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Gaming Laptop - How much SSD is needed?

So in my search for a high-end desktop replacement laptop that can play the lastest games on the highest settings at a resolution of at least 1920x1080 and maintaining 40-60 FPS, I've been trying to configure a system that will keep me under $5k USD, while still including the latest CPU and GPUs (SB core i7 - 2920XM and nvidia 485M), and the fast loading power of SSDs.

My question is, how much SSD should I get for a laptop? Most of the desktop replacement models I'm looking at have 3 HDD bay options available, but some only two. I would like at least 500GB of over all storage. Is having all SSD HDD capacity necessary to keep my load speeds up, or would having for example, one 160GB SSD and then a slower 500GB 7200 RPM HDD be good enough? The other consideration was system temperature - I know the SSDs keep the weight of the system down as well as the heat produced.

Any help here is appreciated.
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  1. 160GB SSD/500GB 7200 RPM 32MB HDD is a decent can install the OS and your primary apps in the SSD and keep your movies,pictures and other apps in the HDD.
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    $5k would be easy .... howz $3700

    17.3" 1920 x 1080 Full HD (16:9) LED Backlit Glare Type Display
    Intel Core i7 Extreme i7-2920XM Processor, 2.5 GHz, 8MB Smart Cache
    FREE! IC Diamond Thermal Compound on CPU + GPU
    16GB, PC3-10600/1333Mhz DDR3 - 4 x 4GB
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485M w/2GB GDDR5
    128GB Crucial C300 SATA III Solid State Drive
    500/7200rpm GB Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid Drive w/4G SSD Memory
    6x Max. Blu-Ray Reader / 8x Max. DVD±R/2.4X Max. +DL Super-Multi Drive
    Windows 7 Professional Edition 64-bit
    8 Cells Lithium-Ion Battery Pack 76.96WH
    Intel Ultimate-N 6300 Wi-Fi
    1 Year Premium Parts Warranty + 3 Year Labor
    # Built-In 2.0M Pixels Digital Video Camera
    # Built-In Fingerprint Reader
    # Built-In Gigabit Ethernet LAN
    # Built-In 9-IN-1 Flash Memory Reader(MMC/RSMMC/MS/MS Pro/MS DUO/SD/Mini-SD/SDHC/SDXC)
    # 1 IEEE-1394a Fire Wire
    # 2 USB 2.0 Ports
    # 2 USB 3.0 Ports
    # 1 eSATA Port
    # 1 HDMI Output
    # 1 DVI-I Port
    # 1 CATV Port
    # 1 Kensington Lock Port
    # Built-in Microphone, 5 Speakers and 1 Sub-Woofer
    # 4 Audio Jacks for Headphone, Microphone-In, S/PDIF-Out, and Line-In
    # 100/240V Autoswitch AC Adapter
    # Standard Carrying Case with Strap

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  4. Best answer selected by warren024.
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