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October 24, 2013 5:59:41 PM

This is my first time building a PC, and I'm on a budget of ~$600-675. So far, I've picked out all the necessary components aside from storage (not sure if I should go ssd or hdd), but I'm not sure how good of a match they are/if I could do better for my money. I don't really want to spend more than $175 on storage, and hdd seems to be to only storage type that falls within my budget. However, given the benefits, I'd really like an ssd. Are there any good ones out there for my budget with a capacity of 250GB or more?

I intend to use the computer for mostly gaming, I value graphics more than anything, and it would be nice if this build could handle multitasking well. Here's what I have so far:


    GPU: GeForce GTX 650Ti - $89 on this site (with specs)
    CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K - $80 on this site (with specs)
    Mobo: Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-D3H - $85 on this site
    PSU: CORSAIR TX650 - $90 on this site (with specs)
    RAM: RipJaws 2 x 4 - $80 on this site (with specs)


Can you guys offer any advice on this build? Or on options for storage?

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a b G Storage
October 24, 2013 6:04:34 PM

I would highly recommend getting a 120GB SSD for around $80 and still getting a media drive for around the same.

SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($90 for 120GB)
HDD: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... ($70 for 2TB)

flap_dragon said:

I intend to use the computer for mostly gaming, I value graphics more than anything


If you value graphics more than anything, why are you getting a GTX 650 Ti?
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October 24, 2013 6:07:50 PM

Get a Western Digital as far as HDD is concerned.

An SSD will only boot up your rig faster than a HDD, nothing more.

I have a SSD i.e 64GB just for the OS. You can see it in the link (right bottom corner)
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a b G Storage
October 24, 2013 6:13:08 PM

IAMEXTREME said:
Get a Western Digital as far as HDD is concerned.

An SSD will only boot up your rig faster than a HDD, nothing more.

I have a SSD i.e 64GB just for the OS. You can see it in the link (right bottom corner)


That's not really true. Other benefits include: durability, no noise, no heat, way faster transfer speeds (not just load times), time saving, obviously, lower power consumption, etc.
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October 24, 2013 6:14:33 PM

ACTechy said:
IAMEXTREME said:
Get a Western Digital as far as HDD is concerned.

An SSD will only boot up your rig faster than a HDD, nothing more.

I have a SSD i.e 64GB just for the OS. You can see it in the link (right bottom corner)


That's not really true. Other benefits include: durability, no noise, no heat, way faster transfer speeds (not just load times), etc.


These advantages are of no use when you are building a gaming rig. What are you gonna do with SSD's less weight ?? lol

And do you expect that man to get a 128GB SSD for (windows + stuff) only ??? You require large data storage when it comes to saving "modern" games.

And power consumption + durability are almost the same.

Get an SSD when you have spare money. Till that time, save your bucks and get a HDD.

His focus should be on the Graphics Card/Processor/Power Supply.
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a b G Storage
October 24, 2013 6:22:02 PM

IAMEXTREME said:
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These advantages are of no use when you are building a gaming rig. What are you gonna do with SSD's less weight ?? lol

And do you expect that man to get a 128GB SSD for (windows + stuff) only ??? You require large data storage when it comes to saving "modern" games.

And power consumption + durability are almost the same.


By reading the post, it sounds like there are other things going on here beyond gaming, though that may be the primary.

haha yeah, there's a reason I didn't say anything about the weight for a desktop rig.

Yeup, OS/some programs on SSD and maybe a game or three, with other games, docs, etc on HDD. And no, power consumption and durability are clearly not the same thing. Power consumption has to do with using less power. Durability has to do with the reliability of not having moving parts going on.
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October 24, 2013 6:24:52 PM

ACTechy said:
IAMEXTREME said:
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These advantages are of no use when you are building a gaming rig. What are you gonna do with SSD's less weight ?? lol

And do you expect that man to get a 128GB SSD for (windows + stuff) only ??? You require large data storage when it comes to saving "modern" games.

And power consumption + durability are almost the same.


By reading the post, it sounds like there are other things going on here beyond gaming, though that may be the primary.

haha yeah, there's a reason I didn't say anything about the weight for a desktop rig.

Yeup, OS/some programs on SSD and maybe a game or three, with other games, docs, etc on HDD. And no, power consumption and durability are clearly not the same thing. Power consumption has to do with using less power. Durability has to do with the reliability of not having moving parts going on.


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And power consumption + durability are almost the same.
......as compared to a SSD.
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October 24, 2013 6:32:28 PM

ACTechy said:
I would highly recommend getting a 120GB SSD for around $80 and still getting a media drive for around the same.

SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($90 for 120GB)
HDD: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... ($70 for 2TB)

flap_dragon said:

I intend to use the computer for mostly gaming, I value graphics more than anything


If you value graphics more than anything, why are you getting a GTX 650 Ti?


What do you suggest I should get for a graphics card? I searched around, and the 650 seemed like a good deal for the money - is there a better option?
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a b G Storage
October 24, 2013 6:33:37 PM

flap_dragon said:
ACTechy said:
I would highly recommend getting a 120GB SSD for around $80 and still getting a media drive for around the same.

SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($90 for 120GB)
HDD: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... ($70 for 2TB)

flap_dragon said:

I intend to use the computer for mostly gaming, I value graphics more than anything


If you value graphics more than anything, why are you getting a GTX 650 Ti?


What do you suggest I should get for a graphics card? I searched around, and the 650 seemed like a good deal for the money - is there a better option?


What's your price range?
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October 24, 2013 6:36:03 PM

IAMEXTREME said:
Get a Western Digital as far as HDD is concerned.

An SSD will only boot up your rig faster than a HDD, nothing more.

I have a SSD i.e 64GB just for the OS. You can see it in the link (right bottom corner)


If I have most of my games saved on Steam as opposed to directly on my drive, will the 64GB (or 128GB if i can afford it) extend a bit further to help with game loading times?
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October 24, 2013 6:36:39 PM

ACTechy said:
flap_dragon said:
ACTechy said:
I would highly recommend getting a 120GB SSD for around $80 and still getting a media drive for around the same.

SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($90 for 120GB)
HDD: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... ($70 for 2TB)

flap_dragon said:

I intend to use the computer for mostly gaming, I value graphics more than anything


If you value graphics more than anything, why are you getting a GTX 650 Ti?


What do you suggest I should get for a graphics card? I searched around, and the 650 seemed like a good deal for the money - is there a better option?


What's your price range?


I'm willing to spend ~$130 for a graphics card
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a b G Storage
October 24, 2013 6:41:26 PM

flap_dragon said:


I'm willing to spend ~$130 for a graphics card


Here's a decent deal on a GTX 650 Ti BOOST (quite a bit better than GTX 650 Ti):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you want to look at AMD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 24, 2013 6:47:14 PM

Thanks, everyone for being so helpful!
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a b G Storage
October 24, 2013 6:48:49 PM

flap_dragon said:
Thanks, everyone for being so helpful!


Good luck, mate
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