Question RTX 2060 + HDD VS 1660 Ti + NVMe

Feb 6, 2021
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HI, I am ascending to the PC Master Race soon so I have configured 2 PCs on PCSpecialist and, for roughly the same price, I can get a PC with an RTX 2060 but with a hard drive or a GTX 1660 Ti with an NVMe SSD. Is the better graphics card more important or the faster loading times? BTW, all other specs are IDENTICAL!
 

Colif

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right now? I would get the better GPU as you can always upgrade to NVME later.

NVME easier to find now too.

Then you can have hdd and nvme, 2 drives safer than 1 (if windows on nvme and all you data on hdd, if the c drive needs to be reinstalled you get to keep all the data on hdd). I have both with a 2070 Super.
 
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punkncat

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To be fair, it's according to the main usage of the machine. With the NVME it's going to load quicker, start faster, and generally just "feel" like a faster machine on the desktop and while performing tasks. It will do ZERO for a game aside from load times (with sufficient RAM installed).
The 2060 is certainly better than the 1660ti, so you know it will help with gaming and GPU intensive workloads.

The HDD is going to put your system load times and access on par with computers two decades ago....
 

Colif

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if it was a normal year, I would too say it depends, but as GPU hard to get now, best you can get there is a safer idea than a nvme and a lower rank gpu.

I did look at nvme vs hdd and see there is no real choice... but its not a normal year. Its why I suggested get one later.
 

punkncat

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^ another aspect to consider here would be an inexpensive SATA SSD. Even a lowly SSD is 4X or more faster than HDD. The issue IMO would then be storage, since there is little question you can find a large hard drive cheaper.
 

Colif

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Depends how big hdd is, might be large already (3tb isn't expensive) as if he adds a ssd, thats enough to make a difference. The form factor of the ssd doesn't really matter, as long as its faster than the hdd and maybe has a cache on it. SSD doesn't need to be big, but a 512gb is probably smallest I would get.

last pc had ssd & hdd, never felt slow.
current is nvme + hdd, what does slow mean?
 
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