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Looking to buy a new HDD for Steam, what do?

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So, I'm currently debating between buying a 1tb Velociraptor or a larger (say 2~3tb) WD Caviar Black to use as a Steam / Gaming drive, I previously had Steam installed on a 1.5tb Caviar Green but want something faster in my new box (I have 200+ games on Steam on top of the other games I've bought / downloaded, and the mods for said Steam games, so I need the space)

 

I was just wondering, is it worth shelling out the ~$200usd for the Raptor, or should I be fine with a higher capacity Caviar Black or RE?

 

I'd rather use Western Digital, since I've had nothing but good luck from them in the 10+ years I've been building computers but I'm open to suggestions, and 1tb of SSD is a wee bit out of my budget atm (the raptor is pushing it, that's almost half a paycheck)

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I would just go with a 3TB 7200RPM drive.

 

Steam allows you to install on multiple drives, so if you really want you can install your most-played games on your SSD, but really it'd only matter for load times and not much else.

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raptors aren't really fast anymore . these 3tb drives are faster in everyway or or $200 you can get a 400gb ssd .

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raptors aren't really fast anymore . these 3tb drives are faster in everyway or or $200 you can get a 400gb ssd .

Velociraptors, even the older ones, are noticeably faster than regular 7200 RPM drives.

 

You just can't make up for the seek time benefits of a 10K RPM drive.

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density does :) those 3Tb drives have higher read and.write . maybe not seek time but cheaper and have more space.

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density does :) those 3Tb drives have higher read and.write . maybe not seek time but cheaper and have more space.

Sustained speeds mean nearly nothing for game loading times. :)

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Depends on whether you're willing to spend more for a bit less

 

If not a 2/3 TB Blue/Black will do you well, already an nice boost over the 5400rpm ;) And it will be less noisy than the 10k drive

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density does :) those 3Tb drives have higher read and.write . maybe not seek time but cheaper and have more space.

Sustained speeds mean nearly nothing for game loading times. :)

 

That's the thing, the only real benefit is load times. I used to have Raptors in Raid-0 and some games I wouldn't even have time to read the load-screen tips! But other than that, there's really no point to spend the extra money (from a gaming perspective). A 7200RPM drive will still provide quicker load times than consoles have to suffer through.

 

If he wants all (or nearly all) his Steam games installed at once, a mere 1TB is not going to last very long (I'm just around 940GB with only half my games installed). Granted he has a much smaller Steam library than myself, but why limit himself?

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Oh I'm not arguing against a larger drive - just that the increased sustained rates over a 10k RPM drive don't usually translate to better loading times.

 

The best solution (IMO) is a bigass drive with a cheap SSD in front of it as a cache. :)

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Oh I'm not arguing against a larger drive - just that the increased sustained rates over a 10k RPM drive don't usually translate to better loading times.

 

The best solution (IMO) is a bigass drive with a cheap SSD in front of it as a cache. :)

Agreed :thumbsup:

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Oh I'm not arguing against a larger drive - just that the increased sustained rates over a 10k RPM drive don't usually translate to better loading times.

 

The best solution (IMO) is a bigass drive with a cheap SSD in front of it as a cache. :)

Agreed :thumbsup:

 

How does one go about doing this? (a link to a guide or anything would be awesome)  I don't really know any sort of fancy hard drive tricks myself, seems to me there isn't going to be a huge difference between the 10.k and 7200 drives but either of them will be a big boost over the 5400 drive it's on now.

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Dex - is the rig you're upgrading the one in your sig?

 

I ask as your answer will directly affect your question about SSD caching.

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