading onto their systems, but in my experience, unless you're dl'ing movies and tv series, you won't really need more then 250gb of hard drive space... ever.


Hate to prove you wrong but... i have a 500GB HDD and i've nearly filled that just with games..

But on the subject of games and storage drives, i planning a new build atm and i'm trying to work what drive set up i want. i.e. is it worth me getting an ssd just as a boot drive and then putting games onto a hybrid or even a standard hdd? bearing in mind this pc will be used for games programming as well as gaming?

Thanks Sam

EDIT: Moved to http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/answers/id-1680095/build-...
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