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October 15, 2013 4:00:35 PM

So gusy i'm selecting components for this build, bit i am hesitating on the storage a bit. I initially wanted to go solely with a 250GB samsung 840 ssd. I don't use much space now on my crappy pc, but it might change when i have a gaming pc.
I dont have music or videos or anything like that, but i'm gonna be playing games like battlefield 4. I heard about some new AAA games being up to 50gb, so now it got me wondering;

Do i need to change my plans to getting a hybrid drive, or get a smaller ssd and a hdd? Or just stick with my selected ssd?

Please tell me. Btw my budget is about 120£, and i have to be able to get the product in holland, i also dont have any of the components.

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a b G Storage
October 15, 2013 4:03:53 PM

You could get a SSD for the OS and maybe the game you play the most, and have other things on a normal HDD. Is that something you would like to do? And I recommend the 840 EVO
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a b G Storage
October 15, 2013 4:18:41 PM

An SSD is a NAND based drive. A hybrid drive is a normal hard disk, but with a 32 or 64 GB NAND pad that speeds the device up. However the hard disk portion still runs at 56K. So why not get a real SSD and then get a hard disk (maybe a 72K) for permanent storage?

That's what I do. I have a 120GB SSD for my C drive. Only the OS and MS office goes on it. Everything else is stored on my hard disk array.

A note on “refurbished SSD’s”.
Due to shoddy testing regimen and poor marketing there has been a glut of refurbished SSD’s on the market. The price for these units is often .50 cents a gig or lower.

But some reviewers refuse to even consider them as a viable option.

Why not?

If a hard disk, with moving parts, can be successfully refurbished and used for years at a reasonable discount (they can and most of us have used them), then why not a storage device that has no moving parts to wear out?

In fact a SSD manufacturer admitted what some of us have suspected for some time, SSD’s cannot be “refurbished” They can only be retested and certified as functional, or discarded.
http://www.thetechforum.co.uk/computers/ssd's-cant-be-refurbished/

Most pieces of equipment that are certified as functional and remarketed as refurbished have actually had very little work done on them. Perhaps replacing a worn out moving part, like a fan or a stylus . Although post test failure is a possibility with refurbished parts (it depends on the manufacturer and how much they are tested) that is a risk with any computer part. Is the risk of failure for a refurbished SSD greater than a newly purchased SSD? There is no data on that yet (Hint Tom’s Staff- article fodder).

However, most returns where little or no hardware is found to be defective are due to user error and not equipment malfunction. In that case, why not buy a reoffered SSD at a significant discount?

Recently, OCZ, offered some of its “refurbished” SSD’s at not only a substantial discount, but with a full factory warranty equal with a newly purchased product. I own one.

Three months, no issues. It’s the C drive on the computer I am typing on.

So, if it turns out that the failure rate is the same as a newly purchased SSD, would you jump? Since they are being certified twice, I’d bet (and have with my own money) that the failure rate of these recertified units is even lower than first offers.

I don’t recommend it, just consider it. Risk isn’t for everyone.
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a b G Storage
October 15, 2013 4:26:20 PM

I would never recommend that any of my clients purchased a hybrid drive. Waste of money and they don't perform like stand along SSD drives.

I would recommend a Plextor M5P Xtreme 256Gb SSDas your boot drive and the installation of programs and games. Purchase an additional drive, such as a Western Digital Black (whatever size) 7200rpm for your data storage. You can pick up a Plextor SSD for around $220 which is an amazing deal considering it is rated a top 5 drive in performance and reliability. And it is less than $1 a Gb. No brainer if you ask me.

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a c 884 G Storage
October 15, 2013 7:10:21 PM

SSHD's have typically 4 or 8gb Nand. I haven't seen one with more in some time.
I you need storage space then start with an HDD and you can decide on an SSD later. SSD's really only load maps faster and dont do much for game performance beyond that.
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