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Do I need a bigger hard drive for games on old PC

Trying to convert a Dell Dimension DM061 to light gaming for grandkids' friends. It's got an Intel 3.0 gb chip, Nvidia 9600GT card, 3 gb of DDR2 memory. HD is 160 GB, It's running XP right now but I'm considering putting in a 500 GB hard drive with Linux (cause I'm cheap and I know the kids can play Minecraft on it fine). What I don't know is if adding a bigger hard drive to this system will in any way speed up play on games. I also figure the 3 gigs of memory is enough, though I could be wrong. Any insights?
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S Betts
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    ScottB3333 said:
    Trying to convert a Dell Dimension DM061 to light gaming for grandkids' friends. It's got an Intel 3.0 gb chip, Nvidia 9600GT card, 3 gb of DDR2 memory. HD is 160 GB, It's running XP right now but I'm considering putting in a 500 GB hard drive with Linux (cause I'm cheap and I know the kids can play Minecraft on it fine). What I don't know is if adding a bigger hard drive to this system will in any way speed up play on games. I also figure the 3 gigs of memory is enough, though I could be wrong. Any insights?
    Thanks,
    S Betts


    Probably a old drive with slower RPMS, I suggest getting a 500gb HDD with 64mb cache, that would speed up the system. Since it's light gaming everything else is fine.
  2. Newbbuilder11 said:
    ScottB3333 said:
    Trying to convert a Dell Dimension DM061 to light gaming for grandkids' friends. It's got an Intel 3.0 gb chip, Nvidia 9600GT card, 3 gb of DDR2 memory. HD is 160 GB, It's running XP right now but I'm considering putting in a 500 GB hard drive with Linux (cause I'm cheap and I know the kids can play Minecraft on it fine). What I don't know is if adding a bigger hard drive to this system will in any way speed up play on games. I also figure the 3 gigs of memory is enough, though I could be wrong. Any insights?
    Thanks,
    S Betts


    Probably a old drive with slower RPMS, I suggest getting a 500gb HDD with 64mb cache, that would speed up the system. Since it's light gaming everything else is fine.
  3. Thanks. Is there a significant speed difference between an HDD with 16 mb cache and one with 64?
  4. ScottB3333 said:
    Thanks. Is there a significant speed difference between an HDD with 16 mb cache and one with 64?


    More cache equals faster drives. And I forgot to mention you need to get a 7200 RPM 500 GB.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-hard-drive-wd5003azex

    This is a 500 gb 7200 rpm 64 mb cache HDD.
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