Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question
Solved

Memory vs Hard Drive

Last response: in Memory
Share
January 3, 2011 5:26:33 PM

I will be purchasing a computer in about a month from now. I have been doing some research and have been learning quite a bit (many thanks to this forum). I would even venture to say i am close to attempting my 1st build.

My question is for a budget gaming build.

would it be better to spend the money on a 300GB Velociraptor 10000 rpm and go with 4 GB of Ram
or
go with a 1 TB hard drive w/ 7200 rmp and 6-8GB of ram.

is more ram better than a high speed HD rpm?

More about : memory hard drive

a b } Memory
January 3, 2011 5:56:44 PM

Go for the 1TB HDD and more memory option. Modern HDDs are plenty fast, even the non-Velociraptor ones. The additional memory will also help with system performance for gaming and multi-tasking. If you truly need lightening fast response times for your OS, then you need to go the SSD route.

Good luck!
m
0
l
a b } Memory
January 3, 2011 6:08:28 PM

It won't make much difference if you go for the velocirator instead from a good 7200rpm, bechmark transfer rates don't mean anything as to system snappiness it all depends on the access times.

You'd be much better with a small ssd for OS and apps and 500gb HDD for storage with 4gb ram.

velociraptor 300gb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $170

F3 500gb + 64gb vertex 2 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... --- $175

That'll give day/ night difference in performance even from a 10000rmp HDD.

To give you an idea, a single fast HDD scores 5.9 on the WEI(win experience index), and when you add a second HDD it doubles the transfer rates on the benchmarks but WEI is still 5.9, but if you put a SSD that gets about the same MB/s it goes up to 7.5+, all because it takes access times as the most important thing.
m
0
l
Related resources
January 3, 2011 6:53:29 PM

ok now my head is about to explode...lol


I can have both SSD and a HDD on the same computer?
What is considered a small SSD? a 30GB SSD is about the same price as a 1 TB HDD 7200 rpm. Would that be considered a small SSD?

m
0
l

Best solution

a b } Memory
January 3, 2011 8:49:09 PM

Yes you can have a HDD and SSD at the same time.

By small SSD I mean about 60gb, 30gb is too little space for win7 as the installation itselftakes up 25 gb, 60gb will be plenty for OS with all the updates, drivers, apps and even some games.

If you want amazing performance and plenty of storage for your data, SSD+HDD is the way to go, for the same price the velociraptor ain't worth it, because you will get alot better performance with the SSD and also more storage with the 500gb HDD, use the HDD for all personal files and games.
Share
a c 106 } Memory
January 3, 2011 10:02:56 PM

1) Windows-7 will take about 13gb. A 40gb is workable, but to hold a few games, 64gb would be better.
Add a cheap storage drive if you need more room.

2) 4gb is good for gaming, but if you do lots of multitasking, then get more. Ram is cheap.
m
0
l
January 3, 2011 11:23:41 PM

thanks for this info...i think i will go with both

if i were building this how would i get the computer to download the os on the ssd and not the hdd? would that be in the bios set up?

then does everything else get downloaded on to the HDD?
m
0
l
January 3, 2011 11:24:38 PM

Best answer selected by seller417.
m
0
l
a b } Memory
January 4, 2011 12:05:20 AM

By downloaded I guess you mean installed.

In the windows installation program it will ask which drive you want it to be installed in, just choose the SSD from there
m
0
l
January 4, 2011 1:49:38 PM

Thank you for all your answers...there were a couple 'best answers', but i could only select one.
m
0
l
a c 347 } Memory
January 4, 2011 2:10:07 PM

Frankly, having 10 PCs with SSD's {128GB SSD/OS + Apps + RAID 1/1TB HDD/Data} 60GB is also too small, I would look at Crucial, OCZ or Corsair SSDs with 120~128GB capacities and a 1TB/7200 RPM/32~64MB Cache HDD. The Raptor drives aren't that fast and a big waste of $.

You really want an SSD with enough capacity to support BOTH OS + Apps.

Assortment of SSD + RevoDrive -> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|20-148-348^20-148-348-TS,20-227-551^20-227-551-TS,20-227-578^20-227-578-TS,20-233-125^20-233-125-TS,20-233-107^20-233-107-TS
m
0
l
!