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June 1, 2014 6:25:59 PM

Hey. I built my pc 3 months ago as an early 14th b-day present, and my 8th grade grad just passed so i'm looking for an upgrade. I have a cx430, hd 7770 2gb, and a fx4300, cx430, 8gb, rosewill ranger m, ga78lmt-usb3, 2tb hdd, and yeah. So I want to upgrade, and I was going to get a new cpu cooler, but my temps are great at 4.2ghz, and I use noise cancelling headphones, but now I have some money to spend, and am looking at this ssd:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007WT9SU0/ref=s9_simh...

It is fairly cheap, and writes and reads similar to a samsung 840 evo ssd. It seems good, and I want to buy a 3.5" to 2.5" adapter so that I can just prepare for it. I have alot of games, and the only external hdd I have is 40gb. lol. Any ideas anybody?

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June 1, 2014 6:30:39 PM

Instead of an SSD, buy a larger sized HDD, something like 500 GB to 1 TB and then clone the existing HDD on to the new larger HDD. Read HDD product reviews and users feedback before you buy.

Use the existing HDD as a storage drive (second drive).
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June 1, 2014 6:33:17 PM

Ubrales said:
Instead of an SSD, buy a larger sized HDD, something like 500 GB to 1 TB and then clone the existing HDD on to the new larger HDD. Read HDD product reviews and users feedback before you buy.


I'm currently using a 2tb hdd, and the ssd should really improve performance. You're the only person so far who recommended a hdd. I think 2tb are enough, considering in 3 months i've used under 420 gigabytes and thats because I installed all of my games
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June 1, 2014 6:38:43 PM

Pcbuilder123 said:
Ubrales said:
Instead of an SSD, buy a larger sized HDD, something like 500 GB to 1 TB and then clone the existing HDD on to the new larger HDD. Read HDD product reviews and users feedback before you buy.


I'm currently using a 2tb hdd, and the ssd should really improve performance. You're the only person so far who recommended a hdd. I think 2tb are enough, considering in 3 months i've used under 420 gigabytes and thats because I installed all of my games


Yes I missed the 2 TB; yes that is enough and an SSD will improve load times. You will have to re-install the OS to the new SSD and then re-install programs and games to the HDD. I know it is cumbersome.
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June 1, 2014 6:39:32 PM

Ubrales said:
Pcbuilder123 said:
Ubrales said:
Instead of an SSD, buy a larger sized HDD, something like 500 GB to 1 TB and then clone the existing HDD on to the new larger HDD. Read HDD product reviews and users feedback before you buy.


I'm currently using a 2tb hdd, and the ssd should really improve performance. You're the only person so far who recommended a hdd. I think 2tb are enough, considering in 3 months i've used under 420 gigabytes and thats because I installed all of my games


Yes I missed the 2 TB; yes that is enough and an SSD will improve load times. You will have to re-install the OS to the new SSD and then re-install programs and games to the HDD. I know it is cumbersome.


By reinstall, would that mean the downloading aswell?
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June 1, 2014 6:44:25 PM

Pcbuilder123 said:
Ubrales said:
Pcbuilder123 said:
Ubrales said:
Instead of an SSD, buy a larger sized HDD, something like 500 GB to 1 TB and then clone the existing HDD on to the new larger HDD. Read HDD product reviews and users feedback before you buy.


I'm currently using a 2tb hdd, and the ssd should really improve performance. You're the only person so far who recommended a hdd. I think 2tb are enough, considering in 3 months i've used under 420 gigabytes and thats because I installed all of my games


Yes I missed the 2 TB; yes that is enough and an SSD will improve load times. You will have to re-install the OS to the new SSD and then re-install programs and games to the HDD. I know it is cumbersome.


By reinstall, would that mean the downloading aswell?


Yes! If not the registry will be a huge mess.
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June 1, 2014 6:45:40 PM

Ubrales said:
Pcbuilder123 said:
Ubrales said:
Instead of an SSD, buy a larger sized HDD, something like 500 GB to 1 TB and then clone the existing HDD on to the new larger HDD. Read HDD product reviews and users feedback before you buy.


I'm currently using a 2tb hdd, and the ssd should really improve performance. You're the only person so far who recommended a hdd. I think 2tb are enough, considering in 3 months i've used under 420 gigabytes and thats because I installed all of my games


Yes I missed the 2 TB; yes that is enough and an SSD will improve load times. You will have to re-install the OS to the new SSD and then re-install programs and games to the HDD. I know it is cumbersome.


How about this:

1.install and plug in my ssd
2.unplug sata wire and sata power cable from hdd
3.put in disk and install all my drivers and everything
4.make the ssd my main boot drive and then ummm, delete my windows folder and my users directory?

http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-2160164/installi...
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June 1, 2014 6:49:03 PM

Ubrales said:
Pcbuilder123 said:
Ubrales said:
Pcbuilder123 said:
Ubrales said:
Instead of an SSD, buy a larger sized HDD, something like 500 GB to 1 TB and then clone the existing HDD on to the new larger HDD. Read HDD product reviews and users feedback before you buy.


I'm currently using a 2tb hdd, and the ssd should really improve performance. You're the only person so far who recommended a hdd. I think 2tb are enough, considering in 3 months i've used under 420 gigabytes and thats because I installed all of my games


Yes I missed the 2 TB; yes that is enough and an SSD will improve load times. You will have to re-install the OS to the new SSD and then re-install programs and games to the HDD. I know it is cumbersome.


By reinstall, would that mean the downloading aswell?


Yes! If not the registry will be a huge mess.


A couple of times before I have moved my games to a 40gb external hdd, then moved it into my steam apps folder then let steam just update it and find all the files. Can I do this here? The ssd seems like quite a pain right now. Would it be worth it?
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June 1, 2014 6:56:05 PM

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How about this:

1.install and plug in my ssd
2.unplug sata wire and sata power cable from hdd
3.put in disk and install all my drivers and everything
4.make the ssd my main boot drive and then ummm, delete my windows folder and my users directory?

http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-2160164/installi...[/quotemsg]

Windows will work. Other programs and games will be looking for information on the SSD (registry) that does not exist.

In cases like this it is best to start over if you insist on an SSD.

One option is to get an SSD large enough to hold the OS and all your programs and games, and then to clone that to the SSD. Leave the data files on the HDD. What is the size of the OS plus programs and games?

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June 1, 2014 9:13:48 PM

Ugh. I decided to just backup my 2 favorite games, and just do what I need to. Just wondering, when I do get my ssd, how do I make it so steam installs to the hdd, instead of my ssd?
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June 2, 2014 5:16:34 AM

Pcbuilder123 said:
Ugh. I decided to just backup my 2 favorite games, and just do what I need to. Just wondering, when I do get my ssd, how do I make it so steam installs to the hdd, instead of my ssd?


When you install any new programs/games it will specify the path. Just change the path to the drive you want it on. It is better to do this whenever you install rather than making it a default. This way you have control on where the item is installed.
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