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September 21, 2010 1:58:50 AM

I'm planning on making a new computer and was wondering whether hard drive space makes a difference in the loading of a game or not. I currently have 2 1.5tb hard drives and am wondering if I buy a 3rd one, would it be suited for gaming, or are there other hard drives that make a smoother game play that are not SSD? I see a lot of people choose western digital 600gb or so, but I do need space for the files I have. Should I get a low storage hard drive for my primary and just get another 1.5 for storage, or would the 1.5 work good enough?

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a b G Storage
September 21, 2010 2:51:16 AM

carsoncb said:
I'm planning on making a new computer and was wondering whether hard drive space makes a difference in the loading of a game or not. I currently have 2 1.5tb hard drives and am wondering if I buy a 3rd one, would it be suited for gaming, or are there other hard drives that make a smoother game play that are not SSD? I see a lot of people choose western digital 600gb or so, but I do need space for the files I have. Should I get a low storage hard drive for my primary and just get another 1.5 for storage, or would the 1.5 work good enough?



It really depends on which 1.5 TB HDD you have. But if the 1.5 TB HDD and 600 GB HDD basically the same (e.g. both same model WD Caviar Black ****FALS) then you shouldn't see a difference. For example

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That 1.5 TB Caviar Black will run your Operating System and games just as fast as just about any HDD you'll find. However...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The 320 GB Samsung f4 gives you probably any HDD you can buy. But the difference between the 2 will be hardly noticeable. If you you're worried about organization you could always partition your larger HDD and put your OS and games in a separate partition from your other data. My last idea:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Get the Samsung f4 and a caviar green 2 TB for <100$ and get a ton of space and great performance for not much more than the price of a high performing 1.5 TB drive. Put your OS and games on the f4 and other data on the Caviar Green.

September 21, 2010 4:53:30 PM

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SSD..


I'm looking for space and speed, not just plain speed
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September 21, 2010 5:20:00 PM

The Samsung F3 series is highly recommended. It's decently priced and fast.
September 21, 2010 10:30:42 PM

I looked up a hard drive benchmark site:
http://www.harddrivebenchmark.net/high_end_drives.html

The Spinpoint F3 seems to be the best for under $100 while still having 1tb+

The Spinpoint F3 performs at 875 while the Western Digital performs at 830, while I don't believe that is much of a speed difference, I could buy 2 spinpoints for under the price of a western digital, so it seems like if I want a 1tb+ drive that runs fast, the best choice for under $100 would have to be the spinpoint!
a b G Storage
September 22, 2010 2:45:04 AM

I would go with the Velicoraptor. I have Velicoraptors and I do not regret their purchase. Use a Velicoraptor for your system drive and get a (or even 2 and put them in RAID 1 ) 1TB drive for Data Storage.

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a b G Storage
September 22, 2010 5:48:05 AM
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carsoncb said:
I looked up a hard drive benchmark site:
http://www.harddrivebenchmark.net/high_end_drives.html

The Spinpoint F3 seems to be the best for under $100 while still having 1tb+

The Spinpoint F3 performs at 875 while the Western Digital performs at 830, while I don't believe that is much of a speed difference, I could buy 2 spinpoints for under the price of a western digital, so it seems like if I want a 1tb+ drive that runs fast, the best choice for under $100 would have to be the spinpoint!


If you're not short of SATA ports then this is definitely the way to go. But if you're getting short on them the 2 TB Caviar black obviously doesn't require multiple ports.

RE: Velociraptors. I believe the cost is the reason for not purchasing a SSD, so that kind of eliminates the Velociraptors as well.
September 23, 2010 12:47:41 AM

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