Question Recommendations for storage for games with long load times

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I currently have 2 Hard Drives (1TB and 2TB) and an SSD for windows. Both hard drives are full so I need to get a new hard drive or SSD. Whatever I end up getting will be used for games, some of which have long load times so I would like to get something fast. I was looking at maybe a couple of hard drives in raid or a SSD but I'm not sure. I have a budget of up to $300 usd or so. Buying off of newegg would probably be best because it is cheaper than most places in my country. What are my best options?
 
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You could easily be in 1-2Tb class Sata SSD's, if you have an M.2 you could get 1TB of very fast storage. Don't bother with RAID, there are much much better options available now.
I have an M.2 slot on my motherboard that currently has a 32GB optane stick in it which I have given up on getting working and could replace with a M.2 SSD. What do you recommend?
 

13thmonkey

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the intel 660p is often at a good price, recently $100(ish) for 1TB. It's >3x faster than the fastest SSD, but not as fast as the fastest M.2's, but they cost a lot more, and you're reaching diminishing returns at that point.

It struggles on sustained writes when full, but your usage pattern will be intermittent writes and predominantly read related.

https://www.anandtech.com/show/13078/the-intel-ssd-660p-ssd-review-qlc-nand-arrives/9
 

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