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Should i go SSD or just get a high end HDD?

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June 11, 2014 8:57:32 AM

I have been using inexpensive WD blue HDD 500G drives for the last few years
and even though i have no issues i want to get a better drive.
I mostly game on my tower but also watch movies and surf.
I want a drive that will load games faster and just be the better overall performing drive?
when you answer can you please add what exact SSD or HDD is really known to be great so i have a ideal of what to buy?
Ps, i need a 500gb minimum thanks

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a b } Memory
June 11, 2014 9:18:39 AM

It's hard to say no to SSD when you can get a good 120GB for less than $60 and 240GB for less than $100.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Storage: PNY XLR8 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($59.99 @ TigerDirect)
Storage: PNY Optima 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($98.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $158.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-11 12:18 EDT-0400)
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June 11, 2014 9:50:06 AM

damric said:
It's hard to say no to SSD when you can get a good 120GB for less than $60 and 240GB for less than $100.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Storage: PNY XLR8 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($59.99 @ TigerDirect)
Storage: PNY Optima 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($98.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $158.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-11 12:18 EDT-0400)


I am willing to spend up to$300 for a 500Gb SSD so you are saying that NO HDD can take on a good SSD for loading games faster and just being better overall?
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a b } Memory
June 11, 2014 10:09:57 AM

Generally you get a 120GB or 240GB to hold your OS, applications, and your 10 favorite games, and then you put all the bulk files like music, pictures, videos, and other games on your 1TB or 2 TB HDD.

HDD:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.92 @ Amazon)
Storage: Toshiba 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($83.18 @ Amazon)
Total: $136.10
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-11 13:08 EDT-0400)

Another speed trick is to make a small RAM Disk and have it store your browser cache. This will make web browsing lightning fast whether you have an SSD or not.

This one is free up to 4GB (you will only need like 128MB):

http://memory.dataram.com/products-and-services/softwar...
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June 11, 2014 11:20:54 AM

damric said:
Generally you get a 120GB or 240GB to hold your OS, applications, and your 10 favorite games, and then you put all the bulk files like music, pictures, videos, and other games on your 1TB or 2 TB HDD.

HDD:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.92 @ Amazon)
Storage: Toshiba 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($83.18 @ Amazon)
Total: $136.10
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-11 13:08 EDT-0400)

Another speed trick is to make a small RAM Disk and have it store your browser cache. This will make web browsing lightning fast whether you have an SSD or not.

This one is free up to 4GB (you will only need like 128MB):

http://memory.dataram.com/products-and-services/softwar...

I have a 500g WD blue now? so can i just buy a SSD and out my games on that?

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June 11, 2014 11:22:31 AM

damric said:
For a $300 budget, this is a good SSD with Toshiba nand flash. (Toshiba now owns OCZ).

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Storage: OCZ Vertex 460 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $279.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-11 13:17 EDT-0400)


Thats looks like a good one and i like toshiba products.
In the other post you said to just load my games on a SSD and use a regular HDD for everything else?
I am confused i thought you had to use one or the other in a pc?
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a b } Memory
June 11, 2014 11:25:28 AM

I use both. I have a 120GB Vector 150 with my main OS installation and my favorite games, and a 1TB HDD for bulk and a small partition with my old OS from before I had an SSD.
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June 11, 2014 11:39:24 AM

damric said:
I use both. I have a 120GB Vector 150 with my main OS installation and my favorite games, and a 1TB HDD for bulk and a small partition with my old OS from before I had an SSD.


I think i prefer to just use one SSD is there any disadvantage to this way opposed to using both, the way you use the SSD and HDD?
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a b } Memory
June 11, 2014 11:41:17 AM

No disadvantage at all. If you can fit everything you need on SSD that is awesome. In my Wife's computer she only has an SSD like that.
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June 11, 2014 12:21:23 PM

damric said:
No disadvantage at all. If you can fit everything you need on SSD that is awesome. In my Wife's computer she only has an SSD like that.


Damric, thanks for all the help. I am going to order that toshiba you posted a link to.
480g should cover me. i am using 350g now and have a lot of games.
movies are DL'd watched then deleted. so they never occupy my drive space permanently. :) 
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a b } Memory
June 11, 2014 12:56:12 PM

Sounds like a plan. Make sure you post back and give us a short review :) 
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June 11, 2014 1:32:22 PM

damric said:
Sounds like a plan. Make sure you post back and give us a short review :) 


Will do and thanks again!
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