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What is better : A high-end HDD 1TB for 50-60$ or a less storage HDD and an SSD for gaming

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August 14, 2014 1:13:43 PM

I have been looking for the best hardware i can have to make a gaming budget under 700$I choosed high end hardware, as you will see at my PC specs but i am really confused because i don't know which can offer me better performane, a good HDD without SSD or a cheap HDD and a cheap SSD as well?
Before i buy my PC, I asked a developer to tell me how to improve the pc I already had.
He told my not to change the HDD I had (256Gb) but buy a SSD 128Gb.
After some days i decided to build my own pc and not upgrading my old one because I wanted something better.I wanted it to be less than 700$ but the HDD i choosed was 1TB and i had no money left for a SSD.I don't really mind the storage, I need as much performance as possible.What shoud I buy?

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August 14, 2014 1:20:01 PM

A high end hdd might be better, cheap ssds arent that reliable
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a b 4 Gaming
August 14, 2014 1:21:57 PM

SSD won't give you better fps, If you install the OS and a couple of favourite games on there you will notice much faster boot times and load times, I would recommend getting a hard drive and an SSD. Your budget is fairly good to get a good PC and I would recommend (if your budget allows it) A western digital caviar blue 1TB and a Samsung 840 EVO 120GB SSD, if you can afford it though. If your budget doesn't agree then just buy the caviar blue 1TB so you can get everything on there no problem

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a c 92 G Storage
August 14, 2014 1:23:56 PM

a ssd(even the cheap ones) will be faster than a HDD(even the expensive ones). The best of both worlds(speed and capacity at a reasonable price) is achieved with a small 120GB ssd and a HDD.
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August 14, 2014 1:26:51 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($99.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.98 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: EVGA 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($46.13 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $696.02
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-14 16:26 EDT-0400
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August 14, 2014 1:38:56 PM

i think Seagate Barracuda is even better what mode should i set the hdd ;ide or ahci
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August 14, 2014 1:38:59 PM

i think Seagate Barracuda is even better what mode should i set the hdd ;ide or ahci
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August 14, 2014 1:48:46 PM

I will never again build without a SSD for the "C" drive. Everything you do is so much quicker.

A ssd is50x faster than a velociraptor in random I/o which is what the os does mostly.
It is 3x faster in sequential.
A 120gb ssd is minimum and will hold the os and a handful of games. 240g and you may never need a hard drive at all. I don't. It is easy to add a hard drive later if you will store large files such as videos.
Look to Samsung evo for reliability at a decent price.
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a b G Storage
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August 14, 2014 1:50:57 PM

None of you guys have realised the OP said 'cheap' CHEAP. A samsung evo is not cheap, at most they'd be looking at a v300 series from kingston which are crap
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August 14, 2014 2:20:29 PM

and what mode should the hdd be set to?
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a b G Storage
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August 14, 2014 2:26:00 PM

So a good hdd is better than 2 unreliable hdd and ssd, you can always get a ssd later can move the necessary files to the ssd later on, dont go cheap on these parts
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August 14, 2014 2:30:17 PM

ok i will buy a seagate barracuda 7200rpm and should i set the SATA mode to IDE or AHCI,which is faster?
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a b G Storage
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August 14, 2014 2:30:22 PM

What do you mean mode?
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a b G Storage
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August 14, 2014 2:31:27 PM

Ahci mode i better I'vehward
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August 14, 2014 2:38:41 PM

in BIOS menu the SATA mode is set to IDE (like every HDD) but the way memory is stored can be a bit changed by setting it to AHCI.IDE mode is by western digital and AHCI is by Intel.If tou want to hange it and not lose your information and your OS set IDE and AHCI values to 0 on regedit (Registry Editor) and the pc will automatically reboot.when it reboots set the mode to AHCI and you will boot normally.Then the pc will rebbot again and no information is lost.
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August 14, 2014 2:41:01 PM

ok AHCI
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August 14, 2014 2:45:48 PM

my cpu costs 200$.should i buy a cheaper one from amd fx series coz GPUs are more important in gaming and amd CPUs have more clocks
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a b G Storage
a b 4 Gaming
August 14, 2014 3:05:12 PM

Marios Asikis said:
my cpu costs 200$.should i buy a cheaper one from amd fx series coz GPUs are more important in gaming and amd CPUs have more clocks


Yes, What new gpu do you have in mind?
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August 15, 2014 3:08:30 AM

legend001523 said:
Marios Asikis said:
my cpu costs 200$.should i buy a cheaper one from amd fx series coz GPUs are more important in gaming and amd CPUs have more clocks


Yes, What new gpu do you have in mind?


I will buy Gigabyte Geforce GTX 750 Ti 2Gb
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a b G Storage
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August 15, 2014 3:10:02 AM

yea, get a fx cpu then get this one
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August 15, 2014 3:14:34 AM

legend001523 said:
yea, get a fx cpu then get this one

since amd cpus have more cores and games like crysis 3 need lots of cores, an 8 core cpu would be good, wouldnt it?but intel cpus are powerful though
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a b G Storage
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August 15, 2014 3:20:14 AM

yes this will be okay
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August 15, 2014 3:23:45 AM

legend001523 said:
yes this will be okay


i need an fx cpu under 160$
can u find me one
or an athlon one
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a b G Storage
a b 4 Gaming
August 15, 2014 3:24:49 AM

fx 6300?
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August 15, 2014 3:30:01 AM

legend001523 said:
fx 6300?


and whats its cost
my currency is euro
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a b G Storage
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August 15, 2014 3:33:02 AM

it's 73 gpb so it's 91 euros
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August 15, 2014 3:36:09 AM

legend001523 said:
it's 73 gpb so it's 91 euros


hell yeah, i ll spend 50 more euros to the GPU

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August 15, 2014 3:37:41 AM

my cpu is too hot
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a b G Storage
a b 4 Gaming
August 15, 2014 3:39:31 AM

just get a coolermaster hyper evo 212
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August 15, 2014 6:09:29 AM

my netbook is hot dude!it overheated, thats why i shut it down. 90 C do u believe it?
Saw it at Speccy
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a b G Storage
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August 15, 2014 6:10:28 AM

:/ 
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August 15, 2014 6:17:07 AM

can i increase my intel atom's speed by setting the reg_dword walue of my Mhz in regedit (which is unlimited ;D)
it is set to max, 1662 mhz.What would happen if i increased it, would it be like an overclock or would the cpu just overheat and burn my components
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a b G Storage
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August 15, 2014 6:23:18 AM

no , you cant oc your laptop cpu sry
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August 15, 2014 6:43:33 AM

i know intel atom n280 is an old processor and it isn't and it isn't designed for overclocks butwhat would a value change cause?Overheating?







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a b G Storage
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August 15, 2014 6:44:42 AM

yes, most likely
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August 15, 2014 6:49:28 AM

and performance?

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a b G Storage
a b 4 Gaming
August 15, 2014 6:51:22 AM

might increase by 5-10%
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August 15, 2014 6:54:27 AM

its value is 1662, what should i set it to
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a b G Storage
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August 15, 2014 6:55:09 AM

I don't know sorry, never overclocked before
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August 16, 2014 2:35:09 AM

You should go with mechanical HDD for game storage, but if the game like Battlefield 4 is demanding speed for loading times! then install the games on SSD which will want to load faster! some games aren't necessarily in SSD!
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