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As the title says, I'm probably going to buy 2 SSD's soon, now I'm not too experienced with these things and that's because I never owned one before. My motherboard currently has 2 SATA III ports and I've got 1 HDD connected to one of them. WD Caviar Black is supposed to be SATA III compatible but I don't notice any difference compared to my old Seagate HDD that ran on SATA II. I think that's due to transfer speeds, cause a HDD can reach... uh... what... 150 MB/s at its maximum? I'm not an expert on storage, so if I'm wrong don't yell at me. smile.gif

Anyways, if I put my WD 1TB drive in a SATA II port will I notice a massive decrease in performance? I hope not. D:

Also, I was planning on getting a 240GB Corsair SSD for Steam. (where Skyrim is located aswell). Corsair CSSD-F240GBGS-BK.
I suppose 240GB is enough for a heavily modded Skyrim and Steam. So that leaves me with ~200GB for other Steam related games. For Windows 7 I'm looking at a 60GB SSD from Intel (Intel® SSDSC2CW060A310). Using that as a boot drive only. I don't know if you can put program files, user files, my documents, etc. in a different drive cause I would like to keep that stuff on my 1TB drive and my Windows 7 on the 60GB SSD.

So yeah, any help/tips/information is appreciated. Thanks.
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If you plug your WD Black into a SATAII port it is still 3gb/s so you will not notice any decrease in performance as it can not reach the full speed of the port anyway. For the SSD you will find a massive increase in performance when plugging it in to the 6gb/s SATA ports.

As far as the 60gb for Windows.. I tried that and had a pretty bad experience. 60GB is not enough, in my opinion, to fit the OS on - with all the updates and temp files etc.. it will fill up fast. I would recommend at least a 80GB or 120GB drive. I ended up upgrading my OS drive to a Intel Cherryville 180GB and i am very please now.
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If you plug your WD Black into a SATAII port it is still 3gb/s so you will not notice any decrease in performance as it can not reach the full speed of the port anyway. For the SSD you will find a massive increase in performance when plugging it in to the 6gb/s SATA ports.

As far as the 60gb for Windows.. I tried that and had a pretty bad experience. 60GB is not enough, in my opinion, to fit the OS on - with all the updates and temp files etc.. it will fill up fast. I would recommend at least a 80GB or 120GB drive. I ended up upgrading my OS drive to a Intel Cherryville 180GB and i am very please now.

Interesting. I have a 60 GB solid state drive (55.8 GB usable), and it currently has 28.2 GB free. Although, I don't have any games installed and I've had Windows Update disabled since about July of 2012.

However, back when I was still playing games, I had Crysis 1, Crysis 2, Mirror's Edge, Quake 4, and a couple others that are older and smaller and I only had about 4 GB free. lol smile.gif
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Anyways, if I put my WD 1TB drive in a SATA II port will I notice a massive decrease in performance? I hope not. D:

You won't notice it. At all.

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Also, I was planning on getting a 240GB Corsair SSD for Steam. (where Skyrim is located aswell). Corsair CSSD-F240GBGS-BK.
I suppose 240GB is enough for a heavily modded Skyrim and Steam. So that leaves me with ~200GB for other Steam related games. For Windows 7 I'm looking at a 60GB SSD from Intel (Intel® SSDSC2CW060A310). Using that as a boot drive only. I don't know if you can put program files, user files, my documents, etc. in a different drive cause I would like to keep that stuff on my 1TB drive and my Windows 7 on the 60GB SSD.

Instead of buying two separate SSDs, why not buy a single 500GB SSD? The Samsung 840 500GB can be found for $280-300 on occasion and I've even seen it dip down to $260. I reckon that's not too far from what you'll spend on the Intel 60GB + Corsair 240GB. You can keep the OS, program files, games and default user directories on the 500GB SSD and put your other data (music, videos, etc) on your 1TB HDD.
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You won't notice it. At all.
Instead of buying two separate SSDs, why not buy a single 500GB SSD? The Samsung 840 500GB can be found for $280-300 on occasion and I've even seen it dip down to $260. I reckon that's not too far from what you'll spend on the Intel 60GB + Corsair 240GB. You can keep the OS, program files, games and default user directories on the 500GB SSD and put your other data (music, videos, etc) on your 1TB HDD.

I'm going to agree with this, I think it would be much better to get one larger SSD for Windows and your main games, and the 1TB HDD for everything else.

Steam now supports installation of games on multiple hard drives, so you can now select the install location when downloading a game.
You can essentially now have a steam library on each hard drive in your system, so you can have your most played games on your SSD with all other games on the HDD.

You can easily move folders such as 'Documents' and Downloads' by right clicking on them, and changing the destination under the 'location' tab in the 'properties' menu.



I personally used to use a 64GB M4, but now have a 128GB.
I 'd say buy the capacity that you can afford, and just use that SSD plus your original HDD.


Also, as others have said, you won't notice a difference using a Hard Drive on a SATA II connection. thumb.gif
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Well, just got home from work and thanks for the replies so far smile.gif. And yeah, a 400+GB SSD doesn't sound too bad, I can always use my HDD for movies etc. and put everything else on the SSD. I might go for 512GB or something like that, the prices are way lower than I expected.
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Well, just got home from work and thanks for the replies so far smile.gif. And yeah, a 400+GB SSD doesn't sound too bad, I can always use my HDD for movies etc. and put everything else on the SSD. I might go for 512GB or something like that, the prices are way lower than I expected.

Yeah look at a 512gb Samsung 830 if you can find one for a decent price. Just fit everything in one drive.
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