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Do I need a HDD and an SSD in my desktop? (Gaming purposes)

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July 9, 2012 6:38:08 PM

Do I need to put an SSD drive in my P.C along with a HDD or can i choose one, and if so which will be better for gaming?

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July 9, 2012 6:55:14 PM

All a SSD really does for gaming is quicker load times. Usually you would get a SSD for the OS and a few games and then a HDD for storage space since its a lot cheaper.
a b 4 Gaming
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July 9, 2012 7:30:35 PM

Right. It only helps level loads for gaming, but it helps them a lot. If you need to store images/music/movies I'd get one of each. Otherwise, just the biggest SSD you can afford (well, up to 256GB - after that, I'd say you may be clinging to too many old games).
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July 9, 2012 8:26:24 PM

Yes do want that for few reasons. But u can get away with that. If u have a fast HDD.

This one deals with small files just fine and that's what u need.


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July 9, 2012 8:50:18 PM

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Do I need to put an SSD drive in my P.C along with a HDD or can i choose one, and if so which will be better for gaming?


NO. You do not need both drives, but many enjoy using both. An alternative for you if you have not already purchased is to buy a hybrid drive, and get the best of both worlds (to an extent) for much less money.

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

Edit...That Samsung above my post is a HELL of a good deal though.
July 10, 2012 2:54:20 AM

I have one of those Samsung 830s, a 256gb one, and it's great.
a b 4 Gaming
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July 10, 2012 3:11:01 AM

Game loading SSD vs HDD:
The difference isn't as much as you might think. I've seen actual reviews and tried it myself.

When a game first starts, there are sometimes cut scenes that can't be cancelled as well as the CPU and GPU sorting out the textures etc.

The games I tested varied from about 5% to 25% faster loading and that's comparing a hard drive to a 3xRAID0 (max 700MBytes/second).

It surprised me too.

The Windows experience is a different story. I had a failed SSD and temporarily went back to a 300GB Velociraptor. Fast, right? My system felt sluggish booting and opening apps despite my 8GB of RAM.

That Samsung 830 is a great SSD. It's not just about performance; many of the SSD's have short-term and long-term issues. I watched a blog with PC Perspective and they covered SSD's and the conclusion was: best is Intel/Samsung but Samsung 830 wins for price.
a b 4 Gaming
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July 10, 2012 4:12:58 AM

Guess your mileage may vary. I had a velociraptor and didn't get into BF3 maps until everyone else was already taking flags. Now I'm waiting on them. In Skyrim, sometimes the loading text that's about a sentence long disappear before I can read the whole thing. And my SSD is "old."
July 10, 2012 5:35:28 AM

SSD are great but if your on a budget its better with a normal hard DRive alone, just be sure that the drive has alot of cache, like 64mb cache so it runs smooth
a b 4 Gaming
July 10, 2012 6:24:25 AM

It's not worth paying the extra $90+ for 10 seconds.
July 10, 2012 12:15:54 PM

amuffin said:
It's not worth paying the extra $90+ for 10 seconds.


Depending on what you are doing, that 10 seconds adds up over the course of a day very quickly.
a b 4 Gaming
July 12, 2012 5:46:08 AM

Then people shouldn't be spending that time gaming :p 
July 12, 2012 3:41:45 PM

amuffin said:
Then people shouldn't be spending that time gaming :p 


Got it! Thanks! OK all, Wanting to sell my SSD Vertex 3. Looking for a sucker to double down on my obvious bad purchase decision!
a b 4 Gaming
a b G Storage
July 12, 2012 3:45:45 PM

^ LOL. I only use my PC for gaming and surfing and would not trade my "old" SSD for anything. Will never own another mechanical drive in my gaming rigs (other PC for media is a different story).
a b 4 Gaming
July 15, 2012 7:21:49 AM

Limited writes ftw!
a b 4 Gaming
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July 15, 2012 7:39:56 AM

Average user will never reach the end of limited writes. Even on old SSD.
a b 4 Gaming
July 15, 2012 10:32:53 PM

Windows writes a ton of files :p 
a b 4 Gaming
a b G Storage
July 15, 2012 10:50:52 PM

And that's good, amufffin, since that will eventually force me to buy a bigger, faster SSD. I love it! Great ploy by the SSD makers.
a b 4 Gaming
a b G Storage
July 16, 2012 12:09:37 AM

8.13 TB=8325.12 of writes and still @ 100%

Its only 50GB and its bit old today with SATA2 interface.

a b 4 Gaming
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July 16, 2012 12:13:11 AM

15044hrs = 626.83 days of run time.
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May 27, 2013 12:25:56 AM

nikorr said:
15044hrs = 626.83 days of run time.
And the power on count is 729 so that fits rather well for a machine that is on for most of each day for approximately 2 years. One of my older machines has similar stats.

The statistic of note is down the list - E7 SSD life left = 100%

To answer the OP - yes, an SSD can make a game changing difference for some games. In EVE online entering space from a station leaves you vulnerable until your environment has loaded. That loading time is shorter from an SSD. Under certain game scenarios a 5 second difference can mean remaining intact or losing your ship and being in your pod.


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