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SSD plus SATA II or JUST SATA III HDD

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December 3, 2013 9:48:35 PM

Putting a build together primarily for gaming and media streaming.

For budget purposes should I allow for a 128 GB SSD sata III which I can combine with an reused 1 TB SATA II, or should I invest in a large capacity SATA III and nix the SDD?

Going for an i5 4570 with Asus Z87A plus GTX 760. Thanks for the help.

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a b G Storage
December 3, 2013 10:37:30 PM

Gets SSD and combine with SATA II HDD.
There is major performance difference for HDD, when it's using SATA II or SATA III.
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a b G Storage
December 3, 2013 11:11:20 PM

I did a complete clean reload of Windows onto a SSD, then placed all temp/log files on the HDD, turned off virtual memory, and it runs very fast and smoothly. Will it improve gaming speed or media streaming, NO. It will improve 'screen loads' and loading the 'software' / OS end that makes it all work nice a heck of alot faster, but not otherwise (i.e. going from 40FPs to suddenly 120FPS).
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December 4, 2013 5:14:51 AM

lp231 said:
Gets SSD and combine with SATA II HDD.
There is major performance difference for HDD, when it's using SATA II or SATA III.


Just wanted to confirm if the sata II drive will gain a performance boost on a sata III port, or if its the performance of the SSD which is the major boost ?

My concern is that the 3 gb per sec transfer rate will become a bottle neck for the steam games being installed on the HDD. The proposed SSD will be for od and media software only.
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a b G Storage
December 4, 2013 5:39:40 AM

Sata 2 hdd will not gain a performance boost when it's plug into a sata 3 port. Its the ssd that give a boost in performance.
Don't worry about the steam games it will run fine. My system does not even have sata 3. So got a sata 3 card for my ssd, but my hdd is connected to sata 2. Running steam games and other programs off the hdd works great. After installing the ssd, my ancient system felt like it was brand new, it was even better than when I actually build it 8 years ago.
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December 4, 2013 7:48:09 AM

lp231 said:
Sata 2 hdd will not gain a performance boost when it's plug into a sata 3 port. Its the ssd that give a boost in performance.
Don't worry about the steam games it will run fine. My system does not even have sata 3. So got a sata 3 card for my ssd, but my hdd is connected to sata 2. Running steam games and other programs off the hdd works great. After installing the ssd, my ancient system felt like it was brand new, it was even better than when I actually build it 8 years ago.


Awesome, thanks. I will definitely go with the SSD/ HDD sata II combo. I might be able to scrounge a couple more spare SATA HDD from old systems. These may only be 1.5 GB/S SATA I but will be used for non essential data and no programs.

Thanks guys, great community !
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