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Posted · Original PosterOP

I'll be upgrading to a new motherboard/cpu combo soon, and after swapping out those parts I'll have enough spare parts to put together a 2nd pc except for a form of storage.

I'll be buying a brand new drive to complete the old computer (Really don't want to skimp a few dollars and buy a used drive that could be potentially end of life)

If you were buying a computer, which would you be more likely to buy?

One with a 500gb Solid State Hard drive (SSHD) https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822179112&cm_re=500gb_sshd-_-22-179-112-_-Product

Or one with a regular 1TB HDD https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236339&cm_re=1tb_hdd-_-22-236-339-_-Product

Both cost roughly the same, and $50 is about as much as I'm willing to spend on a part that I'm just going to putting into something to sell.

And I'm aware you can get a 120gb SSD for the same price, but that's not even worth considering without having a 2nd drive to compensate for the lack of storage.

On the one hand the extra speed is nice of a SSHD (I have the 1tb version of that model linked) but Craigslist browsers might see the 500gb capacity and be turned away from it. Just the same, they might see the fact that the 1tb drive is a slow mechanical and get turned away just the same. Which would you choose? 

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I mostly agree. Although it is pretty close to regular SSD speeds for the most frequented games you play. If you only play like 3 games, those get cached to the faster portion of the drive - but if you have a lot, then at that point you're better off with mechanical for sure. Though boot times are appreciably better. The only thing that I'm really considering is the psychological aspect of it. Seeing the word Solid State is just such a hypetrain word these days, that I question if it would make someone more likely to buy something. Especially considering that if they're looking for an entire computer on Craigslist, it's probably not someone comfortable enough to build their own and those hype words might have a bigger impact on them. Kind of like people being convinced that gold plated HDMi is substantially better than non. 

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I've had good results with SSHDs in the past, especially with slower hardware (old netbooks for example). I was running one in my desktop for a while (as my steam library, pointless, but it was there so I used it).


If you aren't planning on upgrading, I'd consider the SSHD, if there is going to be budget later on, go the standard HDD and save some spare change for a SSD later on (or check the used market for one).

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