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Posted · Original PosterOP

I'm going to use my PC for different types of working, such as Music Production, Video Production and some minor gaming, and in this process of building a new PC i've been struggling with one thing, what should I use on what? I can use SSD M.2 for OS, sure, SSD for Install stuff, sure, and HDD for other storage. But in my head, i'm thinking... Should I buy a reeeeally large SSD M.2 to put everything there? Or maybe a 250GB SSD M.2 for OS and an normal SSD for other stuff? Or should I use a 250GB M.2 for OS with a really large HDD for other stuff?

So, my really question is, What should I use an SSD M.2 for?

I have lot of options here,
250GB M.2 SSD + 1TB SSD or 2 TB HDD?
2TB M.2 SSD?

Where should I install Programs? Where Should I put my VST Libraries for FAAAST load times? Where should I install windows? Should I use SSD M.2 ONLY for Windows, Isn't 250GB too much if thats the case?


HELP!

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My vote is 2TB SSD, either M.2 or 2.5".

 

If by M.2 you meant NVME, you will not notice a difference without going out of your way to look for one. If by M.2 you meant SATA, it is identical to a regular 2.5" SATA SSD.

 

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1 hour ago, FlikaFlekas said:

I'm going to use my PC for different types of working, such as Music Production, Video Production and some minor gaming, and in this process of building a new PC i've been struggling with one thing, what should I use on what? I can use SSD M.2 for OS, sure, SSD for Install stuff, sure, and HDD for other storage. But in my head, i'm thinking... Should I buy a reeeeally large SSD M.2 to put everything there? Or maybe a 250GB SSD M.2 for OS and an normal SSD for other stuff? Or should I use a 250GB M.2 for OS with a really large HDD for other stuff?

So, my really question is, What should I use an SSD M.2 for?

I have lot of options here,
250GB M.2 SSD + 1TB SSD or 2 TB HDD?
2TB M.2 SSD?

Where should I install Programs? Where Should I put my VST Libraries for FAAAST load times? Where should I install windows? Should I use SSD M.2 ONLY for Windows, Isn't 250GB too much if thats the case?


HELP!

What kind of M.2 SSD would you be using? M.2 is just a form factor. Unless it's NVMe, it'll be the same speed as a SATA SSD. 

If you don't need much storage space, I would use a single SATA SSD. 


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4 minutes ago, xKyric said:

would you be using? M.2 is just a form factor. Unless it's NVMe, it'll be the same speed as a SATA SSD. 

By M.2 I mean, ofc, NVMe.

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1 minute ago, FlikaFlekas said:

By M.2 I mean, ofc, NVMe.

From what I understand, NVMe drives are best suited for environments where large files need to be transferred quickly. The speed difference in consumer systems compared to SATA is negligible. Unless you have an use for NVMe, I wouldn't pay more for it.    


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Some people like to have a ~250GB boot & system drive. (Over the course of a few years without overly aggressive management system files will occupy more than 100GB.) This drive typically stores most applications. It is not large enough to include games. Generally a much larger hdd is used for all other storage.

 

My preference for a general use system is a single large drive. Ideally NVMe, but SATA III ssd are fine. However, with video and music production one can reap some real performance benefits using multiple ssd. Consider instead two large ssd, one for system, programs, and projects the other for libraries, scratch, etc. You might also consider a large hdd for storing stuff that is not current. Completed projects etc.

 

Ideally both drives would be M.2 NVMe, but M.2 or 2.5" SATA III would be fine if that is all the budget will support.

 

SSD have limited write endurance so it is important to choose models that will handle the anticipated load for five or so years. 


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14 hours ago, brob said:

Some people like to have a ~250GB boot & system drive. (Over the course of a few years without overly aggressive management system files will occupy more than 100GB.) This drive typically stores most applications. It is not large enough to include games. Generally a much larger hdd is used for all other storage.

 

My preference for a general use system is a single large drive. Ideally NVMe, but SATA III ssd are fine. However, with video and music production one can reap some real performance benefits using multiple ssd. Consider instead two large ssd, one for system, programs, and projects the other for libraries, scratch, etc. You might also consider a large hdd for storing stuff that is not current. Completed projects etc.

 

Ideally both drives would be M.2 NVMe, but M.2 or 2.5" SATA III would be fine if that is all the budget will support.

 

SSD have limited write endurance so it is important to choose models that will handle the anticipated load for five or so years. 

So, for example, In my SSD m.2 NVMe I should install Windows, Music programs, and other system programs (like Adobe's programs, Office, Skype, discord, Protools Fl studio etc etc etc) and then an SSD for the VST libraries and, for example, games, and an big HDD for mass storage for other things?

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2 hours ago, FlikaFlekas said:

So, for example, In my SSD m.2 NVMe I should install Windows, Music programs, and other system programs (like Adobe's programs, Office, Skype, discord, Protools Fl studio etc etc etc) and then an SSD for the VST libraries and, for example, games, and an big HDD for mass storage for other things?

That seems reasonable. HDD use depends on your habits and needs. I often like to make a project backup before introducing a significant change. The idea being that if what I'm going to try doesn't work out I can always throw it away and bring back the saved copy. 

 

You might limit games on the second ssd to your current favorite or two and keep the rest on the hdd.


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