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December 30, 2013 1:08:53 AM

I've just recently assembled my first custom build, and even after countless software optimizations, I'm getting a bottleneck somewhere, since my game performance is way lower bench scores than I'm supposed to.
Since my CPU is an i5-4440 and the GPU is quite powerful (the minimum FPS in TR2013@1080p should be 21, and mine is 12@a way lower resolution), I've determined that it has got to be the hard drive.

Now, the main issue, as I understand, is me having a laptop hard drive (I don't know what I was thinking, maybe that it'll be quiet, since my old 2008 one beeps really loud).
I have about 80€ to spend, and that'll give me either a 60GB or 120GB SSD or a standard 1TB hard drive (or less)(my current is 500GB, as I feel that's way more than I need).

So, what do you recommend? Do I get a big SSD, install Windows on it and leave the laptop HDD as a secondary OR should I get a 60GB SSD and use it as cache?
Or maybe ditch both ideas and just go along with a bigger, better HDD?

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a c 288 G Storage
December 30, 2013 3:24:48 PM

I would say that your problem lies elsewhere as disk drives have practically no effect on game FPS. A drive (HDD or SSD) will affect game loading times or map/scene loading times but not FPS.

Is you video driver up to date?

a c 1306 G Storage
December 30, 2013 3:27:50 PM

List your entire system with model#'s please.
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December 31, 2013 12:21:03 AM

All my drivers are up to date (most of the components are like 2 months old, so the drivers mostly came on the CD. Only thing updated was graphics and something for sound and USB 3.0 support).

My system:
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87m-D3H rev 1.0 (can't find model #)
GPU: Gigabyte GTX660 Windforce OC GV-N660OC-2GD
CPU: Intel i5-4440 BX80646I54440
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB DDR3 BLS4G3D1609DS1S00
PSU: Corsair CX500M (can't find model #)
Case: Zalman Z3 Plus (can't find model #)
HDD: Travelstar Z7K500 (500GB) HTS725050A7E630

Sorry, but I don't know where I'd find the model number... I tried looking on the boxes, but there are dozens of numbers there with no identifier...

Thanks for the replies!

EDIT: Aha! Found the numbers on Newegg. Though they may or may not be correct... And I couldn't get some...

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a c 288 G Storage
December 31, 2013 9:56:57 AM

Motherboard manufacturers are notorious for shipping older, out-of-date drivers on the CDs that are shipped with the MBs. Go to this Intel site and run the Driver Update Utility to see if you have the latest chipset drivers. If not, they will refer you to the proper drivers.

January 1, 2014 4:27:38 AM

But there hasn't even been an update from Intel's side... The things on Gigabyte's site are the same version as those on the disc.
But I did a check anyways, and the thing told me my chipset drivers are okay. It said it can't recognize the GPU, LAN thingy and sound and WiFi thingy.

An update to my situation: I bought a brand-new monitor just yesterday (my first 1080p, heck, my first widescreen monitor!) and it feels amazing. Apparently my GPU would concur and only now am I getting the frames I was supposed to (that are a bit higher than those of my old, 1280x1024 monitor). And yes, I checked the game's settings and changed them to what I had with my old monitor. Whatever happened here, it's weird.
Maybe the game doesn't have good support for that resolution?

Whatever, as long as it works, I'm okay with it :D 
Also, happy new year! c: