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Is This A Good Option For Memory? Should I Get A HDD Or SSD?

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November 27, 2013 1:49:52 PM

So I recently read that the best way to select memory is just go with the cheapest option, provided it had decent reviews and was a decent brand. So considering this is the cheapest 8GB option (over 1600 and 9), is it any good?

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f317000cl11d...


Also, I'm debating whether I want to get an SSD, an HDD, or both. Could anyone give me an idea their opinion on the best storage setup and how to use it to max efficiency?

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November 27, 2013 2:02:13 PM

G Skill is decent enough memory, so go ahead. As for the SSD/HDD query, the most efficient way of using this storage is to place the OS on the SSD and use the HDD for storage (music/pictures etc). Also any programs placed on the SSD will boot up faster. For best efficiency, make sure you have TRIM selected on the SSD and always leave about 10% - 15% of the total space unused (SSD will get very slow otherwise). If you are not worried about speed/boot-up times, then HDD is still your best bet, and you can partition it. 2TB is the best at present for price per GB.
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November 27, 2013 2:11:51 PM

EonW said:
G Skill is decent enough memory, so go ahead. As for the SSD/HDD query, the most efficient way of using this storage is to place the OS on the SSD and use the HDD for storage (music/pictures etc). Also any programs placed on the SSD will boot up faster. For best efficiency, make sure you have TRIM selected on the SSD and always leave about 10% - 15% of the total space unused (SSD will get very slow otherwise). If you are not worried about speed/boot-up times, then HDD is still your best bet, and you can partition it. 2TB is the best at present for price per GB.


Thanks, this is great information. Couple quick questions: Is the price I would pay for my memory a good value? Should I look for a cheaper option, etc?

Also, what are your thoughts on hybrid drives? If it's possible, I'd like a storage setup that would move an application I'm using (such as a game) to the SSD, then move it back when out of use. Don't know if that's possible to setup automatically, but doing it manually would be a bit of a pain.
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November 27, 2013 2:30:47 PM

You can get cheaper memory, but it is best to stick with a well known brand for quality's sake, so that seems a good price for your memory (though not all deals are on PartPicker, I've found). The price of memory can fluctuate - for a while it was quite cheap, but seems to be creeping up at present.
As for the storage, I think what you want to do is save space on the SSD. What you can do is put the game program on the SSD, but put the saved game data onto the HDD (and the same for other applications, eg office programs). That way you get good boot up times but don't fill the SSD with lots of data. When the program asks where you want to save the data, have a folder on the HDD ready for it. With some programs, you can also set this then as the default. Moving applications back and forth can lead to broken links, so the program does not work.

I'm not a great fan of hybrid drives, as I think you get the worst, not best, of both. Also, if one fails, everything is gone.
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