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SSD or HDD for gaming

droblue
  • 34 months ago

Just wondering which one would be better to use for gaming and what differences are there when using one over the other. Aswell is a ssd even completely necessary as I want to cut costs on one of my builds. The build is meant for streaming and gaming if that makes any difference.

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  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

An SSD is not completely necessary, but as GentlemanShark said, using one for your OS as a boot drive can speed up your system quite a bit. For gaming, you'd probably only notice a difference if you have games with particularly long loading times, if that was loading from an SSD it would probably be noticeably faster than from a HDD.

If you're on a budget but you still want an SSD, figure out what capacity you want (Windows 10 takes up about 20GB, I'd leave a 30GB buffer anyway), and find one within your budget with good reviews from a reputable manufacturer.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Multiplayer or single player? I'd get an SSD regardless for at least a boot drive.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Obviously ssd. Faster boot times, faster load times (for instance based games), quicker loading resulting in less fps drops in games like MMO's or highly graphical games.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Mix and match. SSD for boot drive and games that are loaded a lot (like multiplayer games) and then I use a large HDD for games that are single player and/or I only load on occasion. (Such as Civ 6 or such).

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

My ideal setup is a 256gb m.2 as the boot drive; a 1TB SSD for my main games that I play regularly (stuff like Witcher 3, GTAV, etc...); then a nice 3-4TB HDD for the bulk of my games and media.

But at bare minimum I'd get a small SSD for the boot drive, even if you rely solely on an HDD for games/media.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Therecent models of wd black and Seagate barracuda. Are surprisingly fast to me...id recommend those. The Seagate is the much cheaper option coming in at 67$for 2tb doing better than my 2 generation old wd black in every way. Surprised how well hard drives are getting

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