SSD Storage Requirements

By St1ckM4n
Jul 7, 2014
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  1. Are you thinking of building a new desktop (or laptop, with more than one HDD slot) rig?
    Not sure what size SSD to get?

    1. I highly recommend an SSD in your budget. It's the single biggest boost to performance you can get these days.
    2. I can vouch for 64GB being enough, as long as you have extra 1TB+ platters in the system. Here's why:
    • It takes 5 minutes to set up Program Files etc directories on the slower HDD, change default location of your libraries (Music/Docs/etc). You're now set up.
    • When installing stuff, you either leave it as default C:\Program Files\Blah path to install on SSD, or just change the first letter to your HDD to have in install on the slow drive. No registry hacks, nothing to corrupt, all fine and a 2 second modification when installing.

    • 64GB is enough to have everything on Win7 turned on (apart from Hibernation), such as Indexing, System Restore, etc. You can install the OS, Office Suite, two full Adobe Master Collections, as many browsers as you want, Steam, chat clients, etc. Everything (unless you're a pro user - read: work) will fit, with at least 10% free space remaining for garbage collection and wear levelling.

    • It depends how rich you are, but games honestly don't get that much of a boost. You load a game, you play it for a couple hours, you close it down. You're not opening/closing games every 2 minutes, so that 2-20 second SSD advantage doesn't add up to much. Considering Steam libraries these days, a typical person would need an ADDITIONAL 500GB SSD in their system just for games - 500GB for OS/programs/games is sometimes not enough. I have 1TB WD Black on SATA2 and I still load games very fast.
    • Granted, if you only have 1-3 games you regularly play, coupled with the more economical cost of a 120GB+ SSD, it may be a wise decision to get this and install said games on the main drive, with other games on your HDD.
    • Worth mentioning one more time - the $/GB is better when purchasing 120GB SSD, and gets better the higher you go.

    • I have a $3000 rig, $1400 monitor, and another $1400 SteamBox. Not to be a douche, but Im saying this because this is in the realm of "dude has money to spend on PC". I am here, telling you that I'm still fine with my 64GB SSD on my main gaming rig and there's no need to upgrade until entire rig dies. My SteamBox has a 500GB due to: cost efficiency, silence, and because I don't have my full games library on it.

    To finalise: if you have a desktop PC and have other 1TB+ platters, and you're on a pretty tight budget, 64GB will suffice no problem. If you can't control yourself (e.g. when installing) or you're forgetful, maybe it's worth spending that little bit extra to get a 120GB one (if your budget is loose enough to fit it).
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2014
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  2. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +960

    This needs to be stickied. Nice work.
  3. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,909   +389

    Stickied it.

    I've considered this upgrade on and off a few times. However, in my looking, its hard to justify how slow 64GB ones are compared to larger sizes. To be fair - I haven't looked at any SSDs in quite some time, maybe the landscape has changed.
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 14,803   +509

    Recommend NOT indexing on any SSD - - almost useless AND reduces the MTBF (mean time between failures). Conserve all I/O on SSDs.
  5. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 3,480   +627

    It still happens, all the way up to 500GB, then the speeds plateau. But there's a lot of 60GB one's where the speeds are pretty on-par.

    Yep, you're right. That's probably a topic for another thread though. This one - I just wanted to reassure people on a tight budget that 60GB is enough. :)

    Thanks. :p
  6. ocer9999

    ocer9999 TS Rookie

    Isn't 128GB just a bit more than 60GB these days? BTW, which brand you guys recommend?
  7. Cryhavoc

    Cryhavoc TS Member

    When my platter died I happened to have a wad of cash to spend so I just replaced the drive with an SSD and have been using it like any other drive.... Is this a no-no??

  8. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,604   +393

    You'll be fine - just don't run disk scanning optimizations like defrag on it. They're getting so inexpensive now that by the time you wear that drive out you'll be able to buy a much larger one at a lower price. Just a few years ago (2-3) these things were $1-2/GB and now we're talking < $0.40/GB for the larger drives.
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