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Hi guys


I have been using my brand new computer for a while now and my budget is broken. While using it (playing games) I find that sometimes the

hard drive usage is almost always (if not all the time) stuck at 80-100%, which is making the games I play get stuck trying to read data or stuff

like that. 

My current setup is an old 2TB Seagate Barracuda LP (5400rpm and 3Gb/s), atm I have a free drive which is a 320GB WesternDigital Blue (same 5400rpm and 3Gb/s interface)

my motherboard supports the 6Gb/s SATA but I currently don't have an hdd that has the same bandwidth so my question goes to, will the 320Gb drive be enough to keep

Windows 10 installed so that I can use the other drive for games? I don't use that computer for productivity and I also like to keep my Windows installs as minimal as they can be.

Also, will this help mitigate the bandwidth problem when reading the game data? Since there will be an hdd for Windows and another one for games exclusively.




Extra question, if I do that, should I install steam on the main hdd (windows) or the 2nd one (games only)?

CPU: Intel Core i7-8700K

CPU Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO

Motherboard: ASUS TUF Z370 PLUS Gaming

Memory: Crucial Ballistix Elite 2 x 8GB DDR4-3200 Memory

Storage 0: Western Digital Scorpio Blue 320GB HDD

Storage 1: Seagate Barracuda LP 2TB HDD

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 (6G) SSC GAMING

Power Supply: EVGA 80+ WHITE 600W

Case: Deepcool D-Shield V2

Case Fan: 4x Corsair AirSeries SP140

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Personally, I would run the 320gb drive with Windows and my main applications on it and keep the 2tb for games, movies, etc. However, I would also look into what is causing my main drive to be at 80% usage. Check resource monitor and see what is using the disk.


If possible, get an SSD for Windows. It makes a HUGE difference.



PC #1

Ryzen 7 3700x@4.4ghz (All core) | MSI X470 Gaming Pro Carbon | Crucial Ballistix 2x16gb (OC 3600mhz)

MSI GTX 1080 8gb | SoundBlaster ZXR | Corsair HX850

Samsung 960 256gb | Samsung 860 1gb | Samsung 850 500gb

HGST 4tb, HGST 2tb | Seagate 2tb | Seagate 2tb

Custom CPU/GPU water loop


PC #2

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Sapphire R9 290x 4gb | Asus Xonar DS | Corsair RM650

Samsung 850 128gb | Intel 240gb | Seagate 2tb

Corsair H80iGT AIO



Core i7 6700HQ | Samsung 2400mhz 2x8gb DDR4

GTX 1060M 3gb | FiiO E10k DAC

Samsung 950 256gb | Sandisk Ultra 2tb SSD

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