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Is my Caviar Green holding my gaming system back?

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I'm looking at upgrading paths for my PC right now (Sig rig) about what part I should get first. Memory is probably my first idea, but now I'm looking at HDs too.

I bought a Caviar Green when I got the PC, not thinking it'd be a big deal, but I am seeing some (mostly anecdotal) evidence for HD speed affecting games. Would it be worth it to look into a new, faster one? Maybe a SSD (Since at this point buying a Caviar black would cost so much.
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post #2 of 11
A SSD would probably be among the most noticeable upgrades you could make.
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oh yeah. dude. Greens are not meant to be your primary drive. Those are meant to be used only as backup/storage drives. If the one you got is a EARS model, the head parks every 8 seconds and takes a while for it to start going again. So yes, not the best decision for performance. Now, if this were two months ago, I would recommend a WD Black, but as the prices of HHD's are ridiculous, The only thing I would recommend is an SSD. Crucial M4's, which I think are the BEST overall SSD's on the market at the moment, can be had for about $100 for a 64GB. It goes up from there. Not many options right now as far as storage. EVERYTHING is expensive.
     
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post #4 of 11
I agree with @wanako, getting an SSD is probably your best option, then you could use your WD Green for storing movies, music, files etc and the SSD for OS, games and programs. I would also go with the Crucial M4's as they seem to have not only good overall performance but also reliability, personally I would go with the 128gb version if you have a few games and programs, nothing worse than spending a fair bit of money on a shiny new SSD then putting the OS and a few games on and realizing you have run out of space.
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post #5 of 11
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IT might be a pain. I like having a lot of different games on my computer. I might just be stuck until CB goes back down in price.
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Originally Posted by Nephrahim View Post
IT might be a pain. I like having a lot of different games on my computer. I might just be stuck until CB goes back down in price.
I think that may be better then, I avoided buying an SSD for my current build because of the same reason. Besides there's no real rush for you to get a new hard drive is there?

(Just as a little side note, my friend was in the same position as you, his pc came with the WD Green and he recently decided to go with a faster hard drive instead of an SSD because of price)
Edited by AfroDave - 11/2/11 at 2:30pm
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post #7 of 11
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Does anyone else know a good HDD maker who's prices haven't shot through the roof as much as WD yet?
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post #8 of 11
Just about all the companies have been effected it seems. I'd grab the ram upgrade now and a new HDD in like a month when the prices have dropped back down.
post #9 of 11
You may try taking a look in the OCN marketplace?

I know there are many hard drives up for sale including a samsung f3 or two.
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post #10 of 11
Check out Best Buy 1TB WD Blacks are still $120 there. I believe it will be a little while before prices trickle down to the big box stores.
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