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February 17, 2014 10:01:00 PM

I currently have a 120gb ssd that I'm using as my boot and programs drive but I'm constantly running out of space. My rig is basically totally for gaming. My question is, should I buy a 1tb hybrid (most of which have 4 or 8gb of ssd for cache ) or a 1TB hdd with a 60gb ssd for the cache? I've been reading up and it seems as though 60gb is regarded as the max you should use for a cache. Will I see a major improvement using a 60 as my cache over using a standard hybrid drive? I basically want to know if I'll see a significant difference in load times with the bigger ssd cache or if I should just go with a hybrid or even a standard hdd. If the difference won't be all that noticeable it's not worth the extra money to me. I know how fast my ssd boot drive is, and if the cache drive would perform anywhere even close to that, I wouldn't hesitate to do it. Anybody have personal experience here? Any help would be appreciated!!
February 17, 2014 10:12:00 PM

1TB with 60gb ssd would be fine for you dear. When it comes to major improvement we are bottle necked by the Hybrid/HDD because still RAM operates at much faster speed than that.

If it is only for gaming purpose. I would recommend you to simply buy 1TB HDD with 7200RPM and 64MB Cached. It will be sufficient for your requirement though.
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February 17, 2014 10:17:14 PM

The price of a dual drive is high and performance isn't that good. The only case where I see a dual drive useful is in a laptop with space limitations.

I highly suggest a separate ssd from your hdd.
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February 17, 2014 10:36:12 PM

So you're both saying ditch the hybrid and the hdd with separate ssd cache and just get a decent mechanical?
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February 17, 2014 11:49:20 PM

Yes. It is and you will not feel any difference. You can buy Western Digital Black Caviar series as they are made for performance and you'll be quite satisfied with the performance.

PS: So far as SSD for gaming only is concerned. I humbly suggest that it hardly makes a difference. All it will do is to reduce the load time of the game and that's it. Rest it has every thing to do with your RAM not SSD.

Rest is your choice dear.
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February 18, 2014 12:13:07 AM

Just buy a regular HDD. It will still be fast.
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February 18, 2014 1:55:22 AM

Dear DeJay126,

Hopefully your query is answered. Should you have more questions pl feel free to ask.
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February 18, 2014 6:54:03 AM

One last thing. Since the Hybrid Drive and the 1TB paired with a 60GB SSD aren't all that efficient, would I be better off buying another 120 GB SSD and something along the lines of a WD 1TB Blue? Keep the rest of my games on the 120 and all of my multimedia and other files/applications that aren't as important on the 1TB. Basically, is there a huge difference between the WD Black and an SSD for gaming, or would I just be better off to get the Black and be done with it?
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February 18, 2014 7:21:13 AM

Dear WD Black is operating at 7200RPM with 64MB cache. It would be more than ok for your needs. Listen here is my configuration: My operating system and programs are installed on 240GB SSD.

All my games/vids/music are on 2TB WD Black Caviar with remaining data on 2TB Seagate Barracuda (which I'll soon be replacing with another 2-4TB WD Black/Green).

Putting games on SSD will give you no significant improvements but quicker load times and that's all. Btw WD Black Caviar would also give you impressive load time.

Still if you are that much into SSD. Here is what you can do:

Buy another 120GB SSD for your games along with WD 1TB Green. Why Green: Because your data will be on this drive which you may not be accessing too frequently so this drive will act like a backup drive.

OR

Sell current SSD. Get one 250GB SSD and 1TB WD Green.

See which option suits you.

My humble opinion don't buy another SSD.
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February 18, 2014 7:46:42 AM

If you already have a 120GB SSD then I'd just buy a 1TB Black. It doesn't matter whether games are on SSD or HDD, ok a bit in terms of loading times but really not much. I used to keep my 3 favorite on SSD and all others on my HDDs. Worked perfectly..until my friend wanted to buy a SSD. Then I saw it as a chance to trade. In the end I bought a 250GB SSD and it is big enough for everything.

However, I still need my HDDs for movies, music, and pictures.

I read EasyLover's adivce and I agree with some..
1) Sell current SSD and get a 250GB one and a 1TB Blue (do not buy Green, please don't do that)
2) Buy a 1TB Black and put everything else on it.
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February 18, 2014 7:48:52 AM

envy14tpe said:
If you already have a 120GB SSD then I'd just buy a 1TB Black. It doesn't matter whether games are on SSD or HDD, ok a bit in terms of loading times but really not much. I used to keep my 3 favorite on SSD and all others on my HDDs. Worked perfectly..until my friend wanted to buy a SSD. Then I saw it as a chance to trade. In the end I bought a 250GB SSD and it is big enough for everything.

However, I still need my HDDs for movies, music, and pictures.

I read EasyLover's adivce and I agree with some..
1) Sell current SSD and get a 250GB one and a 1TB Blue (do not buy Green, please don't do that)
2) Buy a 1TB Black and put everything else on it.


Would you be kind enough to give reason(s) as why not green. Your emphasis on it reflects some very bad experience :) 
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February 18, 2014 7:52:12 AM

EasyLover said:
envy14tpe said:
If you already have a 120GB SSD then I'd just buy a 1TB Black. It doesn't matter whether games are on SSD or HDD, ok a bit in terms of loading times but really not much. I used to keep my 3 favorite on SSD and all others on my HDDs. Worked perfectly..until my friend wanted to buy a SSD. Then I saw it as a chance to trade. In the end I bought a 250GB SSD and it is big enough for everything.

However, I still need my HDDs for movies, music, and pictures.

I read EasyLover's adivce and I agree with some..
1) Sell current SSD and get a 250GB one and a 1TB Blue (do not buy Green, please don't do that)
2) Buy a 1TB Black and put everything else on it.


Would you be kind enough to give reason(s) as why not green. Your emphasis on it reflects some very bad experience :) 


The Green runs at 5400rpm and the Blue at 7200rpm. Much faster read and write...and it less than $5 more for Blue than Green.
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.78 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
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February 18, 2014 8:10:27 AM

envy14tpe said:
EasyLover said:
envy14tpe said:
If you already have a 120GB SSD then I'd just buy a 1TB Black. It doesn't matter whether games are on SSD or HDD, ok a bit in terms of loading times but really not much. I used to keep my 3 favorite on SSD and all others on my HDDs. Worked perfectly..until my friend wanted to buy a SSD. Then I saw it as a chance to trade. In the end I bought a 250GB SSD and it is big enough for everything.

However, I still need my HDDs for movies, music, and pictures.

I read EasyLover's adivce and I agree with some..
1) Sell current SSD and get a 250GB one and a 1TB Blue (do not buy Green, please don't do that)
2) Buy a 1TB Black and put everything else on it.


Would you be kind enough to give reason(s) as why not green. Your emphasis on it reflects some very bad experience :) 


The Green runs at 5400rpm and the Blue at 7200rpm. Much faster read and write...and it less than $5 more for Blue than Green.
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.78 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)


Ok. This is nice. He should go with Blue then.
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February 18, 2014 10:48:10 AM

I think I'm going to get a wd black. Either that or get another ssd and a wd blue and put games on the ssd and everything else on the blue.
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February 18, 2014 10:48:59 AM

How did a best answer get selected if I didn't select it?
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February 18, 2014 11:44:39 AM

IDK. Some ppl have access to the Best Answer button and they use it when they shouldn't.

I unselected the other answer so that you should now be free to select one.

Yogi
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February 18, 2014 1:29:24 PM

Thank you
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February 18, 2014 1:49:53 PM

No problem.

Yogi
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