I know that usually the answer to this would usually be really easy, and that an SSD is the better storage device.
However, I'm a gamer, and have over 300GB of games on my PC, and my library is growing fairly quickly, and being 16, currently without a job, the amount a large enough SSD would cost is a stretch for me.
So, I'm asking, is it worth it, for me, to stretch for a large enough SSD, or should I compromise on the performance for the capacity and lower cost of a hybrid? Also, if you could provide some recommendations, that would be awesome.
First option with SSD: simply put only your most frequently used games on it - I doubt you play your whole 300GB library on a regular basis.
You also have a third option: put enough RAM in your system so all frequently accessed game files end up in the OS' disk cache and stick to a plain HDD. Initial load times will remain somewhat painful but once all the files are cached, this becomes even faster than an SSD. With 16GB RAM, you should have enough to keep your 2-4 most recently accessed games since last boot in cache, wherever they may be stored.
Personally, I always ended up maxing out RAM on my past systems, usually at a cost of over $400 using "cheap" memory so I simply stuffed 32GB in my system since RAM was under $100/16GB at the time I built it and I doubt it will ever be that cheap again. Once my stuff has been loaded once since last boot, I hardly ever hear the HDD again until next time I have to reboot.
For the love of goodness phase don't be a fool and buy one of those shitty hybrids.
I was such an utter idiot and bought one when a 1Tb Seagate hdd died on me.
I googled, I researched, I did the math, looked up the benchmarks. In the end I bought a Seagate momentus xt 750Gb.
I put it in, plug it up, eagerly installed Windows. A bit slow I thought.. ahh wait till I reboot a few times I mused, then she'll be cranking!
At first I thought it was me, but benchmarks proved it, for sustained writes I was maxing at 80mb/s... a near duplicate 1tb to the one that died was consistently pulling 100mb..
I rebooted, 15 times all up. Not a damn difference. Windows was as slow as a wet weak. Copying files to and from hdds became a 1 at a time process... promised firmware referenced by the lying reputable websites failed to eventuate..
In the end I took an $80 hit -sold it.
Now, I am running a Seagate 128Gb 840 pro and yes, I can only have 2 to 3 things installed, or I can install them on a mechanical hdd and just reference them, so no real biggy.
The best thing though, the number 1 benefit, no more frustrating load times. Opera, internet explorer, Photoshop, games, you name it, double click and they're there! No mechanic hdd or hybrid crap could, can, or ever will touch this.
#Typed out painstakingly for 20 minutes on a galaxy tablet, just to let a fellow geek know to not go though the pain and financial embarrassment I suffered for my incompetence.#
SSD is the best performance... Hybrids performance is far behind relative to SSD. Its a night and day.
Get 240 to 256 Gbyte SSD capacity drive. The prices are very attractive for that range. High Memory will allow the computer to run faster with less use of the drive.