Is adding a 1.5 or 2 TB SSD to my rig worth it?

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#1 Posted by Blazepanzer24 (214 posts) -

Okay, so right now I have a gaming rig and it has a 500 GB SSD for the hard disk and two 2 TB regular hard drives. I kinda thinking about adding some more storage, but I don't want to remove my DVD drive or spend $80-$130 on a new motherboard. I'm also wary of buying any new HDDS since SSD prices are starting to come down and I suspect HDD quality control is going to drop as a result if it hasn't already.

To be honest I'm not really too concerned with having the fastest SSD, I just like the near instant start up that my current SSD gives me, so long as it's just as fast as my current one, it'll do me.

Also, I'm not really planning on upgrading my pc in terms of the processor or other things, though I may consider Switching the graphics card to the Radeon RX 580 in the future if my graphics card starts struggling to play games at low settings, 900P in the next five years.

In case you are wondering, here's the basic specs of my PC:

AMD RYZEN 5 1600 6-Core 3.2 GHz

16 GB DDR 4 (Across two memory modules) @2667 mhz

ASRock Phantom Gaming D Radeon RX 570 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5

SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W


DIYPC Zondda-O Black USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case

Seagate BarraCuda ST2000DM006 2TB 7200 RPM 64M

HITACHI, Hitachi Ultrastar A7K3000 HUA723020ALA640 2 TB Internal Hard Drive

SanDisk Ultra II 480 GB SSD

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#2 Edited by Horgen (121180 posts) -

Well I guess it is either that or switching on HDD with a bigger one.

I got a M.2 SATA based SSD. Very happy with it. I don't need the extra performance that PCIE based ones offers.

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#3 Edited by 04dcarraher (23245 posts) -


yea those nvme m.2's are not worth the premium, IMO when it comes day to day stuff and gaming. But lately those nvme's are really coming down in price

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#4 Posted by 04dcarraher (23245 posts) -


Your board can use a m.2 ssd. 1tb m.2's are around $100.

Crucial P1 1tb NVME m.2 $100

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#5 Posted by Alondrix (34 posts) -

@blazepanzer24: Yes, I had the same problem. My HDD was running out of space and I was looking for a solution. I added this:

Samsung External 1 TB SSD connected via USB 3.1. It works like a champ! Load times are faster than my 7200 rpm HDD.

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#6 Posted by Horgen (121180 posts) -

@04dcarraher said:


yea those nvme m.2's are not worth the premium, IMO when it comes day to day stuff and gaming. But lately those nvme's are really coming down in price

Not for the average user. You work with editing music, movies or photos, they are worth it I think.

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#7 Posted by PfizersaurusRex (1249 posts) -

Depends on your bank account, 1-2TB SSD's are too pricey for me, but I aim to get rid of ALL HDD's, just waiting for the prices to drop. I wasn't lucky with my Seagate Barracuda, it makes this vibrating noise, and I'm a sucker for silence. You wanna look at non premium models like Samsung Evo, Crucial MX or Kingston SUV series. BTW what do you need the DVD drive for?

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#8 Posted by Blazepanzer24 (214 posts) -

Yeah, those M.2 Drives look pretty good, and I'm not planning on using my PCI express X4 slot, so adding a 1 TB M.2 Drive seems to be the best way to go. Although it might be a bit better for me to go ahead and save up for a 2 TB M.2 drive, despite the fact it would take me a bit longer to do so.

As for the DVD drive, there's still a couple of older, CD based games I enjoy playing that'll work on modern hardware, but mostly it's just for aesthetic reasons these days.

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#9 Posted by dxmcat (2751 posts) -

My PC has been hdd-less for a few years now (exceot for external)

I initially added a 64gb system drive 6 years ago. Surprisingly, I got 6 years out of it before it died earlier this year. But anyway,

later on I added a 1tb sata ssd for games and apps, then earlier this year I added a 1tb sata m2 drive.

My windows / system still runs off its own 128gb ssd. As for the rest, I just add on as I go (as needed). I dont need one drive with everything on it.