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So I'm starting to build a new, mostly gaming PC and as I moved all the archive and less used stuff to NAS been thinking about going full SSD

Is there a performance point now (or in near future, ports from consoles with NVMe?) in buying two separate NVMe drives (on X570) for OS and games? Been kinda thinking about ~500GB for OS/software and 1TB+ for games.


Or should I go single, let's say 2TB NVMe for both OS and games? Or maybe the cheaper way and doing something like 500GB NVMe for OS and 2TB SATA SSD?

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I'd go 2TB NVME. The SATA route is tempting too, just depends which way you like your system set up.

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If you aren't going to be doing things that benefit greatly from NVMe like VM work, video editing, etc. then I would instead suggest grabbing as much SATA SSD space as your budget allows. It's cheaper than NVMe and has very little performance impact if all you're going to be using it for is general desktop tasks and gaming.





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13 minutes ago, isaac65536 said:

Or maybe the cheaper way and doing something like 500GB NVMe for OS and 2TB SATA SSD?

Personally this is what i would do...install your OS and programs on the NVMe along with all the drivers and everything.

And then put your games and stuff on the SATA 2GB.

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