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So I have a question regarding the choice of SSDs, especially in a System with two drives.

Scenario:
Both drives are SSDs, one would be a good SSD (Samsung Evo, Sandisk Ultra, Crucial MX500, WD Blue, ...) while the other would be an entry Level SSD (Samsung QVO, Sandisk SSD Plus, Crucial BX500, WD Green, ...).
If I intend to build a system with two drives, preferably both SSDs, one primarily for windows, drawing programs like AutoCad and smaller applications like MS Office and the latter as a game folder, which use case should get the better SSD? Because more often than not you hear Reviewers only recommend the more expensive SSDs like the Samsung EVO etc. for gaming although I fail to see why. Anything unadvisable about using two entry level SSDs, for instance two WD Greens? (Info: Up until now, all my games have always run off of an HDD)
As a side note, I only have the possibility of using 2,5" drives should someone recommend an SSD in combination with an HDD.

Thoughts?
 

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Are WD Greens bad?
Basically I was considering different combinations:
  1. 2x ~500GB
  2. 1x 120GB, 1x 1000GB
  3. 1x 240GB, 1x 1000GB
Otherwise a 500GB SSD and a 2TB 2,5" HDD at 5400RPM, though I keep thinking that even an entry level SSD would be multitudes faster than an HDD....
In my consideration, the WD Green SSD is below entry level.
Not kidding.
 

Tgeer276

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Are WD Greens bad?
Basically I was considering different combinations:
  1. 2x ~500GB
  2. 1x 120GB, 1x 1000GB
  3. 1x 240GB, 1x 1000GB
Otherwise a 500GB SSD and a 2TB 2,5" HDD at 5400RPM, though I keep thinking that even an entry level SSD would be multitudes faster than an HDD....
 

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How much storage do you need?

While previously going with a 240gb SSD & 1TB HDD was a solid choice but with SSD pricing being reasonable there's really no reason not to just get one large SSD.

If budget allows I'd snag a 2TB NMVe M.2 SSD such as the Intel 660P and call it a day.
 

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Doesn't that cause a decent amount of heat output on the motherboard, if one single drive is constantly read from and written to, instead of sharing the load across two drives?

And no, only one M.2, but two possible 2,5" bays.
 

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Are WD Greens bad?
Basically I was considering different combinations:
  1. 2x ~500GB
  2. 1x 120GB, 1x 1000GB
  3. 1x 240GB, 1x 1000GB
Otherwise a 500GB SSD and a 2TB 2,5" HDD at 5400RPM, though I keep thinking that even an entry level SSD would be multitudes faster than an HDD....
In my consideration, the WD Green SSD is below entry level.
Not kidding.
 

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I ended up going for a WD Blue M.2 250GB SSD (Boot Drive) and a Crucial MX500 1TB SSD (Game Library).
Got the WD Blue SSD for 46€ and the Crucial MX500 on sale for 99€.

So all in all just under 150€ for pure SSD storage, which was quite a good deal I'd say, while not skimping on quality drives.
 

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