ssd for games and another for OS

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  1. reeve1987

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    so my computer is overgoing a massive revamp at the moment.

    its got an i7 cpu at the heart and will be running a GTX460 soon enough.


    im upgrading the OS hdd (one way or another) to an SSD

    im wondering would there be any improvement if i had a second SSD to install the games on?

    i want to keep the OS on a completely seperate drive from any other program, data or game.

    would the end result be the same if the games where installed on a standard HDD or would there be an improvement in read/write speeds for gaming performance?

    after looking on my current hdd my program files folder has over 72gb of data so currently cleaning that up. but the hdd config would look like this:

    c: / 32gb / SSD / OS
    d: / 64gb / SSD / games
    e: / 2tb / HDD / data (videos, music, photo's, docs, ect)
     
  2. Greg Hook

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    There should definitely be an improvement. I have my games on an SSD and when I used to play COD:MW2 it took a couple of seconds to load compared to others with normal HDDs taking a while.

    It depends how many games you play and have installed at once. Modern games, 64GB is maybe 10/15 games, so plenty really.

    Looks like a great setup!
     
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    You play small games, I've got several game folders over 15GB.

    In all the SSD reviews I've seen the improvement on game loading times is about 25-50%. That's only over a single hard drive though, a pair of drives in RAID 0 offers similar or better loading times, is cheaper and won't force you to uninstall games every time you get a new one.
     
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    well i was thinking that they would be stand alone drives, not in a raid setup.

    although once the games SSD was full i would buy another SSD and set that in which ever raid mode ties the 2 drives together so windows seems to think they are one larger drive.

    i have little experience with raid lol
     
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    If you wanted to add a second SSD in RAID0 you would need to expunge all data on the existing SSD (FYI).
     
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    so wich of the two configs would yield the best gaming performance

    SSD - os
    SSD - gaming
    HD - data

    or

    SSD os
    HDD gaming
    HDD data?
     
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    Just a thought, what are your reasons for having a drive solely for the OS? I realise installing things bogs it down etc, but I have had my SSD as my OS and game drive for months now and it still is as quick as ever.

    Perhaps try going for something like a 120GB SSD for the OS and some games and the other main drive for pics, music and other games.

    Some games I have installed to my SSD purely as I want them to load very fast and run very well. Others that are not so critical I have installed to my other normal hard drive.
     
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    because i can get a 32gb and a 64gb alot cheaper than 120gb and i cant afford a 120gb.

    i dont want programs installed on my o/s drive because it does bog it down and because i find it alot easier to find specific files to each program having them installed on a seperate drive/partition

    plus prior to the reinstall. i had 70+gb under program files and could only account for 40gb worth
     
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    OK I understand that fine. :)

    In that case, personally I would go for what you suggested.

    SSD - OS
    SSD - Gaming
    HDD - Other stuff (porn? :devil:)
     
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    They'd give identical in-game performance.

    Assuming the second one is only a single HDD then the first one would provide faster loading times.
     
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    thanks fellas!

    and greg, after watching the most recent remake of piranah, i wont be watching porn anytime soon! lol
     
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    Faster loading times for games will only be achieved if the game is on the ssd itself, that said, hdd access times arent shoddy by any stretch and with ram/cpu/gpu taking up the loads, the game shouldnt have any really noticable pauses on a hdd.

    Save your cash and use an ssd for OS only
     
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    cheers for that!

    i will just take the money from the 32gb SSD and add to what i have for the 64GB SSD and save a little more n get an even larger SSD then install games, programs and data to the HDD and have the SSD purely for windows 7. (lets face it, updates are never ending and getting bigger n bigger)
     
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    sata 3gbp/s setups will benefit most from the sandforce 1200 range of drives for their fast writes, look for mushkin callisto, ocz vertex 2e, g.skill phoenix etc.

    A vertex 2e 60gb (which i personally use) can be had for about 90 quid and comfortably holds a full win7 install and 3 full modern gaem installs with space left over. I also keep a few gig of photos on mine and have space spare.

    The 120 gb drives are coming down and a bit of shopping about can unearth some great deals.

    sata 6gbp/s systems currently enjoy the c300 range with its fast read speeds though slightly slower writes than sandforce 1200.

    Mainstream pricing to performance ratio, you dont want to be looking outside those two options as they either become really expensive or just poot performance by comparison.
     
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    tbh I wouldn't bother with SSD for gaming, unless you buy one of those 400GB models..which are...cheap.
    Why not 2TB Western Digital black for games, with a SSD for OS? I've put OS on a old 320GB HD and it's fast, since Windows 7 chucks a lot of the OS in RAM it's pretty nippy.
     
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    well i have lots of information here.

    its going to take some thinking over.

    i made a 32gb partition to install my os on (in my regular hdd) and thanks to games for windows live instaling on the o/s partition when i downloaded a closed beta game im taking part in i had to increase that partition to 64gb (the next size up in the SSD general size range)

    so a 32GB definatly wont be big enough
     
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    Checking my Windows 7 64 bit drive, \Windows directory is 14GB. Excluding paging, hibernation and restore points it's 22GB in size. A few things installed but just usual drivers, all latest updates a few bits of software but nothing too large ie not Photoshop or MS Office.

    So a 60GB SSD will be fine, but not way 32GB SSD once you factor in allocated post formatted size.
     

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