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Hi, and thanks to anybody kind enough to help a noob. I have all the parts for a new build. I think my hard drive bottlenecks me in games especially first person shooters. Since the gigabyte 990fxa is a sata 3 board, I decided to get a sata 3 velociraptor or ssd for the build. It's going to be a gaming only rig with mainly the OS and a few games, antivirus, and a few small programs. I think my hard drive has bottlenecked my performance probably since I started gaming off-console and built a rig. In games some players can change weapons and shoot me much faster than I can switch or draw my weapon. I'm not too concerned about the OS loading really fast, i'd like to be faster in games. Seek time, read/write and sequential are over my head right now. Can anybody tell me which one is better for what I'm trying to accomplish. I'm really overwhelmed by all the articles and forums I've read about this, and have no clue. There are the ssd guys and the hard drive guys and I'm really not competent to know which one to buy. Thanks again to anyone willing to help. I know this question is asked too often, but I think a savvy gamer could answer this from experience.
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Hi, and thanks to anybody kind enough to help a noob. I have all the parts for a new build. I think my hard drive bottlenecks me in games especially first person shooters. Since the gigabyte 990fxa is a sata 3 board, I decided to get a sata 3 velociraptor or ssd for the build. It's going to be a gaming only rig with mainly the OS and a few games, antivirus, and a few small programs. I think my hard drive has bottlenecked my performance probably since I started gaming off-console and built a rig. In games some players can change weapons and shoot me much faster than I can switch or draw my weapon. I'm not too concerned about the OS loading really fast, i'd like to be faster in games. Seek time, read/write and sequential are over my head right now. Can anybody tell me which one is better for what I'm trying to accomplish. I'm really overwhelmed by all the articles and forums I've read about this, and have no clue. There are the ssd guys and the hard drive guys and I'm really not competent to know which one to buy. Thanks again to anyone willing to help. I know this question is asked too often, but I think a savvy gamer could answer this from experience.

SSD helps by loading the game faster, but once loaded it does not improve frame rates.
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In games some players can change weapons and shoot me much faster than I can switch or draw my weapon.

That has to do with your latency over the network. The farther someone is from you the more latency there will be and you will have different reaction times just form that. So you need to look for servers with the lowest ping you can find to lower that issue.

Once a game is loaded into the RAM the HDD doesn't matter in that respect. Only for like random reads for explosion textures and such.

Now for a purchase I would highly suggest you get a SSD instead of a HDD b/c it is over 40 times faster than a HDD in random reads and writes an everything n your system will just work better.
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Get an SSD. Hard drive prices are through the roof right now, while SSD's aren't. Since you only have a few games/apps, you don't even need that much space, (maybe 60-80GB) so you can enjoy significantly faster speeds.
    
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That's what I was kind of thinking. A gaming keyboard would help me more probably. Thanks for helping me. Merry x-mas.
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I'm on a 50 meg connection so it looks like it is what it is bud. Thanks for helping me. Merry X-mas.
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I think I will because I'm using sata 2 and the new build is a sata 3 motherboard. Thanks as well for your help. Merry X-mas.
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That's what I was kind of thinking. A gaming keyboard would help me more probably. Thanks for helping me. Merry x-mas.
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60GB SSD will do for just the OS and minimal games.

If you plan on having a large games library on it, obviously you will need more space.

The OCZ revo drive 1TB is a nice choice, its a 128GB SSD cache with a 1TB storage HDD attached. Also its PCI so its super quick, faster than SATA 3 SSD's

Depends on your budget though... A Revo drive is on my wish list
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