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I am looking at the 120's but I feel they are just a little too expensive and large for my needs. I am not the type of user that keeps things on my harddrive from 1987. Once I beat a game, I delete it. The same goes for not having excessive files etc.

Basically at the moment, the only thing I would have on my SSD would be Win7 Ultimate, BF3, and Skyrim. Probably guild wars 2 once that comes out as well, but by then Skyrim will be gone I'm sure. Would a 90gb hold all this with a little room to spare? Anyone with anecdotal evidence would be greatly appreciated.

The only problem though is I can't seem to find a 90gb that anyone will actually recommend. I know Intel, Crucial, and Kingston make good drives but most do not have a 90gb version.
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ive got 2 40's in raid zeo and with every day programs and BF3 ive got about 20gigs free id say 90 gigs will be pushing it save up a little more and grab the 120
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I think you could manage with 90GB, if you're good about removing games once you're done with them, but I would get a larger SSD if you're planning on installing an OS on there as well (Windows 7 x64 can eat 20-30GB pretty easily). You should be careful with Skyrim (and other moddable games), too, since any game mods you may grab will take up some extra space.

Personally, I'd recommend a Crucial M4 128GB SSD over anything smaller. tongue.gif
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Originally Posted by 13ack.Stab View Post

I think you could manage with 90GB, if you're good about removing games once you're done with them, but I would get a larger SSD if you're planning on installing an OS on there as well (Windows 7 x64 can eat 20-30GB pretty easily). You should be careful with Skyrim (and other moddable games), too, since any game mods you may grab will take up some extra space.
Personally, I'd recommend a Crucial M4 128GB SSD over anything smaller. tongue.gif

Yeah I really like the crucials, but I'm sort of new to SSDs and don't understand some things. Every crucial I looked at has significantly lower read and write speeds then say an Intel 520 or OCZ Agility. In fact, almost half the speeds, but yet they are more expensive?
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Crucial M4
Samsung 830
Plextor
Intel 510s

are some worthy choices.. but i think the crucial's are more reliable.. also look at the 4k reads in IOPS is where the performance counts smile.gif
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Quote:
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Yeah I really like the crucials, but I'm sort of new to SSDs and don't understand some things. Every crucial I looked at has significantly lower read and write speeds then say an Intel 520 or OCZ Agility. In fact, almost half the speeds, but yet they are more expensive?

Stability and quality are expensive. thumb.gif

On a more serious note, the read speeds should be the same across the board, but sequential write speeds tend to dip on the M4 series (though their IOPS ratings are high). That said, Crucial M4s have rock-solid stability and, in my honest opinion, are worth every penny.
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Sounds like you could get away with a 90gb. I was able to get my Win7 Ult install down under 20gb after using THIS guide. A must have, if you plan on having very little space.

I am also running a 90gb Agility 3 with no issues, the price was right and I love it.
 
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yes, 4k reads is what matters really, and the c4 (at least my 128) has 28 for write, which is pretty much the best at that price (170$ on newegg).
as for 90gb for a few games, i don't know, i have BF3, Portal 2, LA Noire and Mafia 2 installed ATM and 55gb left over, and as soon as exams are done ima install TF2, Skyrim, Just Cause 2, Arkham City, Deus Ex maybe after I finish LA noire and Mafia 2, and end up with roughly 10GB free.
Just remember, always leave ~10GB free on an SSD, cant explain it off top of my head but Sean's SSD guide has it. It has something to do when you're writing new stuff, it will use the empty space instead of moving things around when you've only got 5% space left.
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No such thing as too much storage. Splurge on the 120 and have room to spare. Some of the really good 120's have been priced at $1 per gig lately, scoop one of those up. Windows 7 is roughly a 16GB install (minus pagefile and hyberfil) After format you are already looking at less than 100 free.
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Even I have 120gb Force GT.. I only put BF3 on it and the rest (20 games) are all on other HDDs.

 

If you are worry about the default installation link directory and folders arrangement. You can always use Junction Link Windows.

I use this nifty app, check it out: http://schinagl.priv.at/nt/hardlinkshellext/linkshellextension.html

 

 

SSD:

- OS

- Program Files

--------- BF3 (physical file are here)

--------- Mass Effect 3 (Junction Link to HDD)

--------- Dragon Age (Junction Link to HDD)

 

HDD:

- Mass Effect 3 (physical file are here)

- Dragon Age (physical file are here)

 

 

This setup you can always install games and app as normally as you do and manually move it off the SSD and make Junction Link if you don't need it to load fast. All the Start Menu and shortcuts will remain functional.

 

I do know that during the game installation, you are allow manually change installation directory as well.

 

The good use for this is Steam games. If you only want a game off Steam to run on SSD while you have the Steam installation default to HDD. You can move that game files off HDD to SSD and have it Junction Link back to the HDD where you just moved off. So your game will be loading from SSD.


Edited by djriful - 4/2/12 at 1:14pm
 
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