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July 18, 2013 12:46:27 AM

I am building a pc -
GTX 770,
i5 4670k,
Gigabyte Z87 LGA 1150 2 Way SLI, Corsair Vengeance 8 GB,
750W Silencer MK PSU,
generic dvd drive from former pc,
WD Black 500GB SATA III

and am now deciding on whether to purchase a 120gb or 240gb SSD Drive (thinking samsung 840)

Now I know that ideally the OS should be on the SSD, but I will obviously be primarily using this pc for gaming, so I am wondering if it is even necessary for a 120gb, let alone a 240gb, since I should be able to simply store my games on the HDD then transfer it to the SSD when I decide to play it, right?

If this is the case, I will probably get the 120gb, or perhaps even a 60gb one.

-Deadlytivo

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July 18, 2013 12:53:51 AM

120gb ssd is ideal because you usually want to store programs and your os on your ssd for faster boot times and with all the windows updates and programs it'll start filling up your ssd
games usually are stored on the hdd and not moved around as you may know some games are dependent on file paths or maybe even registry entries so if you move games around they might not work
once your computer loads the game files there is minimal reading and writing done from the disk while you play (unless you play games that load maps while you play like lets say.. assassin's creed)
so installing games on the hdd and playing games from your hdd is fine they will just take a little longer to do the initial loading
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July 18, 2013 1:25:46 AM

Yea, games should be considered expendable keeping backups or discs close by for ease of reinstall if you want without taking much time/download quota.

240gb for OS and 20 odd games is more than enough and still have room, its a lot if you think about it. Use your normal hdd to backup steam games if you use steam and other storage uses and perhaps maybe even upgrade to 1 or 2TB hdd/external hdd in near future for storage expansion.

10GB a day of adding/deletion on ssd's of current will last you 10 years. Installing/uninstalling games in future is not of any concern if you do end up running out of space. Guess if you're a game addict 120/240GB probably would be added/replaced with more or larger SSDs.
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July 18, 2013 1:58:11 AM

boju said:
Yea, games should be considered expendable keeping backups or discs close by for ease of reinstall if you want without taking much time/download quota.

240gb for OS and 20 odd games is more than enough and still have room, its a lot if you think about it. Use your normal hdd to backup steam games if you use steam and other storage uses and perhaps maybe even upgrade to 1 or 2TB hdd/external hdd in near future for storage expansion.

10GB a day of adding/deletion on ssd's of current will last you 10 years. Installing/uninstalling games in future is not of any concern if you do end up running out of space. Guess if you're a game addict 120/240GB probably would be added/replaced with more or larger SSDs.


Didn't consider using HDD as backup path.

Thanks, mate.

-Deadlytivo



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