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Is this a good idea, bad idea, moot point?

I have a couple Velociraptors (150GB each) that will be going into a Sandy Bridge build soon.

Should I simply wait to install Steam onto one of them?

Note: The rest of my games will be on installed on the Velociraptors.
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Install Steam on your VR's. You don't see a speed increase with the Steam client on your SSD, and it's a pain to get it to read games on another HD. Steam is going to take just as long on the SSD as the HD due to the login process (and server check). I've personally tried it.

EDIT: I just re-read your post and wanted to clarify something. My advice is only if you're planning on having the actual client on the SSD with expectations to load quickly during startup. If you plan on running Steam games from the SSD, it's still better on your HD's. The load times might be quicker, but you will fill it up very quickly.
Edited by greydor - 1/15/11 at 7:00pm
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I'm guessing it would work pretty well. I'm thinking about getting a 16 or 32GB SSD just for Oblivion so there isnt a ton of loading interruptions because I have mine heavily modded for textures and it will pause and load everything outside a lot.
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Not really the best of ideas, unless you are playing some heavy loading games and it bothers you. I leave everything on my F3 except MMORPG which I need on my SSD or the loading annoys me now that I have seen the speed it goes.
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Might not be the best idea, but what I do is, installed Steam on my SSD.

And then install the main games I want on the SSD (COD: Black Ops and F1 2010) and move the rest of the Steam games to my Caviar Black 750Gb with a program called Steam Mover

That way I still get to open Steam as fast as superman!
    
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Thanks for the insight, Guys.

I guess that I will wait to install Steam on one of the Velociraptors. I will yank one from the sig rig this afternoon or tomorrow and get to work.

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Originally Posted by Syrillian View Post
Is this a good idea, bad idea, moot point?

I have a couple Velociraptors (150GB each) that will be going into a Sandy Bridge build soon.

Should I simply wait to install Steam onto one of them?

Note: The rest of my games will be on installed on the Velociraptors.
Put your OS onto the SSD and install Steam onto your VRs. SSD is great for reads so it is good for an OS, but sucks at writes. HDDs beat an SSD in write speed.
 
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I did just as you stated, Lord Xeb.

Last night I left Steam to DL some of my games.

I will also be installing the rest of my games and future games (for the life of this build) onto the VR's.

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I put steam and the games I wanted on my SSD raid, I've noticed a HUGE difference compared to loading them on the platter drive. Load times in games is almost non-existant.

Either way is fine but with 128gb SSD I don't see why you wouldn't.
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But again, SSDs are great for reads, but writes HDDs come in. If you have an area whwere you need users to access large ammounts fo data instantly, then use SSDs, but need storage and reliablity use HDDs.
 
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