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Topic # 150251 16-Jul-2014 13:49
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Looking at getting a 120Gb SSD (would look larger but budget dictates at this point), but wondering how I should use it.....  I'm bit of a gamer and those games live on a 250GB partition (E: - approx 120GB used).
All my drives are currently 7200RPM mechanical (Seagate/WD)

Common sense would say to use the SSD for the games drive, as thats where most of the thrashing/loading will occur.....  yet another bit of me is saying to use it for the boot drive and swap file......

So, poll time...

What do I use the SSD for :

A) Games drive
B) OS drive

TIA :)


PS: My PC stays turned on most of the time, and when I do need to reboot, its reasonably quick to load back into Windows.





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  Reply # 1089960 16-Jul-2014 13:56
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Personally, I spent a bit more got a 250GB and use it for OS and games. All photos are currently on there too, but am in the process of moving all media onto the server/nas.
So it will be dedicated to just the OS and games and essential apps.

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  Reply # 1089964 16-Jul-2014 13:58
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If you're budgeting on SSDs sold in NZ, I would look at amazon and go for a 256 so you can run both your games and OS on it for around the price of a 128GB from NZ

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  Reply # 1089971 16-Jul-2014 14:07
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xpd: Looking at getting a 120Gb SSD (would look larger but budget dictates at this point), but wondering how I should use it.....  I'm bit of a gamer and those games live on a 250GB partition (E: - approx 120GB used).
All my drives are currently 7200RPM mechanical (Seagate/WD)

Common sense would say to use the SSD for the games drive, as thats where most of the thrashing/loading will occur.....  yet another bit of me is saying to use it for the boot drive and swap file......

So, poll time...

What do I use the SSD for :

A) Games drive
B) OS drive

TIA :)


PS: My PC stays turned on most of the time, and when I do need to reboot, its reasonably quick to load back into Windows.



If you're using Windows I'd put the OS (inc paging file) on the SSD and the games on the mechanical drive.  The reading of the game resources is generally sequential so the performance gain is less than the gain you'll get from the OS being on the SSD.  I did this for my son on an old laptop.  It ran Minecraft as fast as my Dell XPS15.

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  Reply # 1089990 16-Jul-2014 14:31
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Andib: If you're budgeting on SSDs sold in NZ, I would look at amazon and go for a 256 so you can run both your games and OS on it for around the price of a 128GB from NZ


Good point... looks like I can get a 240 for around $130NZD and if its not free shipping, only a few $$ more.... so will look at that :)





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  Reply # 1089991 16-Jul-2014 14:32
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I have a 250GB SSD, and a large HDD
OS + 'performance games' live on the SSD (separate partitions), with everything else (including standard games) living on the HDD


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  Reply # 1090050 16-Jul-2014 15:36
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depends on what you do more. it is as effective for OS as it is for games. games load times will bottom out with SSD. everything else load will also bottom out with OS on SSD.

so if you game 100% then game on SSD
if you game <50% i'd go OS

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  Reply # 1090078 16-Jul-2014 16:08
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OS (especially Windows) all the way IMHO.

It's amazing how much quicker Windows updates occur on a SSD compared to a mechanical drive--especially on a fresh install!

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  Reply # 1090144 16-Jul-2014 16:51
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GregV: I have a 250GB SSD, and a large HDD
OS + 'performance games' live on the SSD (separate partitions), with everything else (including standard games) living on the HDD



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  Reply # 1090154 16-Jul-2014 17:05
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I.store most games on my hdds. Keeping my more frequently used ones on the SSD where possible.

With the price of ssds now, you may aswell spring a little more, get a decent sized one and preferably not the cheaper ranges.


Things like nvidias updater will.slowly eat away your disk space.




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  Reply # 1090155 16-Jul-2014 17:05
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The OS for sure. You might cut down load times in games a bit but it will be nothing compared to how much your OS will benefit from the faster IO.
If you want to put games on it, bring them over to it from the mechanical drive via a NTFS junction point.

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  Reply # 1090203 16-Jul-2014 19:25
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You will get the biggest performance gain from putting the OS on an SSD, however, getting an SSD big enough to have both the applications and the OS installed can be useful - but I would put [game] data on a separate disk (it can be a slower one).





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  Reply # 1090216 16-Jul-2014 19:34
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where is the best place the get them from in the US?

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  Reply # 1090233 16-Jul-2014 20:06
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amazon

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  Reply # 1090234 16-Jul-2014 20:08
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Jase2985: where is the best place the get them from in the US?


Amazon - Using the Geekzone Referral Link of course.

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  Reply # 1090348 17-Jul-2014 08:11
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And Amazon have upto 20% of them at the moment....  I'm looking at a 240GB Kingston for around $140NZD delivered. 





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