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June 25, 2012 7:29:37 AM

Hi, im looking at getting a Corsair Force 3 120gb SSD in my new build and below is what im looking to put on said SSD:

- Windows 7
- Battlefield 3 (through origin)
- The Witcher 2 (non steam)
- Skyrim

What i would like to ask about the SSD is below:

1. Would installing ARMA II (with DayZ) on my SSD increase performance, as the map is constantly being called from the HDD when i play it now, so it should load faster, right?

2. I've found this from Lifehacker (http://lifehacker.com/5802838/how-to-maximize-the-life-...) would you guys agree with whats in this post?

3. Is it possible to change where my Steam installs to? I'd like it to go to my 2tb HDD.

4. How do i know whether the motherboard im going to get supports TRIM software?

Finally, 5. Is there anyone who uses a SSD for gaming that can give me a realistic life time on the SSD?

Thanks guys.

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a b G Storage
June 25, 2012 7:47:30 AM

Maps will load faster

Steam installs to its own directory. you may be able to.change that in options, or yih can just move steam. steam mover will let you swap games on and off the drive

TRIM is supported by windows 7 and AHCI.

Your SSD is not going to wear out from normal use.
June 26, 2012 7:23:28 AM

unksol said:
Maps will load faster

Steam installs to its own directory. you may be able to.change that in options, or yih can just move steam. steam mover will let you swap games on and off the drive

TRIM is supported by windows 7 and AHCI.

Your SSD is not going to wear out from normal use.


Sorry for long wait on reply. I heard that SSD's can be formatted to IDE or AHCI modes, whats the difference?
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a b G Storage
June 26, 2012 8:01:20 AM

IDE is for older legacy drives that use an IDE connection (big-ribbon cable). AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface), is basically for drives that uses SATA. Use AHCI to get the performance benefits from an SSD.

In order to answer your questions:
1) Yes, it will load faster. But SSD's do not increase performance such as frames per second.
2) Yes, I agree with most of the points on there. Personally, I turned off pagefile, superfetch, defrag, hibernation, and search indexing.
3) Of course, when you first install Steam you can custom install the program on to your HDD. (whenever you install a new game, all your games will install where you installed Steam).
4) Any motherboards that has SATA ports and AHCI in the options will have the TRIM function.
5) I have a Crucial M4 (SATA III) plugged into a SATA II port. It's fast, boot time and everything else loads faster and it's amazing.

Look at this youtube video on the older Intel SSD X-25M (SATA II):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8HJEZjxiws

The times will be much faster in the current generation SSD's
June 26, 2012 8:04:43 AM

trundley said:
Sorry for long wait on reply. I heard that SSD's can be formatted to IDE or AHCI modes, whats the difference?


Tip: NEVER FORMAT A SSD.

Now, IDE and AHCI are modes that your motherboard/start up screen will detect your drive setup. IDE is for older OS's(Windows XP) but work for all future ones as well. AHCI is for the newer standard, Windows 7 specifically because of TRIM support. IDE or AHCI is a BIOS setting, not a OS one.

Better explanation of AHCI;
http://www.sevenforums.com/general-discussion/45221-ahc...

AHCI vs. IDE;
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

All in all, if you're not going to use Windows XP then go into your BIOS and set it to AHCI mode and install Windows 7 ;) 
June 26, 2012 1:20:22 PM

Im not actually building the computer myself, im going to www.dinopc.co.uk and ordering from them. I've been told at the end of the customisation and purchasing procedure there is a comments box which will allow me to add notes for who ever is building this computer. When i recieve it, how will i know its in AHCI?

Im only asking because when i got my laptop the 2 HDDs were meant to be at raid 0 and i never noticed they werent for ages.
a b G Storage
June 26, 2012 9:25:54 PM

In the BIOS, before installing Win 7, you must change your SATA controllers to AHCI. You have to make sure no other drives are plugged in and only your SSD is plugged in when installing win 7.

Then you can confirm it when you go to Device manager:
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/268/capturemyu.png...
June 28, 2012 7:20:50 PM

fantastik250 said:
In the BIOS, before installing Win 7, you must change your SATA controllers to AHCI. You have to make sure no other drives are plugged in and only your SSD is plugged in when installing win 7.

Then you can confirm it when you go to Device manager:
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/268/capturemyu.png...


Ah fantastic! Thanks for the help :bounce: 
a b G Storage
June 28, 2012 9:10:49 PM

trundley said:
Hi, im looking at getting a Corsair Force 3 120gb SSD in my new build and below is what im looking to put on said SSD:

- Windows 7
- Battlefield 3 (through origin)
- The Witcher 2 (non steam)
- Skyrim

What i would like to ask about the SSD is below:

1. Would installing ARMA II (with DayZ) on my SSD increase performance, as the map is constantly being called from the HDD when i play it now, so it should load faster, right?

2. I've found this from Lifehacker (http://lifehacker.com/5802838/how-to-maximize-the-life-...) would you guys agree with whats in this post?

3. Is it possible to change where my Steam installs to? I'd like it to go to my 2tb HDD.

4. How do i know whether the motherboard im going to get supports TRIM software?

Finally, 5. Is there anyone who uses a SSD for gaming that can give me a realistic life time on the SSD?

Thanks guys.


1) It will not increase FPS, but if it pulls maps of the HDD, then an SSD will decrease the time it requires for those maps to be pulled by a very large amount.

2) Somewhat, but its not necessary. As long as TRIM is running, you will be fine. No need to bother with any of that, except do not defragment.

3) Yes, steam installs games to its own installation directory. If you want games to be installed on your HDD, install it on that HDD. You cannot install steam on an SSD and then change game installation directories, it will install to is own

4) Its about the SSD and OS. Windows 7 and 8 support TRIM, and so do some versions of Linux I believe. Not sure about mac OS.

5) Easily 5-10 years. SSD's have a limited lifespan, but its far longer than any HDD.
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