Best for speeding up games: 10,000RPM hard drive vs Hybrid hard drive?

So my issue is that while my computer is pretty powerful (Quad-core, 8GB RAM, 2GB GFX), Skyrim and other games lag a bit when they load new content.
Especially in open-world games like MMOs and Skyrim and the upcoming Witcher 3, I'd like to walk/run seamlessly without trees popping up in front of me randomly.

I currently have a regular 1TB HDD so I'm considering what the most cost-effective and smart way to upgrade would be?

The SSDs are too expensive and I heard that they lose power the fuller they get and at 128GB, they'd get full quickly with Windows 8, Skyrim and its milion mods and some other games.

So should I get a Hybrid HDD or a 10,000 rpm HDD?

Ideally I'd like to have both Windows 8 and games on the drive, but I could also just have the games if need be...
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  1. What GPU are you using? Hybrid drives and 10k drives aren't that much faster than their 7200rpm cousins.
  2. Trees popping in has nothing to do with your SSD/ HDD. It's due to the draw distance, so that's more of a gpu/settings issue.
  3. This is the HDD I have - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145533

    It has a score of 5.9 with Windows 8 while everything else is over 7.0, Processor is 7.3, RAM is 7.3 and GFX is 7.8

    Here's my computer config:
    AMD Phenom II X4 840 Processor (4 CPUs) ~ 3.2Ghx
    8192MB RAM
    Nvidia Geforce GTX 660 SC 2GB 192-bit
    and Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s (in link above)

    When playing Skyrim especially, if I am running let's say, I will get hiccups constantly. A freeze while textures and distant terrain loads.
    It happens mostly with a lot of mods as I said. I just assumed this would be a data transfer issue, as the hard drive is not helping the game read the data fast enough?
  4. are your sata ports in IDE/Compatability or AHCI mode in your Bios?
  5. popatim said:
    are your sata ports in IDE/Compatability or AHCI mode in your Bios?


    No idea. How can I check and how should they be?
  6. If you really want to eliminate loading in Skyrim, buy more ram and install the game on a ram drive.
  7. TheCainMan said:
    popatim said:
    are your sata ports in IDE/Compatability or AHCI mode in your Bios?


    No idea. How can I check and how should they be?


    run an AS-SSD benchmark. In the top left side it will list the offset size (with -ok after it) and the driver being used which should be amdsata.
  8. popatim said:
    TheCainMan said:
    popatim said:
    are your sata ports in IDE/Compatability or AHCI mode in your Bios?


    No idea. How can I check and how should they be?


    run an AS-SSD benchmark. In the top left side it will list the offset size (with -ok after it) and the driver being used which should be amdsata.


    Ok ran it.
    Top left says:

    Hitachi
    MS2OA610
    pciide
    103424 K - OK
    931.51 GB

    (so no amdsata?)
  9. 8GB is enough running Skyrim, adding more RAM would not solve the case. Use NVidia's Performance Software if your graphics card is from NVidia or AMD Evolved App if its from AMD. That should optimize your graphics to its full potential so it'll look better depending on the game.
    Adding more RAM will be a waste.
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