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Hi I have just built my first build from scratch and I'm am currently using a mechanical drive only. I was wondering what impact an ssd actually has and how it impacts..  And apart from the os what do I install on it. Will it improve the mechanical drives speed for loading games?

 

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It won’t change the speed of your mechanical drive. You’d want to install your OS and most important programs on it, and they’ll launch faster. You don’t need you games on it though. 

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OS and programs on SSD

games and files on HDD

 

and no, adding a SSD does not make the HDD any faster.

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Just now, Jamiec1130 said:

It won’t change the speed of your mechanical drive. You’d want to install your OS and most important programs on it, and they’ll launch faster. You don’t need you games on it though. 

So because budget is so tight ( with Christmas around the corner)  would a 120 suffice or would you recommend waiting till after Christmas to invest in an ssd. Atm it boots in about 16 seconds or so from post.

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2 minutes ago, ant666_2 said:

So because budget is so tight ( with Christmas around the corner)  would a 120 suffice or would you recommend waiting till after Christmas to invest in an ssd. Atm it boots in about 16 seconds or so from post.

take 128gb - has 8gb extra but does not cost more.

 

120 - 128gb should be ok for OS and a few programs. 

 

just remember to MANUALLY delete anything inside winows temp folders from time to time because windows itself fails at doing it. 

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Any build, even a budget i3 build, should have an SSD in 2017.  It is the upgrade that separates "old PCs" from "new PCs" in terms of general feel and usability imo.

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48 minutes ago, ant666_2 said:

Hi I have just built my first build from scratch and I'm am currently using a mechanical drive only. I was wondering what impact an ssd actually has and how it impacts..  And apart from the os what do I install on it. Will it improve the mechanical drives speed for loading games?

 

Thank you 

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-SSD will not make the HDD faster, but it will free up the controller and disk if you distribute the load, (i.e. if your SSD is handling the OS, page file, etc, then the HDD won't be used for those things which means less load on it when you do request something on the HDD).

 

-An SSD as the OS drive on any computer is basically mandatory, by far the biggest upgrade you can make to any system. Even a 128GB one to store the OS and small programs makes a massive difference.

 

-An SSD will have essentially no effect on game performance, but will give a slight (but minimal) improvement in load times since the HDD that has the games will only have to load the game and not worry about overhead OS tasks at the same time (see point 1).

 

TL;DR: At the very least, get a small SDD for your OS, keep your games on the HDD. Trust me, you will never go back to a system with a mechanical OS drive ever again.

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