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January 27, 2012 5:43:33 AM

ok so i was orginally planning on getting this for my first build
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
instead i think i will get this because there is no need for 1tb of mem
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
whats a viable upgrade with the money im saving im already set on a hafx h100pushpull 16gigs corsair vengance 999 24 i52500k asrock z68 fatality gen3 razer black widow and deathadder black edition astromixamp pro and audio technica ath-ad700s and a xfx r7970 disk drive is gonna be a bluray samsung combo drive . so should i upgrade anything and if so what should i do with the cash id have from going to the 160gb or should i get 2 of those and run a raid 0? and yes i know 16gb is overkill

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January 27, 2012 7:23:08 AM

If you plan on going that low with storage, how about just getting a 120GB Sandforce based SataIII SSD ?
You can get them for about $160 after rebates, sometimes even cheaper.

Corsair Force GT 120GB $179.99 ( before $30 MIR )
OCZ Vertex 3 120GB $189.99 ( before $20 MIR )
January 27, 2012 3:15:49 PM

i was actually thinking of getting like a 120gb hhd for my os boot drive and a small ssd for loading games and such..or do i want that the other way around all ive heard ssds doing is being the same thing as a hdd drive only chips and there faster
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January 27, 2012 3:47:12 PM

If anything you want the SSD as your boot drive - you'll notice the snappiness of the OS and any programs on the drive. I'm with rvilkman - just get a larger SSD (120GB-160GB) rather than a small HDD and small SSD. You'll spend about the same $$ since the HDD prices are inflated.
January 27, 2012 3:58:45 PM

can i use a ssd for all of my main storgage like my games and all aswell?
January 27, 2012 4:24:21 PM

Yeah - it's just like a normal HDD, so you can install Windows and games/applications all on the same C: drive.
January 27, 2012 4:32:08 PM

as this is my first build, how much storage does win7 home premium 64bit use? i seen a 120gb ssd sata 2.0 in the same price area as the 1tb samsung
January 27, 2012 4:50:21 PM

64bit will take up about 20-25GB after updates, and you'll need to reduce your pagefile.sys and turn off hiberfile.sys (hibernation). Those will take up as much space as your RAM (in my case 16GB RAM = 16GB pagefile).

I use a 64GB drive as my boot drive, and I have ~15GB free (I have Office and another program/two that take up significant space installed on it as well).
January 27, 2012 5:02:18 PM

robthatguyx said:
as this is my first build, how much storage does win7 home premium 64bit use? i seen a 120gb ssd sata 2.0 in the same price area as the 1tb samsung


I use a 120gb SSD for everything. It has w7-64 bit, half a dozen games, and 4gb of photos.
There is 28gb free out of 111gb useable with no attempt to conserve space.

Considering the current high prices of hard drives, starting with just a SSD sounds like a good plan to me.
Expect to pay $1.50 per gb. SSD performance among all current ssd's is remarkably similar in real world usage. Do not be much influenced by glowing synthetic benchmarks which are unrealistic.

Reliability does count.
Look for Intel, Samsung, or crucial in that order.

And... The value in a 1tb drive over a 160gb drive is that larger drives are faster, particularly when using the first 10% of a drive.
That is because the platters are denser, and can transfer more data per revolution.
January 27, 2012 5:03:39 PM

There's a post near the bottom of this thread that has the right links to the guides to turn off the pagefile and hiberfile: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum2.php?config=tom...

The Mushkin SSDs are pretty good. Depending on if you have SATA III, you may want to invest the extra few $$ to get a SATA III drive.
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