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Im running a 256gb maxtor diamondmax 10, its aprox. 8 or 9 years old if i remember correctly and althought its still running great, im pretty much close to maximum capacity. The two routes im looking at are: Buy a 256gb ssd and continue to use the maxtor to store pictures, mp3s OR buy a bigger mechanical harddrive and store everything on that. Obviously the speed increase going to ssd has me looking at the ssd hard. I primarily use my computer for web surfing and gaming. Thanks OCN!

If going SSD is the best route, someone please recommend a fast and reliable ssd at or under 200 bucks. thanks
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what kind of money do you have to spend!? why not do both at one time and save yourself some trouble later. ssd's are great for boot times but not so hot for constantly installing and uninstalling and those constant writes to the ssds do hurt them over time. heres what I would recommend with a budget of $200
http://microcenter.com/product/399210/Barracuda_720012_1TB_SATA_60Gb-s_35_Internal_Hard_Drive_ST31000524AS_-_Bare_Drive
$74.99 before tax
http://microcenter.com/product/391066/SDSSDP-064G-G25_64GB_SATA_60Gb-s_25_Internal_Solid_State_Drive_(SSD)
$54.99 and its sandisk which is a decent brand. My guess out the door you might spend close to $140 with tax. unless you really WANT a huge ssd, a 64gb ssd is way more then enough for an OS and some programs like antivirus and device drivers and a basic program or 2. then you can install all the programs and games you want and need on the terabyte. that's NOT all that expensive at all to get both. then youll have a terabyte plus of internal storage because you could use your Maxtor diamondmax 250gb as just data storage and use the terabyte for programs and games.
 
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if you want more capacity go with hdd and if speed then ssd would be your choice
    
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what kind of money do you have to spend!? why not do both at one time and save yourself some trouble later. ssd's are great for boot times but not so hot for constantly installing and uninstalling and those constant writes to the ssds do hurt them over time. heres what I would recommend with a budget of $200
http://microcenter.com/product/399210/Barracuda_720012_1TB_SATA_60Gb-s_35_Internal_Hard_Drive_ST31000524AS_-_Bare_Drive
$74.99 before tax
http://microcenter.com/product/391066/SDSSDP-064G-G25_64GB_SATA_60Gb-s_25_Internal_Solid_State_Drive_(SSD)
$54.99 and its sandisk which is a decent brand. My guess out the door you might spend close to $140 with tax. unless you really WANT a huge ssd, a 64gb ssd is way more then enough for an OS and some programs like antivirus and device drivers and a basic program or 2. then you can install all the programs and games you want and need on the terabyte. that's NOT all that expensive at all to get both. then youll have a terabyte plus of internal storage because you could use your Maxtor diamondmax 250gb as just data storage and use the terabyte for programs and games.

all good advice, thank you for taking the time to reply. I think a 64gb ssd would be too small for me. I was really hoping to get all my games on an ssd as well and i did sort of want a bigger ssd so i could use it for many years to come without worrying about maxing out capacity. i might be able to make a 128gb tho, ill see where this thread goes before making a decision.
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all good advice, thank you for taking the time to reply. I think a 64gb ssd would be too small for me. I was really hoping to get all my games on an ssd as well and i did sort of want a bigger ssd so i could use it for many years to come without worrying about maxing out capacity. i might be able to make a 128gb tho, ill see where this thread goes before making a decision.

I use a 120gb ssd for my os/programs and a 60gb ssd for games and a 3tb WD red for my storage. What I do is have all my games installed on the 3tb and just move over the one or 2 I'm playing at the moment to the 60gb ssd. When I'm done with the game I move it back to the mech drive. You might be able to get a 120gb ssd and 1tb drive on your budget with some careful shopping.
 
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I use a 120gb ssd for my os/programs and a 60gb ssd for games and a 3tb WD red for my storage. What I do is have all my games installed on the 3tb and just move over the one or 2 I'm playing at the moment to the 60gb ssd. When I'm done with the game I move it back to the mech drive. You might be able to get a 120gb ssd and 1tb drive on your budget with some careful shopping.

good advice also. Maybe i could get a 128gb ssd and just keep using my maxtor for storage or to hold the games i play rarely. I just read that some ssds performance really drop if they get around 80% capacity, is this true? if so maybe i should get a 256gb just to keep performance up.
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im not sure about that personally. even with the 128gb ssd price I just listed you still would be sub $200 on having the terabyte and the ssd quite easily. that's not much cost at all and you would have a HUGE amount of internal storage
 
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good advice also. Maybe i could get a 128gb ssd and just keep using my maxtor for storage or to hold the games i play rarely. I just read that some ssds performance really drop if they get around 80% capacity, is this true? if so maybe i should get a 256gb just to keep performance up.

I believe that was with the first couple gens of ssds. Haven't heard anything like that for awhile.
 
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good advice also. Maybe i could get a 128gb ssd and just keep using my maxtor for storage or to hold the games i play rarely. I just read that some ssds performance really drop if they get around 80% capacity, is this true? if so maybe i should get a 256gb just to keep performance up.
Where did you read that?

People bring that point up a lot for some reason, that performance drop when capacity is near full occurs yes, but it is hardly noticeable most of the time. Usually you want to leave like 10-15% free space on any drive.

As for what to do for ~$200 I'd get a 120/128GB SSD and a 1TB HDD.

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