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April 22, 2012 9:47:22 PM

Ok right now i am using a SATA 2 1.5TB seagate HD,but not only am i slowly running out of space,also according to my windows index it is my limiting factor with a score of only 5.9(the rest of my rig is 7.7 across the board)and i would like to not only balance my rig,now my first thought is an SSD,i can't afford to buy a big one, (i only bring in about $400 every 2 weeks,but only have a few small bills,cause i live with family,just to give you guys an idea of my budget),and if i am going to be buying one i want all of my pc to benefit from it(meaning i also want my games to benefit)but one problem is my steam folder is really big(438GB) and the cheapest 512 gb ssd is almost $600 i don't think i can afford that lol.

So what would be the best cheap option for me?

P.S. My mobo does have SATA3 and USB3 support.

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a b G Storage
April 22, 2012 9:57:40 PM

Well you've got 2 problems here. First, you are running out of space. That problem is not a good problem for an SSD purchase to try to solve considering the cost per GB. The second problem, performance, is a problem that an SSD will easily fix. Now the options basically boil down to either a hard drive for more storage space or an SSD for more speed. Your pick.
April 22, 2012 10:06:02 PM

Well is there no mixture of SSD,HDD,and external hdd,that would fix my problem?
Cause one thing i was just thinking about is linus from NCIX,stores his steam games on a USB3 external hdd,would something like that be better than storing on my cutrrent sata2 drive?
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a b G Storage
April 22, 2012 10:13:55 PM

Sure there's certainly a mixture of things that will solve your problem. I'd not go with the USB3 drive though. Linus probably does that because he needs to transport his collection to the various machines he benchmarks. I'd go with an SSD+HDD setup.

The new Intel SSD 330 would be my current recommendation for a boot drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I've got a WD Caviar Black 1TB drive and it's been rock solid so I have no problem recommending it
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a c 351 G Storage
April 22, 2012 10:16:33 PM

USB3 drive would be slower than a HDD connected directly to SATA port.

A 3rd option is the new sata III Seagate HDD that has a built in 8 gig SLC SSD.
The SSD will improve Loading OS and Programs (just NOT as well as a dedicated SSD) and add about 750 Gigs more space.
$160 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
NOTE: This is a 2 1/2 in (Notebook) drive. Check out the reviews.

Bear in mind that even with an SSD, programs do NOT run faster, just load faster.
a b G Storage
April 22, 2012 10:18:52 PM

RetiredChief said:
USB3 drive would be slower than a HDD connected directly to SATA port.

A 3rd option is the new sata III Seagate HDD that has a built in 8 gig SLC SSD.
The SSD will improve Loading OS and Programs (just NOT as well as a dedicated SSD) and add about 750 Gigs more space.

Bear in mind that even with an SSD, programs do NOT run faster, just load faster.


Great thought! I didn't think to recommend the Momentus XT. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That's definitely the option I go for on a budget, but if you can afford an SSD and a HDD, my previous suggestion is the way to go for max performance.
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