How much do hard drives effect game performance??

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#1 Posted by turkdaddy (267 posts) -

I have been wondering about this for awhile, how much do hard drives really effect gameplay? Obviously I understand they effect loading times but once the game or level is loaded does it even matter?

#2 Posted by theshadowhunter (2956 posts) -

they wont give you anymore FPS if thats what you are asking. all that loads into the RAM and VRAM when you play a game. as long as you have a decent 7200RPM hard drive you are fine for gaming.

#3 Posted by MonsieurX (31376 posts) -
It doesn't matter once the game is loader.
#4 Posted by metal_zombie (2288 posts) -
I want to get a SSD how big does the drive need to be so I can install windows 7 and one game at least
#5 Posted by MonsieurX (31376 posts) -
Go 64gb.
#6 Posted by Zevante101 (565 posts) -

When you are playing a game and loading it takes the data from the HDD and moves it into the RAM, if you don't have enough RAM then it will start swapping back and forth to the hard drive, killing your FPS. However the blow will be VERY SLIGHTLY lessened by your HDD speed. Just throw 4GB RAM in there and you'll be fine.