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February 27, 2013 2:20:15 AM

Im converting to SSD.. obviously

im planning to run games on it to get better performance.
will i see much of a difference?

i assume it would since im playing games like arma and skyrim
but what really should i expect?

and should i reload windows onto SSD or just put games on for now? (planning to build Intel pc towards end of year)
i also read somewhere that you should load Origin (or steam)? on SSD to if the games are sold through those platforms.
any truth to that or recommendation?

Im looking at a.. this 840

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

at that price, i feel like im obligated.

AMD 955 4.0
GIGABYTE 970 Sata 6Gb/s
WD Black 750GB 7200
Antec 650W
G.Skill 8GB

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February 27, 2013 4:33:38 AM

Hi jamiel. To me, a lot of it depends on your RAM, but SSDs make computer life much easier. I'm not sure on your knowledge of computers. I wish that I knew whether or not operating the game is done solely online somewhere via servers such as Steam. Maybe someone can clear this up. If the source of the game files are hard drives, then a crucial portion of the game experience, as you may know, is made in the process of swapping files back and forth between the hard drive and the RAM. Therefore hard drive speed is an important part of their communication since both of them are being used during gameplay. I use a SSD myself. I wonder if I remember correctly that paging files (virtual memory) use certain files that are of a particular format, whereas the RAM uses other formats of files. I would like to know. If paging files are used, an SSD is definitely the clear choice over an until recently traditional HDD, of course because virtual memory is store on the hard drive, making the hard drive speed operative in that way. I heard somewhere that paging files don't need to be controlled by the OS because you can set it to allocate a much smaller amount of hard drive space than what the OS will tell you it needs. By the way, I recommend using an app called Cacheman. It manages RAM usage. It dumps files that your system isn't using anymore, i.e. applications that leak memory when they aren't running anymore. You can also manage your paging file through Cacheman with the licensed mode. Modern games don't use a ROM during gameplay and I presume the reason for it is that the rest of the system operates the game quicker without using the ROM. Sorry, I am clueless on knowing exactly what portion of the files are stored online via Steam or whatever. I do know that at the very least Steam puts saved game files on their server. So yes, an SSD will help. As long as you buy plenty of system RAM and have a graphics card with plenty of capable RAM on it, you will not have a problem running those games with the specs that you gave. I am a little skeptical on what people say of main RAM not making a lot of difference on its speed. I use 1.8GHz RAM and I say that it makes a lot of difference, especially when running a lot of RAM intensive apps. or one very big app like a game. If you are interested in spending a little extra money to get a seamless frame rate playing your games, I recommend a video card with plenty of memory on the card and plenty of speed. These days computer components are relatively cheap now. Processors are very competitive in terms of sales between AMD and Intel of course, so the competition helps put out very good processors for relatively cheap money.
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February 27, 2013 4:44:27 AM

Another thing - put Windows on the SSD; it will help operate apps and processes faster. If I am not mistaken, access time on an SSD is basically the same whether accessing a little used program or an often used program. HDDs rely on mechanical parts which are much slower than the electronic SSD.
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February 27, 2013 5:21:48 AM

U will need to put the OS in the SSD, background process of the OS will get the most improvement from the SSD, hence it will not hinder the increased game performance from ssd....

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February 27, 2013 5:22:51 AM

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February 27, 2013 2:04:45 PM

what is the easiest process to change over OS to a new SSD? any articles available?
or is it simply installing OS to SSD and changing that drive to boot drive?

Down the road.. can i just install this new SSD into a homebuilt intel pc (running amd now) and have that work correctly? or do i have to install OS again to have it work with mobo?
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February 27, 2013 3:02:23 PM

install SSD only into computer (it should be the only drive) - install windows - install motherboard drivers then network drivers - run windows update untill there's none left to install - install video drivers if necessary - install any other HDD you have - install programs onto whichever drive you want
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February 27, 2013 3:43:48 PM

@ Dingo, I agree with you. But do you know if game servers are used for all purpose files or do they only store saved game files in the cloud?
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February 27, 2013 4:00:56 PM

dragonfly52277 said:
@ Dingo, I agree with you. But do you know if game servers are used for all purpose files or do they only store saved game files in the cloud?

depends on the game... I use Steam to play CIV 5 and Skyrim, and there's lots of files and saves on my drive - I don't rely on the cloud because... well... it's the cloud - at any moment it could disappear!
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February 27, 2013 4:03:20 PM

dingo07 said:
install SSD only into computer (it should be the only drive) - install windows - install motherboard drivers then network drivers - run windows update untill there's none left to install - install video drivers if necessary - install any other HDD you have - install programs onto whichever drive you want


okay for clarification, i unplug my HDD. then install SSD and load OS and drivers onto it.. this will make it the boot up drive (or do i have to manually set it up for boot up Drive?). then plug my HDD back in.

Do i have to uninstall OS from HDD? or is it fine?

and if i want to Install say skyrim on ssd, is it better to just uninstall from HDD then reinstall on SSD? or should i UNinstall Steam and reinstall it on SSD?

i dont want all of steam/or origin games on ssd.. just possibly fav 3 ?

if i install steam onto SSD will that keep all games and their data stored on HDD with no problems?

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