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New ssd for game library need advice.

Bion85

So I currently have a 128gb Samsung evo as my Os driver (1 or 2 games there also) and two standard drives as other storage options. (1.5tb and a 2tb) I'm thinking I'd like to maybe drop the 1.5tb drive for another larger ssd for more game storage. I'm a bit torn between a 500gb or a 1tb. As most know games are rather large now and am not quite sure is 500gb would be large enough.

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It depends on how much money you'd want to blow. 

If it's for the sake of faster loading speeds, it may be better to put 2 ssd's in raid 0. 

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The 1TB drive would be nice as you'd have a little more breathing room when installing large games, but a 500GB drive should suffice unless you play a lot of AAA games and plan to get ones releasing soon. Also, mods can take up a lot of space so the 1TB drive has that advantage too.

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I have a 1TB 850 Evo and the difference in performance is very noticeable.

But I wouldn't use a 500GB SSD, cause I think they're too small for games. I was even thinking about buying a 2TB SSD, just so I can fit all my games on it, but even that wouldn't be enough for all of them...

 

 

 

 

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Just note that faster storage doesn't really do much in games. You get a little faster loading screens but that's it. How many hundreds of whatever monies do you want to pay for a few saved seconds? The very least you should run some tests with the storage options you already have to see if the difference is worth while.

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I moved my fallout 4 game to my ssd recently and it's seems like a good differwnce. I also do use mods on games like fallout/skyrim.

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if you want to save money but want fast loading times you could get an SSHD (an HDD and SSD in one):

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Laptop-2-5-Inch-Internal-ST1000LM014/dp/B00B99JUBQ

This way your most frequently used games will have faster loading times without spending hundreds on such a large capacity SSD.

How much space on these drives is dedicated to the ssd portion?

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if you want to save money but want fast loading times you could get an SSHD (an HDD and SSD in one):

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Laptop-2-5-Inch-Internal-ST1000LM014/dp/B00B99JUBQ

This way your most frequently used games will have faster loading times without spending hundreds on such a large capacity SSD.

an SSHD usually only contains around an 8GB SSD portion. However what would be stored there are only the files needed to launch the game. This makes the game launch faster than an HDD but slower than an SSD. 

A sshd isn't any faster than a hdd for loading games for the most part. The ssd automatically caches what is most often used and this isn't decided by the user. 

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But isn't it determined by the most commonly used files? 

Yes, it is. 8GB is enough for one or part of one AAA title. The rest would be as fast as a normal hdd. 

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OK but isn't an SSHD still an alternative for OP if he doesn't want to shell out hundreds for 1TB of SSD storage?

The OP already has hdd's. A sshd isn't really an upgrade if it's meant for storing games. 

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I am leaning towards the 1tb over the 500 for the extra space but not sure if that's just overkill.

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I am leaning towards the 1tb over the 500 for the extra space but not sure if that's just overkill.

How much storage is appropriate is dependent on your own storage habits. 

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