I am upgrading my PC and the only part I can not decide on is the HDD/SDD part.
- CPU: Intel i5-4570
- GPU: Sapphire R9 280x
- Ram: 8GB Corair Vengeance DDR3-1600
- Motherboard: Z87-G41 PC Mate
I will use this PC mostly for gaming, so good gaming performance and low bootup time are needed.
It is down to 4 SSD/HDD combinations:
1. Samsung SSHD 2TB for Data + OS
2. Seagate Barracuda 2TB for Data + SanDisk 32GB Readycache
3. Seagate Barracuda 2TB for Data + SanDisk 64GB SSD (used as Cache with Intel Ready Cache Technology)
4. Seagate Barracuda 2TB for Data + Samsung Evo 120GB for OS + Applications
So my question is, is the 3. solution possible with my setup and which would be the best?
I like the idea of caching over a SSD for OS, because I do not want to manage the data myself (With a normal SSD I have to install/deinstall things from the SSD which I do not use, to boost only what is needed with the spare SSD space)
What would be the best performing setup?
Would it be usefull to use setup 3?
It's $105 and compares to the $85 2TB version so for $20 more get this one. It will also have a higher average performance than a 2TB version (rotation speed vs data density).
Games do NOT benefit from an SSD aside from the initial game loading or level loads. I did extensive testing on this and decided it's only games like SKYRIM (frequent map loading) that benefit much but then it's closer to a 2x speed increase (i.e. 5 seconds vs 10 seconds).
*You should also have Acronis True Image or similar installed so you can make a backup Image of the SSD which Windows/apps are on (Steam on the hard drive). Keep the very FIRST image then make a second one that you replace (keep first in case virus or corruption creeps in later).
This also the reason #4 is best, because you want a backup drive.
Acronis True Image Free is at the WD site. For Seagate, it's the same exact program with a different name, Seagate DiscWizard. Use that to make a compressed Image backup (roughly 20GB or so with a fresh Windows 8 install).