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 Post subject: Hard Drive Upgrade help
PostPosted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 7:52 pm 
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I am currenly in the process of upgrading my PC, it will be used solely for gaming, but i am curious about whether adding an SSD as my OS boot drive with SATA drive for storage will increase performance.

current specs:
Mobo: GA-EP45-UD3L (rev. 1.1)
CPU: Core 2 Duo E8500
RAM: 4GB
Graphics: Gigabyte GeForce 210 1GB DDR3 PCIe 2.0
PS: 520W

Upgrading to:
Core 2 Quad Q9650
8GB for now, eventually going to max out 16GB
XFX Double D GT630NCDF2 GeForce GT 630 2GB 128-bit DDR3 PCIe 2.0


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 Post subject: Re: Hard Drive Upgrade help
PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 7:21 am 
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Swampr4t wrote:
I am currenly in the process of upgrading my PC, it will be used solely for gaming, but i am curious about whether adding an SSD as my OS boot drive with SATA drive for storage will increase performance.

current specs:
Mobo: GA-EP45-UD3L (rev. 1.1)



Are you upgrading the Mobo? I looked at the specs and it only has SATA 3Gbps slots. I hear this will bottleneck your SSD. Other option, if you keep the same mobo, is to buy a SATA 6gbps controller card.

That's what it looks like to me. Other opinions?


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 Post subject: Re: Hard Drive Upgrade help
PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 8:40 am 
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I would go with the OS on the ssd (120GB) and a wd black for storage/games. just make sure your MB can take advantage of it as the previous post suggests.


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 Post subject: Re: Hard Drive Upgrade help
PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 9:07 am 
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I wouldn't worry about bottlenecking to be honest. I put a Samsung 830 in my laptop, which has a SATA 3Gpbs port. The laptop runs buttery smooth. If anything, you get an SSD because it makes your system snappy, not because you need throughput performance.

Of course, I wouldn't say that if all you had was a 1.5Gbps port. A man's gotta have limits :P

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To put in perspective why throughput is not nearly as important as response time... If all you're doing is running Windows on the drive, then most bandwidth usage is done when Windows is loading. After that, it won't make a big transfer request like that again (usually). And most programs you load are actually small, they just eat RAM because of all the variables the need.

There's some tech blog from Microsoft detailing how they were handling SSDs on Windows 7. Basically it came down to the OS making a lot of smaller file transfers. Response time is more important here than bytes per second.


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