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June 7, 2014 10:53:29 PM

This is my current build: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/txkTzy ( I have not yet purchased or ordered anything - Feel free to suggest me anything better at a cheaper price )


Most people/videos suggested me to do this:

1. Operating System on the SSD.
2. The games should go on the SSD if they can fit on there.
3. Your files/non important programs should go on the HDD.


I don't really understand how this works... SSD is 120GB and the HDD is 1TB... for better loading times shouldn't I put the games on my HDD? Is it the safest way to put OS, Anti-virus, etc on the SSD? I don't get it...


If I do a backup of my whole computer or whatever... It's best to have it on the SSD, correct?

If nothing happens to my USB key (Yes, USB key)... I have useful things on it to help me find specific things for gaming and stuff like that (program names, game names, etc)... Is it gonna stay on there forever? Can the files get corrupted if not opened in several months?


That's what I'm getting right now... Also, if I downloaded a video of how to build a computer / get it running for gaming (almost 2 hours long) on my PC using download helper addon and put it on a USB key... If the video gets removed from YouTube... It's downloaded on my USB key so technically I will still be able to watch it, correct?




I know that my questions are silly but I haven't even been learning for a week now... I pretty much understand everything other than what is best and what is not and stuff like that.





Thanks in advance! :wahoo: 

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a b G Storage
June 7, 2014 11:04:47 PM

simply put, the ssd has much faster loading times than an hdd. put the OS and frequently used programs on the ssd, and files, pics/videos, etc on the hdd. the anti-virus does not need to be on the ssd. also, dont fill that ssd up above 105 gb.
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June 7, 2014 11:12:28 PM

Danbuscus25 said:
simply put, the ssd has much faster loading times than an hdd. put the OS and frequently used programs on the ssd, and files, pics/videos, etc on the hdd. the anti-virus does not need to be on the ssd. also, dont fill that ssd up above 105 gb.



See, that's what I don't understand... Why does the SSD has faster loading times than an HDD but it's 120 GB while the HDD is 1 TB?


SSD = Games, OS..
HDD = Anti-Virus, Computer cleaning programs, etc?

Let's say I want to put a maximum of 80-90GB on my SSD... Should I just start putting games, etc. on my HDD?
Everything will work properly and safely?



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a b G Storage
June 7, 2014 11:17:40 PM

the speed of a drive is not determined by the capacity. ssd'd are way faster than hdd's no matter the capacity. so, put the OS and most commonly used programs on the ssd untill it reaches around 100-105 gb, then put the rest on the hdd. and the anti-virus and cleaning stuff should go on the hdd.
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a b G Storage
June 7, 2014 11:21:45 PM

Size bares no relation to speed. A small Ferrari is faster than a bus. You can get 1tb ssd too, but they're expensive, just like a fast bus!
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a b G Storage
June 7, 2014 11:24:46 PM

XD nice analogy.
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June 7, 2014 11:27:07 PM

Danbuscus25 said:
simply put, the ssd has much faster loading times than an hdd. put the OS and frequently used programs on the ssd, and files, pics/videos, etc on the hdd. the anti-virus does not need to be on the ssd. also, dont fill that ssd up above 105 gb.



Understood !



Off topic of Storages...


What do you think about my first build on a $2000 CAD budget? : http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/txkTzy


I've seen cheaper motherboards that could give me the same results as that one but I have yet to figure out which... There's a few that I have been suggested but I cannot decide... I will not be extremely overclocking so I don't need an overkill motherboard with a hundred features... I need at least 3 fan headers and everything else to plug my components.


Here are some of the motherboards that I have been suggested... Your opinions?

MSI Z97-GAMING 5 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
ASRock Fatal1ty Z97 Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
ASRock Fatal1ty Z97X Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
ASRock Z97 EXTREME4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard




leeb2013 said:
Size bares no relation to speed. A small Ferrari is faster than a bus. You can get 1tb ssd too, but they're expensive, just like a fast bus!



Hahah, that's a good one that I haven't heard yet... Understood ! Yeah, in the future I will get a better SSD but with my maximum budget it will do.
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a b G Storage
June 7, 2014 11:30:30 PM

nice build
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June 7, 2014 11:36:56 PM

Danbuscus25 said:
nice build


Thanks... I'm not sure about the motherboard yet... Any suggestion from yourself? It's hard to pick... Since I will not be doing some extreme overclocking... Pretty simple one, actually...
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a b G Storage
June 7, 2014 11:44:21 PM

i would keep the 1 you have in there.
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June 8, 2014 12:08:41 AM

Danbuscus25 said:
i would keep the 1 you have in there.



Oh well, by the time I get the budget ready I have mooore than enough time to choose a motherboard...


Here's my last question and most stupid question that I will ask on the Storage section:

If I do a backup of certain files... It's best to have it on the SSD, correct?

If nothing happens to my USB key (Yes, USB key)... I have useful things on it to help me find specific things for gaming and stuff like that (program names, game names, etc)... Is it gonna stay on there forever? Can the files get corrupted if not opened in several months?


Also, if I downloaded a video of how to build a computer / get it running for gaming (almost 2 hours long) on my PC using download helper addon and put it on a USB key... If the video gets removed from YouTube... It's downloaded on my USB key so technically I will still be able to watch it, correct?

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a b G Storage
June 8, 2014 12:16:16 AM

so, it is fine to backup files to a ssd or an hdd, files are fine if unopened for long periods of time, and yes, you could still watch that video.
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June 8, 2014 12:19:12 AM

Danbuscus25 said:
so, it is fine to backup files to a ssd or an hdd, files are fine if unopened for long periods of time, and yes, you could still watch that video.



Sounds good then... I was told by a few people (PMs) to backup to my HDD... Will do.


Thanks for the help :pt1cable: 
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a b G Storage
June 8, 2014 12:19:43 AM

no problem :) 
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