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Can I use a SSD for gaming only?

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Hi! I haven't posted here before, but figured this would be a good place to ask :] I know that people usually have 1 SSD for their OS and their more frequently used programs, but is it an option to store everything on a regular hard drive and run only games off of say a 40gb SSD? Sorry if it is more of a noobish question, but I really do not care too much about how fast windows boots up or any of that other stuff. I mainly want a SSD for the load times, and to prevent the so called "filler" textures in some games.

-Fuzzoe ;D
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Well, yes, but the thing is, most people put the OS on the SSD not just for organizing or fast boots, but because there are parts of the OS that work with games like direct X. Unless im mistaken, if so, yeah go ahead and knock yourself out.
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I see, so there could be a possible disadvantage to this idea then? I will just leave the SSD out of my purchase then, I have a 250gb velociraptor in my cart as well and I supposed using it alone would suffice.
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Well, you could fit at least 1-3 games and a Windows 7 SP1 on that 40gb SSD, then uninstall, clean registry and install another game when you're done.
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The only games that you'll notice a real increase in performance with, are games with extremely high res textures, And Mmorpg's/ARPGS As they are constantly reading data in Small random amounts and that is where solid state drives excell, The rest will show a marginal improvement at best.
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My entire Steam folder is on another SSD. I got a deal on my extra SSD and didn't want to reformat for raid. It works.
 
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Originally Posted by Fuzzoe View Post

I see, so there could be a possible disadvantage to this idea then? I will just leave the SSD out of my purchase then, I have a 250gb velociraptor in my cart as well and I supposed using it alone would suffice.
No disadvantage. I would just leave it in the cart and get both. Run the OS off of the SSD and games on the Raptor.

Or you can get a second HDD too.

Games run smoother when you have them on a non-OS drive anyways.
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Well, you could fit at least 1-3 games and a Windows 7 SP1 on that 40gb SSD, then uninstall, clean registry and install another game when you're done.

Dragon age = 25gb with all addons/dlc's smile.gif
And you just move it from ssd to hdd and vice versa when you want to play it smile.gif
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The only games that you'll notice a real increase in performance with, are games with extremely high res textures, And Mmorpg's/ARPGS As they are constantly reading data in Small random amounts and that is where solid state drives excell, The rest will show a marginal improvement at best.

Loading times in every big game sometimes save nerves and get me going in that game. Apart from Dirt3 and showdown, those loading times are terrible even with ssd.
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post #9 of 14
I just picked up cheap ocz 120gb agility 3 and I use steam mover to move games around. So far I used it only with BF3 and it cut down time to load large maps (i.e. metro) a lot. Now I'm one of the first guys on the map vs. last one (with my previous WD 640Gb black setup). thumb.gif

For the amount of $$$ I paid I'm very happy so far I just hope it will hold up for a while with so many sandforce horror stories.

BTW for my OS/Apps drive I use 64gb M4 drive.
post #10 of 14
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Wow, sorry guys i didn't notice all the responses! The only game i was planning on using was skyrim with a crap ton of texture mods lol.
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