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June 15, 2014 4:57:27 AM

So, quite soon i was planning on building my own pc with a HDD and a SSD. I was planning to use the HDD for programs and games and the (very small memory) SSD for windows seven boot drive. But i wasn't sure if I could just have windows on the SSD and have programs install onto the HDD. I read this http://www.overclock.net/t/664738/how-to-setup-ssd-boot... but it didn't make much sense because my build will be from scratch and not adding a SSD. Could i just move the folders 'users' 'program files' 'program files (x86)' and 'program data' to the HDD?? Could someone help my out? Any replies much appreciated! :) 




The specs;
Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor
Cooler Master Seidon 120V 86.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Kingston Beast 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory
Western Digital AV 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Intel 320 Series 40GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card
NZXT H440 (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case
Corsair CX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)
a c 755 G Storage
June 15, 2014 5:03:50 AM

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Intel 320 Series 40GB 2.5" Solid State Drive


Do not buy this drive. It is entirely too small, even for 'only Windows'. Yes, it will install. But it will quickly fill up. Updates, temp files, etc.

SSD's are pretty inexpensive these days. A Samsung 840 EVO 120GB can be had for around $85 (in the US)

Either get a 120GB or larger, or don't bother with an SSD.

And why the 250GB HDD? It can't be that much cheaper than a 1TB drive.
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June 15, 2014 5:08:44 AM

Hi SnowGuardian
what you suggest is a good idea , a small ssd for your operating system. I only use a 60gb ssd and have over 500gb of programs that i use
and 2TB of movies and games , music etc
How do i achieve this , instead of installing everything to the ssd c/program files i install to another drive , after windows 7 install and only programs i require speed to execute i still have 40%of 60gb free. i play many high end games , farcry3,crysis3 etc etc all installed on HDD's

EDIT : i agree with USAFret that SSD is way too small , 60GB Minimum and a 1 or 2 TB HDD
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a c 755 G Storage
June 15, 2014 5:10:58 AM

A 60GB is mostly workable. A 40GB is indeed too small.
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a c 755 G Storage
June 15, 2014 5:12:22 AM

Additionally, you have other inconsistencies in that build.

A non-OC CPU on an OC capable motherboard
PSU is probably too large
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a b G Storage
June 15, 2014 5:13:00 AM

agreed
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a b G Storage
June 15, 2014 5:16:56 AM

you should get a bigger ssd (80 at least or a 120)
put some games (you favorite ones) on it too. that is what i have (though i have 2 ssd's now, bf4 is just too big lol)
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a c 755 G Storage
June 15, 2014 5:19:22 AM

Also, that Intel 320 is an old model. Came out in 2011. Newer SSD's are far more reliable, faster, and cheaper.

What is your overall budget and use? I'm sure a few someones can come up with a solid build that includes everything you need, with much better specs, that fits in that budget.
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a b G Storage
June 15, 2014 5:22:16 AM

putting games on an ssd will only improve game execution, loading and saving times it will not improve FPS ( Frames Per Second )
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a b G Storage
June 15, 2014 7:01:37 AM

yes, not the fps, just loading time. well, it serves me from waiting too long for bf4 MP to load up :) 
i don't do much on my rig other than games and stuff. Work pc is different
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June 15, 2014 8:27:40 AM

Sorry made a mistake, I was going to have a 2TB for stuff and then a SSD 40GB JUST for windows to boot from and not any programs or anything. From previous experiments even if i install a program on a separate HDD i still find files from the program on the boot drive. IS there a way to stop this? If not I'll just go back to the original plan of a 2TB HDD and a 250GB HDD and just installing programs on the 2TB and not caring about watch happens? And the additional power supply is for the ability to upgrade. If i don't have a SSD its not a huge deal to be honest.
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a c 755 G Storage
June 15, 2014 8:33:05 AM

As said, that 40GB you specified is A - Too small, and B - old tech.

Amazon lists that at $70. A current edition top tier Samsung 840 EVO in 120GB is only $85. Other 120GB drives (PNY) are even cheaper.

Why that Intel 40GB specifically?
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June 15, 2014 8:37:20 AM

USAFRet said:
As said, that 40GB you specified is A - Too small, and B - old tech.

Amazon lists that at $70. A current edition top tier Samsung 840 EVO in 120GB is only $85. Other 120GB drives (PNY) are even cheaper.

Why that Intel 40GB specifically?

NO reason i'll have a look now, also I'm uk based.
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a c 755 G Storage
June 15, 2014 8:51:36 AM

SnowGuardian said:
USAFRet said:
Much, much better drive:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-120GB-Basic-Solid-State...
£53.99

Samsung 840 EVO 120GB.

THanks ill do that, but still if i install programs onto a 2TB drive will some programs get files put onto the program files on the ssd?



You can install applications on whatever drive you want. Some little bits will get written to the boot drive. Primarily, registry entries. Small and of no consequence as far as 'space'.
I have a 120GB SSD, with the OS and almost ALL my applications. Currently, ~52GB used space.
Games and other static files live elsewhere on spinning drives.
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June 15, 2014 8:58:37 AM

Thank you all very much. :) 
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June 15, 2014 9:17:57 PM

SnowGuardian said:
USAFRet said:
Much, much better drive:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-120GB-Basic-Solid-State...
£53.99

Samsung 840 EVO 120GB.

THanks ill do that, but still if i install programs onto a 2TB drive will some programs get files put onto the program files on the ssd?


You can choose where to install the programs. I would personally install the OS on the SSD and everything else other than a few select apps on the HDD.
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