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Old March 7, 2011, 02:30 PM
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Hi guys,

My semi-new rig currently has a 640GB WD SATA HDD, which is divided into two separate partitions - one for gaming, and one for the OS. I'm very tempted to switch over to SSD in the near future, but I'm not sure which size I should get.

The OS partition after installing Win 7 and other applications + updates has about 95GB of free space, while my game partition is over 400GB in size and has about 91GB of free space left after all my games are installed. So as far as I know, I'd need a 400GB+ SSD to completely transfer my existing files over - is this correct?

Alternatively, I could put only the OS on the SSD, while leaving all my games files on the old hdd, but would that defeat the purpose of having a SSD in terms of gaming?

Thoughts? Suggestions?

I'm not in a hurry to switch over, and realistically I have a budget of around $400 to spend on this.

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Old March 7, 2011, 03:06 PM
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Well, depends on what the results your looking for with a ssd, do you want games on it? do you want just an OS on it, do you want OS and commonly used programs...an SSD is a GREAT upgrade, what is your budget? my suggestion is to get either a 80 or 120gb i went with a first gen 60gb ssd and found myself quickly running out of space...as well as envious of the speeds of the new ssds (common occurance with every hardware purchase thats first gen)...its a decent time to get into ssds there is plenty on the market and some decent sale prices out there to be had...cheers man, and best of luck...
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Old March 7, 2011, 03:06 PM
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Well what I have done is I have my OS and some select apps on my SSD and then I have the majority of my games on a 1tb WD black. Now I do have room for a few games and really only have the main games that I am playing at the moment on the SSD, the rest go on the black.

Also if I need to move a game off of the SSD and don't want to reinstall it then I just use Steam Mover. That allows me to easily create linked folders and have them direct to the black.
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Games are perfectly fine on a HDD. Honestly you see barely any benefit from putting games on a SSD.

Windows and applications you use daily benefit more so from the SSD as you'll be able to open them up much quicker and get what you need to do done.

I believe 120GB is plenty for OS + Applications, unless you have a ton of apps for whatever reason.
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Old March 7, 2011, 03:17 PM
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JD is right...

OS + APPS + maybe 2 or 3 of your BEST games (if you play a lot) on the SSD... you want to minimize the amount of write/erase cycles on the SSD. 120GB is the sweet spot IMHO...
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