Question Should I buybSSD, HDD or both?

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I am planning to build a computer and still doubt which Storage I would buy. I was suggested by someone with experience to buy an Intel 660p Series 1TB, but my friends recommend using a small SSD for OS and a large (2TB) HDD for the rest. What's the best choice? Thanks in advance.
 

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Depends what you are doing with your pc. If you are a normal user and just gaming then buy a 250-500GB ssd for os and most played games and another 1-2TB HDD for the rest games and personal files. If you use your pc as workstation then you probably need more ssd storage and faster speeds like m2 nvme ssd's.
 
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What is your budget?
What is your prospective cpu and gpu?


I will never again build without a ssd for the "C" drive. It makes everything you do much quicker.
240gb is minimum, it will hold the os and a handful of games.
But, many things default to the "C" drive.
When a SSD nears full, it will lose performance and endurance.

If you can go 500gb you may never need a hard drive.
With ssd prices down, even 1tb is reasonable.

You can defer on the hard drive unless you need to store large files such as video's.
It is easy to add a hard drive later.


Intel 660P is cheap and good quality.
But, performance is not the best.
Samsung EVO is a good choice for performance and reliability.
 
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What is your budget?
What is your prospective cpu and gpu?


I will never again build without a ssd for the "C" drive. It makes everything you do much quicker.
240gb is minimum, it will hold the os and a handful of games.
But, many things default to the "C" drive.
When a SSD nears full, it will lose performance and endurance.

If you can go 500gb you may never need a hard drive.
With ssd prices down, even 1tb is reasonable.

You can defer on the hard drive unless you need to store large files such as video's.
It is easy to add a hard drive later.


Intel 660P is cheap and good quality.
But, performance is not the best.
Samsung EVO is a good choice for performance and reliability.
Money is not the problem, but I'd like to keep it not too expensive.

The CPU that I chose is an AMD Ryzen 5 3600 and the GPU is an MSI Radeon RX 5700.

I was planning to start editing on my computer, so does that mean it's better to also take an HDD?
 
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Depends what you are doing with your pc. If you are a normal user and just gaming then buy a 250-500GB ssd for os and most played games and another 1-2TB HDD for the rest games and personal files. If you use your pc as workstation then you probably need more ssd storage and faster speeds like m2 nvme ssd's.
I was planning to game, edit and use it for school things (Powerpoint, Word etc)
 
Aug 22, 2019
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What is your budget?
What is your prospective cpu and gpu?


I will never again build without a ssd for the "C" drive. It makes everything you do much quicker.
240gb is minimum, it will hold the os and a handful of games.
But, many things default to the "C" drive.
When a SSD nears full, it will lose performance and endurance.

If you can go 500gb you may never need a hard drive.
With ssd prices down, even 1tb is reasonable.

You can defer on the hard drive unless you need to store large files such as video's.
It is easy to add a hard drive later.


Intel 660P is cheap and good quality.
But, performance is not the best.
Samsung EVO is a good choice for performance and reliability.
Is Crucial MX500 250GB m2 ssd or Crucial MX500 500GB m2 ssd a good option?

I'm thinking about buying a SSD and an HDD, so should I buy a SSD with 250 or 500GB?
 

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Is Crucial MX500 250GB m2 ssd or Crucial MX500 500GB m2 ssd a good option?

I'm thinking about buying a SSD and an HDD, so should I buy a SSD with 250 or 500GB?
The MX500 is a top quality drive. I've installed several.
Intel 660p IS a good low cost NVMe, price rivals that of the MX500, but faster.

SSD + HDD?
All depends on your budget and space needs. My system (specs below), is SSD only.
 
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A 500gb ssd will hold a good number of games. That is all I happen to need.
A ssd will come in two formats, 2.5" and m.2
The m.2 devices are about the size and shape of a stick of gum.
They will plug into a motherboard slot and do not need stat data or power connectors.
Then, m.2 comes in sata or pcie versions.
pcie versions are more expensive but have higher sequential data transfer rates.
Not as big a thing as you might hope since most activity will be small random I/o.

MX500 is one of the better ones, but I like Samsung evo for performance and reliability.
If your new motherboard supports m.2 pcie, Try to buy a Samsung 970 evo m.2
https://www.newegg.com/samsung-970-evo-500gb/p/N82E16820147690?reviews=all

Defer on a hard drive and save budget until you actually need the space; it is easy to add a hard drive later.
Just my opinion.
 
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A 500gb ssd will hold a good number of games. That is all I happen to need.
A ssd will come in two formats, 2.5" and m.2
The m.2 devices are about the size and shape of a stick of gum.
They will plug into a motherboard slot and do not need stat data or power connectors.
Then, m.2 comes in sata or pcie versions.
pcie versions are more expensive but have higher sequential data transfer rates.
Not as big a thing as you might hope since most activity will be small random I/o.

MX500 is one of the better ones, but I like Samsung evo for performance and reliability.
If your new motherboard supports m.2 pcie, Try to buy a Samsung 970 evo m.2
https://www.newegg.com/samsung-970-evo-500gb/p/N82E16820147690?reviews=all

Defer on a hard drive and save budget until you actually need the space; it is easy to add a hard drive later.
Just my opinion.
Ok, I'll see !
 

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