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SSD just for steam?

Discussion in 'Storage' started by Eric_Cartman, Aug 31, 2013.

  1. Eric_Cartman

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    I personally wouldn't bother, either go big or go home for SSD. go big = get a decent one (preferably able to store OS).
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    absolutely, the load times will be very quick, how ever i would suggest something with a higher IOPS rate, thats were all your "snappy" feeling comes from. also unless you dont mind the write rate on that drive is only a smidgen faster than two raid 0 7200rpm drives

    May i suggest this instead, its $20 more but gives you a much better value per GB and is also quite a bit faster

    Kingston SSDNow V300 Series SV300S3D7/60G 2.5" ...
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    Just use the SSD for the OS, and 32GB is barely enough space for anything. My 240GB SSD is full and it has Windows, programs and a few games on it. You can install Steam separately from most of the games nowadays, and it will probably reduce your boot time if you install the Steam application itself on an SSD. Don't bother with the games, you spend more time playing than loading anyway.
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    I agree with most people here I wouldn't bother with a SSD and your games. Unless your willing to spend a shit load on a large SSD for your games id just go with something like a WD Black 500GB. I find that drive with games to be very good and its alot cheaper then a SSD. Just use a SSD for your OS.

    I have a 320GB velociraptor as my gaming HDD and its to small, im sick of always uninstalling and reinstalling games for when i need to play them. Im upgrading my main system with a 500Gb Black and that should be enough for now.
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    The first SSD you buy would be for your OS. Then iif you need more space and want a second for Steam that would be great. Buying a SSD just for your games owuld help with loading maps but thats about it
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    freaksavior To infinity ... and beyond!

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    Not for a 32Gb. It' just not worth the cost. If you had linked something like a 256, then i'd say yes.
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    Basically what i did although i did have a current game installed on SSD which i was bound to play more than another for a long time like Arma 2 in my case.
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    Get a 240GB+ for Steam, or games in general. With the size of games these days, youll run out of space quicker then you think.
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    I use a 256gb SSD for steam, though it was initially a boot drive that got reassigned as storage once SSD's got cheaper and i got more of them, it's quick and silent but the occasional stutter can be a bit irritating.
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    stutter? You shouldn't be getting any from an SSD.
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    You need to check that, stutter should not be happening.
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    I have some essential Steam games on my SSD, Arma 3 being one of them, skyrim and borderlands 2.
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    Yeah and if you can't afford a larger SSD then it does still make much sense to use one as your OS drive instead at least (though 32GB not really enough for that either). Games aren't accessing the disk most of the time anyway. These days I keep some games on larger USB 3.0 flash drives too. BF3 is on my 128GB OS drive though (even though it's over 30GB). The loading time difference is major and it's still my go-to game.
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    I agree. My 64gb have like 22gb free, and it has only Windos and software (and updates) 64gb for only os is the way to go.


    Personnaly, if you get a good price on a 256gb SSD' it worth it. Instead just get a small SSD for OS, then a HDD for games. Just having the OS on a SSD is a great upgrade. For games, I didn'T see that much difference. Maybe a little bit less loading, but for the price..
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    i boot off a 64gb ssd and have my games on a 120gb ssd.

    it does limit how much i can leave installed at once, i mean if i have bf3, sleeping dogs and hitman installed thats 100gb gone on 3 games but i find i am always 1st into maps :)
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    I ended up buying this drive.

    Kingston SSDNow V300 Series SV300S37A/120G Solid ...

    Space is really not a concern for me.

    I usually only have one or two games installed at a time.

    Once I beat a game I uninstall it.

    I put my steam folder on the drive and I'm so glad I did.

    Games load so much faster.
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    I have my games on a 1tb Wd drive. I am using almost half of the drive now.
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    I have steam on a 1tb drive and use Steammover to push which ever game I'm playing to 1 of my SSD's. :toast:
    tigger and MightyMission say thanks.
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    does it work ok? I'm gonna have a look at it. thanks
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    Works great, and I've been using this tool for awhile now. :toast: It's not just for steam. I've used it for Origins as well. :toast:
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    FordGT90Concept "I go fast!1!11!1!"

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    There's some games out there that are almost 32 GB by themselves. Max Payne 3 comes to mind. I wouldn't be surprised if GTAV is closer to 50 GB when it gets to Windows. 32 GB would be suitable for the operating system and a few applications but I'd put Steam on a nice, big 3 TB HDD or something like that.

    Edit: FYI, my Steam directory weighs in at 840 GiB.
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    Unfortunately the one which appreciates fast drives are those with a load of storage, but depending on the game OP plays it can all be a non-issue. I usually keep only ~5 games installed (the rest archived to slow mechanical), so space is a non issue for me.
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    Yea, before I wiped my drive clean and installed Windows 8, my steam directory was over 640Gbs and I didn't even have everything installed. When I was using a 60gb SSD for OS, I had just Battlefield 3 the game 19Gb+ (Not the DLC), Visual Studio 2010, and Office 2010 Pro I was fighting for space all the time. I'd suggest with prices as low as they are for SSD to get a 120-128gb at the very minimum. I see a 128gb for $69.99 for the daily deal on newegg the other day. :toast:
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    Well My steam folder is at least 300Gig and is always constantly growing, So for the reason that I need to get a 512gig SSD and because my steam folder is always growing in size. paying less for 2 fast 2 or 3TB drives an running them in Raid 0 is probably a lot more value for money not to mention significantly cheaper then going SSD

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