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Windows 7: 16 GB SSD + HDD for storage?

02 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 
16 GB SSD + HDD for storage?

I'm building a new computer so my idea is to buy a cheaper CPU, but also 16 GB SSD for windows 7 and photoshop + HDD for main storage. If I buy SSD+HHD, will my computer be able to "stand by" for long time (like the new macbook air does)?

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02 Aug 2011   #2

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

16 GB SSD? Seems a bit small, not sure if you can really even run windows on that too well, let alone installing any apps.

My windows folder alone is more than that right now...
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02 Aug 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fseal View Post
16 GB SSD? Seems a bit small, not sure if you can really even run windows on that too well, let alone installing any apps.

My windows folder alone is more than that right now...
yeah, I can buy 32 then. Do you think its better to buy a good dual core processor with SSD instead of an intel i3 without SSD?
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02 Aug 2011   #4
whs
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

32GB is still a bit shy. I would recommend at least 50GB.

Regarding SSD or i3 - that is two completely different stories. The SSD will give you fast boot and fast access to programs. The i3 will give you reasonable processing - not really fast for very CPU intensive tasks like e.g. video encoding. Some duo cores are faster - e.g. an Intel E8600.
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02 Aug 2011   #5

 

below 80GB you'll need to install applications to the HDD. I highly suggest 125GB as a minimum.
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02 Aug 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
32GB is still a bit shy. I would recommend at least 50GB.

Regarding SSD or i3 - that is two completely different stories. The SSD will give you fast boot and fast access to programs. The i3 will give you reasonable processing - not really fast for very CPU intensive tasks like e.g. video encoding. Some duo cores are faster.
so you think I'm better off with a dual core (core 2 duo) instead of an i3? I though like "its new, must have technology". Also, Hackintosh osx86 is not so compatibl with new hardware... I'll choose dual core then, thanks for your help, everyone!
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02 Aug 2011   #7
whs
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by brady View Post
below 80GB you'll need to install applications to the HDD. I highly suggest 125GB as a minimum.
brady, I think that is a bit steep. On my 2 desktops I use 60GB drives and on 3 laptops I use 80 and 90GB drives. I never ran out of space. In my program files I have 1850 folders and over 12.000 files. Some data is on HDDs or on sticks.
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02 Aug 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by brady View Post
below 80GB you'll need to install applications to the HDD. I highly suggest 125GB as a minimum.
brady, I think that is a bit steep. On my 2 desktops I use 60GB drives and on 3 laptops I use 80 and 90GB drives. I never ran out of space. In my program files I have 1850 folders and over 12.000 files. Some data is on HDDs or on sticks.
Totally agree on that. 32 gb is enough if you don't install all the apps on SSD. you can install them on HDD. I'm texting on bicycle lol
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02 Aug 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

What I have done is run 2 80gb and install the system on one with drivers and split up the program files between the 2 ssd's seems to run a lot quicker and it's more efficient...I would recommend at least a 80 for the op system that alone needs 20gb just to give enough breathing room..
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02 Aug 2011   #10

 

Point being that with a larger size drive you don't need to manage the data on your os drive as much as if you split installations and directories. Just trying to keep future "omg my hdd is full" posts down a bit

but to clarify, yes. You don't 'need' a larger ssd.
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