HDD vs SSD which one?

I was thinking which one to pick for my rig
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  1. Easy answer is both.

    Small SSD (128GB) for the boot drive and important programs/games, and then a TB Hard Drive for mass storage. Thats a fairly standard setup.

    But if you can only have one, a HDD.
    If you buy an SSD that will fit a gaming library, the OS, Media, files,downloads and programs you are paying so much money that you should have done my first suggestion anyway.
  2. But i thought an ssd will break easily is it true?
  3. If anything the other way round, an SSD will outlast a Hard Drive. An SSD has no moving parts inside unlike a hard drive which has spinning magnetic disk's. Only thing that could break an SSD other than just outright smashing it would be a power surge through the PC, and if that happens you will have bigger problems than the SSD.

    Here's a video that demonstrates SSD's reliability (the first bit anyway).
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQIxvC44v1g
    And skip a minute in on this one.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6zQondEvPM&feature=relmfu

    EDIT: Theres also that, NAND chips on SSD's do degrade over time. But with modern SSD's there are so many redundancies built in, advanced controllers and functions like TRIM which will keep the drive running at optimal performance. And if you use the SSD as intended, a static storage solution (so not constantly moving stuff on/off, deleting things and overwriting or *Shudder* defragging), it should last many years past a HDD.
  4. The NAND chips on SSDs eventually degrade but for a quality drive, you're talking about many many years. It'll die probably later than typical HDDs experience a mechanical failure.

    Friend of mine works for an engineering firm, and his company equips all their engineers' laptops with SSD.
  5. Ssd lifespans are shorter than Mech drives due to various issues, but they are improving all the time, I think the expectancy now is around three years,
    Basic guideline of Ssd use, only Os and favourite games on there,
    anything you value goes on your mech drive (although you still need to backup/ensure integrity on those)
    Moto
  6. Pleas rate my suggested build in my other thread and here is the build is it the best i can get for the price and im thinking of upgrading the gpu to a gtx 670 do you think its worth it?



    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] bo.1021027 $214.98 save: $25.00 - $25.00 Mail In Rebates FREE SHIPPING
    CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
    Corsair Carbide Series 500R Black Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] bo.1030095 $346.98 save: $18.00
    Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835103099 $34.99 - $29.99 after $5.00 rebate FREE SHIPPING
    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

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    G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAO

    http://www.amazon.com/Sony-AD-7280 [...] 330&sr=1-2 $17.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
    Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive (Black)

    http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barr [...] 531&sr=1-8 $86.63 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814127697 $299.99
    MSI N660Ti PE 2GD5 GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Prem [...] y_e_text_b $90.76 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

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    ASUS VS228H-P 21.5-Inch Full-HD LED Monitor (Black) | LED Backlit with 50,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio; Full 1080P with HDMI

    Total: $1,254.72 *not including shipping & rebates


    http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-JQ [...] =pd_cp_e_3 $46.89 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Microsoft SideWinder X4 Keyboard
  7. Its a pretty nice build, should be good for med-high gaming.

    Wheres your motherboard and case?

    If cash is tight the 660Ti will be plenty, but the 670 is better.
  8. Its there just read carefully the mobo is an asrock and case is a corsair carbide 500r
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