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upgrading storage dilemma

so I have 2 Crucial SSD with only 240 GB combine
now I'm looking for a M.2 ssd since my motherboard can support it
my dilemma I don't want to buy a 250 or 128 GB m.2 SSD
if then I use the M.2 for the Operating system only
like this one SanDisk - Z400s 64GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive..!! ($60 dollars)
But I feel like go with a HDD of 1TB it will be cheaper ($45 dollars )
so in one side I want to buy a M.2 SSD for my operating system around 64 GB or less
and my other side want go with a normal hard drive of 1TB
BUT is a mechanical hard drive not a SSD
like the Seagate 1TB BarraCuda (ST1000DM010) Hard Drive
so the options are the follow ;
buy a 64GB M.2 SSD for the operating system
then use the two Crucial SSD as storage ( combine them together)
or option 2; leave alone the current crucial SSD where I have my operating system installed
and go buy a mechanical 1TB hard drive for storage ; Games,Backup,Pictures etc etc
any advices ?

This is my system now:
Motherboard: Asus - TUF SABERTOOTH 990FX R3.0
CPU: FX 6300 4.3Ghz
RAM: Patriot - Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
GPU: MSI - Radeon RX 570 4GB GAMING X Video Card
CPU Cooling:NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler
OS SSD :Crucial - BX100 120GB
Storage SSD : Crucial - M500 120GB
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  1. It's hard to say exactly without knowing what you use your system for. If you are having space pressure from games or photos or downloads (or anything really) I think the 1 TB HDD is a no-brainer. However, if you don't need the space the M.2 would definitely be faster. However, I don't know if it would feel enough faster to make it worth spending the money. What do you hope to get from this upgrade?
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    If you're currently using a SSD for your OS, games, etc, you're most definitely going to notice a drop in performance by switching to a HDD. The performance won't terrible, but noticeable. I personally would add a separate SSD for your OS, leaving the other two SSDs for storage.

    If budget isn't an issue for you, you could keep the SSDs for your games, the new SSD for your OS, and add a HDD for things like files, documents, movies, music etc. Other than that, it's really just personal preference.
    Reply to uber9000
  3. elel said:
    It's hard to say exactly without knowing what you use your system for. If you are having space pressure from games or photos or downloads (or anything really) I think the 1 TB HDD is a no-brainer. However, if you don't need the space the M.2 would definitely be faster. However, I don't know if it would feel enough faster to make it worth spending the money. What do you hope to get from this upgrade?


    well is mostly for gaming
    and with the current total space I have right now
    I can only install 3 games
    see what is my problem now?
    SSD = Speed but low storage power
    HDD = Huge storage power but not that great with the speed
    that is my dilemma ..!!!
    Reply to decarliconrad
  4. Then the HDD might be your only option unless you can spring for a larger SSD. Depending on what games you play that take up that much space, you're gonna run into a tad bit longer loading times.
    Reply to uber9000
  5. You should save up another $30-40 and get a 250gb m.2 if you want to use your m.2 slot. A 64gb ssd is bad value and will be filled quickly. Also a sata m.2 is no faster than a 2.5" ssd. Smaller ssds are slower too. Maybe pick up the mechanical drive and save up for an nvme m.2, that would speed up the os.
    Reply to jpe1701
  6. I do see what you're up against there. I've been assuming that you'd leave the OS on one of the SSDs, use the HDD for bulk storage, and use the other SSD for things you want to go quickly. As you say that you can only install 3 games right now, if you get the m.2 drive that number would only increase to 6. I think I agree with the other answers here that getting the HDD for now would be the best money spent and then you can look at getting larger SSDs in the future. That way right now you'll still have one SSD for the games you want to load fast but you won't have to be re-installing all the time. Also, nice gaming build for the budget; looks like a pretty good CPU/GPU balance.
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  7. elel said:
    I do see what you're up against there. I've been assuming that you'd leave the OS on one of the SSDs, use the HDD for bulk storage, and use the other SSD for things you want to go quickly. As you say that you can only install 3 games right now, if you get the m.2 drive that number would only increase to 6. I think I agree with the other answers here that getting the HDD for now would be the best money spent and then you can look at getting larger SSDs in the future. That way right now you'll still have one SSD for the games you want to load fast but you won't have to be re-installing all the time. Also, nice gaming build for the budget; looks like a pretty good CPU/GPU balance.

    thanks
    it take me 3 days to decide
    I'm going to get a M.2 SSD 128GB for the operating system
    then I use those two crucial SSD for storage and backup
    yeah I think that is the best option for me..!!
    Reply to decarliconrad
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