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May 13, 2014 7:01:42 AM

hi im browsing the internet for pc components for my first pc build, ive read that a SSD is miles better than a regular HDD. but can i run a pc on a SSD alone or do i need to have both an SSD and a HDD? thanks

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May 13, 2014 7:08:20 AM

Matthew Briers said:
hi im browsing the internet for pc components for my first pc build, ive read that a SSD is miles better than a regular HDD. but can i run a pc on a SSD alone or do i need to have both an SSD and a HDD? thanks


Yes, you can run your PC on just the SSD. If you do that, then you have to get one with a large enough capacity to handle your needs and it is still advisable to have an Hdd for back up. You can get a 1 TB SSD, if you want to pay the price.
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a b G Storage
May 13, 2014 7:08:22 AM

Technically, a SSD is sufficient. Whether or not it is practical depends on your budget, and what you will do with the PC. Most people ultimately store more data (or programs) than would fit on a SSD that is within their budget.
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May 13, 2014 7:08:33 AM

its going to be a gaming pc, ive heard that SSDs can cause problems with games e.g. cut scenes and cinematics
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May 13, 2014 7:09:53 AM

You can run your pc on just an ssd alone. Just remember to get one that has sufficient size to hold everything. Also if you do go the ssd route, don't forget to tweek Windows a little bit to make it run better and last longer. There are numerous "how to"s on the net and doing a google search will show you a ton of information.
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May 13, 2014 7:10:02 AM

You can run off just a SSD, but it's common to have a SSD for the os and some apps then a hdd for storage.
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May 13, 2014 7:11:23 AM

Not at all! SSDs may not improve game performance (no change to FPS, but they will shorten level-load and respawn times), but should not cause any problems; they're essentially just fast hard drives.

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May 13, 2014 7:11:41 AM

I have been very happy with only a single 240gb ssd.
It makes everything you do feel so much quicker.
A hour update takes 15 minutes.
Files open instantly.
120gb will hold the os and a handful of games.
With 240gb, you may never need a hard drive at all.
It is easy to add a hard drive later for bulk storage of video files and backups.
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May 13, 2014 7:48:24 AM

Matthew Briers said:
its going to be a gaming pc, ive heard that SSDs can cause problems with games e.g. cut scenes and cinematics


Nonsense. I have a 256 Gb Samsung SSD in here and have all of my games on it. Never had a problem. Handy to have when you get killed in a game as often as I do. Quick to get back in. :) 
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May 13, 2014 8:15:12 AM

geofelt said:
Consider the source, but here is one link that shows a positive fps increase with a ssd:
http://www.samsung.com/global/business/semiconductor/mi...


Consider the source indeed. I have an SSD in here and benchmarked it using a Utility like this ( don't think this is the one): http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Benchmarks/AS-SSD-B... Anyway, it was impressive for sure. PCWorld Forum went belly up, so can't get over there to dig up the one I used.
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