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Which storage solution would be better? ($330 USD budget)

jordycondi

21 months ago

Option 1

  • HP EX920 512GB NVMe m.2 SSD

  • 2x Western Digital Black 1TB 7200RPM 2.5 inch HDD

Option 2

  • HP EX920 512GB NVMe m.2 SSD

  • Seagate Barracuda 4TB 5400RPM 2.5 inch HDD

Option 3

  • HP EX920 512GB NVMe m.2 SSD

  • Western Digital My Book 6TB 5400RPM external drive

Which would be best? Or if you have a better idea I'm up for it. I really want a fast NVMe drive for OS and main apps. Internal storage must be 2.5 inch drives or NVMe SSDs.

Comments

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

I'd personally rather have a 1TB AHCI/SATA SSD than a 500GB NVME/PCIE SSD.

Performance doesn't scale for single client workloads with NVME very well. Sure, they benchmark really good, but they don't load software any faster than a SATA SSD on single client machines.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
Storage Crucial - MX500 1TB 2.5" Solid State Drive $229.99 @ Adorama
Storage Samsung - Spinpoint M9T 2TB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive $89.99 @ Newegg Marketplace
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $319.98
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-05-14 20:55 EDT-0400
  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

What about for video editing?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

The only types of footage worthy of editing at bandwidth levels that a regular SATA SSD can't easily support, would be shot and recorded on equipment costing in the tens of thousands of dollars. If you were working at that level, the budget for the editing drives wouldn't be $330, and 512GB wouldn't be enough space to hold more than a few minutes of said footage.

With that said, for a video editing machine of typical consumer footage, a large SSD for project space is a good idea for best possible editing performance:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
Storage Crucial - MX500 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $114.99 @ Amazon
Storage Micron - 1100 2TB 2.5" Solid State Drive $307.49 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $422.48
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-05-15 07:00 EDT-0400

Use the 500GB SSD as a system/application drive, and the 2TB drive for project space.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

$422 is too much, I can only afford $395 of storage max. To alleviate costs I was thinking of utilizing StoreMI on at least 2 drives.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't go with a 5400rpm drive.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

What would you suggest then?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Out of those, I would go for option 1.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

With 5400RPM drives the data can still technically run off the NVMe SSD via StoreMI.

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