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Should just I get one big Corsair 480 SSD for my OS & software?

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First off, I'm a greenhorn when it comes to modern PC builds, so please bare with me.

I just fired up my rig this past Saturday, and while my buddy was installing my OS, it suddenly dawned upon me that my 120GB Corsair SSD might not be enough for the amount of software installs I plan on doing over the next few months and years. The reason for this build was to have a futureproof PC that was also powerful enough to play 3D content, such as lots of 2D & 3D games, 3D & 2D movies, and so on... A multimedia center if you will. In addition to my current Corsair 120, I'm also running a Segate 2TB mechanical drive to save my data to.

The last PC I had used an HDD for both the OS and data saves, which ended up crashing hard. So now that I've custom built this new PC, I decided to split the OS and data saves on two different drives. That seems to be the normal around here, so I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon. Now that I've actually finished the build and I really haven't invested too much time in uploading any software yet, I want to ask you guys if adding a Corsair 480 SSD would make any difference to achieve the goal I'm trying to accomplish.
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Not if you run the OS on the SSD and back up your games/files on the HDD. Your set-up right now is the ideal one.
 
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The questin is, how much software/games you want to install. A 120 can be filled very quick. I got a 256GB Samsung 830 because my old 120 Crucial was too small for all my games and stuff.
Besides i can just recommend to get a Samsung 830/840. The corsair is a sandforce and therefor not to be recommended...
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I just fired up my rig this past Saturday, and while my buddy was installing my OS, it suddenly dawned upon me that my 120GB Corsair SSD might not be enough for the amount of software installs I plan on doing over the next few months and years. The reason for this build was to have a futureproof PC that was also powerful enough to play 3D content, such as lots of 2D & 3D games, 3D & 2D movies, and so on... A multimedia center if you will. In addition to my current Corsair 120, I'm also running a Segate 2TB mechanical drive to save my data to.

The last PC I had used an HDD for both the OS and data saves, which ended up crashing hard. So now that I've custom built this new PC, I decided to split the OS and data saves on two different drives. That seems to be the normal around here, so I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon. Now that I've actually finished the build and I really haven't invested too much time in uploading any software yet, I want to ask you guys if adding a Corsair 480 SSD would make any difference to achieve the goal I'm trying to accomplish.

Assuming all your games and programs will fit in a 480GB SSD (~447GiB formatted capacity), I say sure, why not. How much is the Corsair 480GB, though? You might find better prices on a different drive. Myself, I've got a Crucial m4 512GB (bought from Amazon for $350) and a Plextor M3 512GB (Newegg, $370) for the laptops. Something to keep in mind, though, how soon are you going to need that space? 480 and 512GB drives are still considerably more expensive per GB compared to their smaller brothers. If a 240/256GB SSD is enough to last you even a year or so, I'd go with that given how fast SSDs are dropping down in price.
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Well I went with 2 Smasung 830 256gb in Raid 0 for that same reason. My games are about 300 gb of space.
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Well I went with 2 Smasung 830 256gb in Raid 0 for that same reason. My games are about 300 gb of space.

Forgot about RAID-0. On the laptop, I had no choice but to go with one big drive. On the desktop, RAID might be a better option considering smaller drives tend to be cheaper and sweet spot for performance right now appears to be 256GB so a couple of 240/256GB in RAID should definitely be faster than a single 480/512GB SSD. I'm actually going with 2x Samsung 830 256GB RAID-0 on my upcoming Z77 + i5-3570K build (have the parts already, can't find the time to build).
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Forgot about RAID-0. On the laptop, I had no choice but to go with one big drive.
For the most part true, but there are some Laptops the supports Raid. This is just a FYI.
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For the most part true, but there are some Laptops the supports Raid. This is just a FYI.

I know. I've been looking at a couple of Sager and MSI gaming laptops. That said, my laptops only have space for one 2.5" drive and one of them (Asus U36SG) even requires a bit of dissection to be able to upgrade (something I'm not brave enough to try).
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I know. I've been looking at a couple of Sager and MSI gaming laptops. That said, my laptops only have space for one 2.5" drive and one of them (Asus U36SG) even requires a bit of dissection to be able to upgrade (something I'm not brave enough to try).
Well My laptop I can put 2 HDD in it, but no Raid.
Sorry we are off the Topic.
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If that Corsair 480 SSD bites the dust, you're gonna lose everything. I'd go with 256 GB right now. I also have the Samsung 830 256GB SSD and its a perfect size. Cause Windows and a bunch of non game programs(WinRAR, flash players, web browsers, etc) that you would just like to install on C: drive for convenience and speed will eat up a good chunk of a 128GB SSD and not leave much for games. So a 256GB SSD would allow you to put a few vital games like WoW and GW2 on the SSD and you wouldn't have to pay more and take risks with the larger SSD.
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