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Well currently I have a 60Gb OCZ Vertex 2 drive for my OS. The thing is I dont want to install my Steam games on the OS drive ie ssd. So I was thinking of buying another Vertex 2 for games. Will I notice loading times decrease dramatically or not really. Or am I better off getting 2 7200rpm 2.5 drives and raid them. I will get more space and decent performance. Or will it better to get 3 drives over 2 drives or go the single ssd?

thanks for you input.
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You're better off with a mech. drive for games and applications.
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really why is that dont games read drives instead of writing? Just want to learn is all. So 2 of these Seagate ST980813AS 80GB 7200 RPM in raid 0 would be better than an ssd? if so why?
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Well update I decide to stick with ssd got a 64 Gb for games and will eventually get a second one to raid them together. Thanks
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post #5 of 11
Just wanted to say you're not going to be getting that many games on that SSD -- I would of went with bigger HDD's and raided them, the performance wouldn't be 'that' noticeable on load times & you could fit WAY more onto it.

Now you'll be uninstalling and reinstalling games all the time :\\
     
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post #6 of 11
7200RPM for data and games I would say. SSD would be better for a boot-only drive but it will definatley help for games too dont get me wrong. Not worth the money at all if the SSD is just for storage.
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Well I decided to get an ssd your right xander but the reads and access times of an ssd make them so good. Anyways this is an update and I got a corsair nova 64gb and so far fing great. Hey games load and save faster which I love the save art since I do lots of quick saves. Plus a corsair for $85 including taxes was a steal at 64 gb got a love the egg and their loyal customer coupons.
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post #8 of 11
SSD's are going to be much faster than mech drives, so obviously they are going to preform better. The downfalls you already know, they are super expensive and limited storage. This is why people typically recommend mech drives. If you have the money to splurge on a SSD then go for it.
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post #9 of 11
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Thanks poppin do i have the money? Yeah, Do I need it? NO, Do I want it? Yes, so I bought it and very happy with the speeds and junk. I am not worried to much of space do to the fact I have a server where all important data goes into.

64gig technically 59Gb is more than enough for me as of right now once i accumulate more games I will get another ssd and raid them together and so on. Realistically I only tend to keep my system for 5 years before I upgrade again. By then I am sure ssd tech has improved drastically I hope.
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Charles you made the right choice. These ppl saying to stay with regular HDD drives are nuts. Obviously you had the money other wise you would not have asked which route to go.

I have a ocz agility 60gb ssd for my boot drive and I also used it for a few games until steam outgrew it. I switched my steams apps to my 2x WD Black 640gb raid-0 setup.

I just bought a ocz agility 2 60gb ssd for all my games so I could get my fast load times back and I decided to do some tests before I switched back.

I mostly play TF2 so I did a time test...avg time from my HDD raid setup from the time I open the game till I get in the server is 1min 25 seconds.
On the new SSD it took 45 seconds.

So at the minimum its a 45% increase in speed.

I don't know what these other jokers are thinking, but that's a big increase for only $100
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