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I'm a bit confused here, so here's the question:

I am re-building my system, and looking at either a WD black SATA III 1TB 7200RPM, or a Crucial M4 64GB SSD.

I'm going to be doing moderate gaming, photo editing, and surfing with about 50 tabs open at a time (ADD ftw)

How much of a performance difference will I see from the HDD to the SSD, and is the gap shortened by going to a 10k RPM HDD, like the Velociraptor? My main concern is storage space, a lot of the games I play take up a lot of space, and with the SSD, I'll still be running off of my SATA II storage drives.

With that in mind, will I see any benefit with the SSD, or no?
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If you are running both off of SATA II then you will probably not notice much difference. Definitely not enough to justify the difference in price/storage space. SSD should be on SATA III.
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Sata III HDDs are pointless no HDD has the speed to saturate even SATA2.
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I have the SATA III version of the 1TB Caviar Black and there is absolutely no speed differences between it and the SATA II version. The theoretical bandwidth of SATA II is 3Gbps, which no mechanical hard drive can even dream of coming close to. The physical movement and seeking of the head on the HDD is far to slow to saturate even SATA II's max bandwidth let alone SATA III's. A 10K drive will improve your sequential speeds but not your random IO read/writes. However, a SSD will and that's why you feel our computer to be snappier. I would recommend a SSD for OS and programs, a high performance 10K drive for games and a normal HDD for files/backup/etc. Or you could just go for a SSD and a normal HDD, whatever fits your budget.


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I'll go for the SSD to run the OS from, and save up for a pair of 10k HDD for game files to sit on in a few weeks.

Thanks for the help.
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Originally Posted by SilverFire View Post
How much of a performance difference will I see from the HDD to the SSD, and is the gap shortened by going to a 10k RPM HDD, like the Velociraptor? My main concern is storage space, a lot of the games I play take up a lot of space, and with the SSD, I'll still be running off of my SATA II storage drives.
SATA2 / SATA3 doesn't indicate anything about a drive's performance. What are the model numbers of your storage drives?

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Originally Posted by SilverFire View Post
I'll go for the SSD to run the OS from, and save up for a pair of 10k HDD for game files to sit on in a few weeks.

Thanks for the help.
You'd be better served by some large 7200RPM storage drives.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...gb,2600-7.html



2x F3 RAID-0 would be ideal. It's cheap and provides very good gaming performance.

-> http://www.overclock.net/online-deal...t-f3-1-tb.html
     
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