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Windows 7: gaming PC with 2 caviar greens, looking to upgrade

31 Dec 2014   #1
AndarielHalo

 
 
gaming PC with 2 caviar greens, looking to upgrade

Right now I have two hard drives, my main OS drive and a gaming drive. I'm looking to upgrade the gaming drive to a Caviar Black, while keeping my main drive as it is.


Will this help improve gaming or is it bottlenecked by the OS drive?


Additionally, would upgrading my main drive to a Caviar Blue or Black see any significant increase in speed in terms of loading programs, performing system maintenance, etc? (My main drive is a 2 TB Green that is 85% full)


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31 Dec 2014   #2
Solarstarshines

Windows 10 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

SSD would be your best bet and to be honest Athlon 620 is Ancient and probably struggles and would recommend new cpu board and ram if you want to get rid of the bottleneck because it's really the CPU
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31 Dec 2014   #3
AndarielHalo

 
 

That setup in my profile is outdated. Right now I have 16 GB RAM and an i7 cpu. As for SSD, I don't know if I want to pay more for generally less space when I regularly use huge amounts of space on videos and graphics files (as well as backups for several other older hard drives).
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31 Dec 2014   #4
PSCO2007

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 

As was said by Solarstarshines an SSD is your best bet for your gaming loading/speed.

The best WD hdd cannot compete with an SSD.

Here's one that is inexpensive and has enough storage for your purposes.

Amazon.com: Crucial M500 240GB SATA 2.5-Inch 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter) Internal Solid State Drive CT240M500SSD1: Computers & Accessories
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31 Dec 2014   #5
AndarielHalo

 
 

Granted, but as it stands I don't want to use an SSD (yet). I don't really have enough money to do so, and my game contents take up more than 900 GB. I'd much rather wait a few years for a more cost-efficient SSD at larger sizes (if that'll even happen). Until then, I'm mostly aiming for larger hard drive size, with the faster speed as a bonus.
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31 Dec 2014   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

An additional SSD for the OS would be your best bet. Here is a 128GB for $55.

SanDisk Ultra Plus SDSSDHP-128G-G25 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) for Notebook - Newegg.com

But if you want a somewhat faster HDD, you should look for a SSHD.

Computer Parts, Laptops, Electronics, and More - Newegg.com

This one looks promising. I own the Seagate that is out of stock.

Seagate Solid State Hybrid ST1000LM014 1TB Laptop Hard Drive - Newegg.com
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31 Dec 2014   #7
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Keep in mind no HDD or SSD will increase your FPS. An SSD will dramatically increase boot speed and will reduce the time it takes for a program or game to load but that pretty much is all.
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31 Dec 2014   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

LF, would you like to live without an SSD ??
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01 Jan 2015   #9
RoasterMen

Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Solarstarshines View Post
SSD would be your best bet and to be honest Athlon 620 is Ancient and probably struggles and would recommend new cpu board and ram if you want to get rid of the bottleneck because it's really the CPU
Only thing to waste money for SSD if you want the games to load faster. HDD vs SSD while playing games doesn't make a difference but in loading times
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01 Jan 2015   #10
AndarielHalo

 
 

I never asked about SSDs to begin with


My current gaming config is such that FPS is almost never an issue for me on any game. My main concern is extra space now, but I'd also any slight boost in speed that a Black might offer over a Green.


All I want to know is whether upgrading the secondary hard drive would see a slight increase in gaming speed or if it's bottlenecked by the main hard drive, and also upgrading the main drive from Green to Black would see a slight increase in system speed for the main drive.


As well, I use my OS drive for mass storage.
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