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So I'm really excited to finally switch over, but I was hoping I could get some recommendations and maybe a little guidance.

I feel like I'm measuring SSD size by HDD size which is probably going to end with me having a bit less money than I need to. I don't regularly use many excessively large programs, mostly Word, Power Point, and Pale Moon (which sounds kind of sad now that I think about it haha), but I do have a pretty large Steam library. Not that I cycle through and play all of them every day, but I do tend to go back and forth between places with exceptionally poor internet connections which has convinced me that I should keep all my games installed. Having the idea to play a game and then waiting 24 hours for it to download is pretty frustrating. I also do not spend my spare time moving large files from place to place or drive to drive, if that's some sort of factor in this decision.

I can simply move a couple of my steam games to the SSD and keep the bulk of my library on my HDDs, correct? It would be nice to keep a couple of games that I keep coming back to on the SSD while those games I foolishly got on sale that I convinced myself I may be interested in some day could stay on the HDD.

That being said, is there any reason that I would need a large SSD at all? I've been the most attracted to the Samsung 840 EVO (500 GB), but maybe the size is excessive.
What are the normal recommendations for normal Joe size, brand, and model? I sincerely wish I could give you a price range, but since I'm not sure how much something like this should cost. $300 is definitely pushing it for me, if I could do it for less I would be ecstatic, but if that's the price point for the speedy, I suppose I could comprehend it.
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So here is the deal. Typically the larger the SSD is the better the SSD performs. Its not just about Size and filling it up. Can you use a smaller SSD? Yes from November 2011 till March 2014 I used a Crucial M4 120 gig as my boot/windows drive in my system. Doing so only causes you to pay attention where your putting stuff as you don't want to completely fill up you boot drive. The Samsung 840 EVO 500 gig is what I just put in my system. If you go out and look at this drive on deal sites lately it has popped up with discounts almost daily to different sites. Amazon and Newegg both have had it on sale numerous times for around $260. If you feel like you can be prudent and careful you can get a cheaper 250 gig size drive and you will only take slight performance hits as far as speed goes.
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Okay,

large SSD = more storage space, faster write speeds (mostly good for benchmark epeen) and more durability (but don't worry about durability unless you are writing gigabytes of data everyday)

SSD will most benefit open world games that load new textures on-the-fly like Skyrim.

However, once you go SSD, you won't want to go back to hard drives ever again. Join the SSD revolution.


You picked a really good time to buy a SSD. You should be able to find 500 GB for <.50/GB or <$260. I would hesitate to purchase any SSD above $260 with all the SSDs selling for $250 or less.
http://slickdeals.net/f/6805636-samsung-840-evo-500gb-ssd-23-5-rakuten-cash-235-free-shipping
http://slickdeals.net/deals/ssd/

Separate Steam libraries:
http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1821076/steam-ssd-hdd.html
    
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Awesome, thanks so much for your help guys smile.gif

I just picked up the 500GB from an ebay store for $240, so I'm pretty excited/happy cheers.gif
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