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firey    3,964

So would the following make the most sense then:

256GB M.2 for OS/System
1TB Sata SSD/HDD for Apps/Games?

 

I realize modern games are larger and would expand storage if needed

 

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Brandon H    3,111
1 minute ago, firey said:

So would the following make the most sense then:

256GB M.2 for OS/System
1TB Sata SSD/HDD for Apps/Games?

 

I realize modern games are larger and would expand storage if needed

 

Yes that drive setup would work well :)

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firey    3,964
Just now, Brandon H said:

Yes that drive setup would work well :)

It's definitely interesting how this thread has gone, I've learned a tonne, and realized that there really is no de facto setup.  A lot of it comes down to opinion and mixtures that work.

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Mindovermaster    2,369
4 minutes ago, firey said:

So would the following make the most sense then:

256GB M.2 for OS/System
1TB Sata SSD/HDD for Apps/Games?

 

I realize modern games are larger and would expand storage if needed

 

looks good :)

1 minute ago, firey said:

It's definitely interesting how this thread has gone, I've learned a tonne, and realized that there really is no de facto setup.  A lot of it comes down to opinion and mixtures that work.

glad we could help. :D

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Jim K    13,632
7 minutes ago, firey said:

So would the following make the most sense then:

256GB M.2 for OS/System
1TB Sata SSD/HDD for Apps/Games?

 

I realize modern games are larger and would expand storage if needed

 

Yes. If the 256GB is a m.2 PCIe.  Which one are you looking at specifically?

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firey    3,964
2 minutes ago, Jim K said:

Yes. If the 256GB is a m.2 PCIe.  Which one are you looking at specifically?

Haven't really determined yet.  Just trying to figure out what's worth looking at.

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LaP    2,177
Posted (edited)
18 minutes ago, firey said:

So would the following make the most sense then:

256GB M.2 for OS/System
1TB Sata SSD/HDD for Apps/Games?

 

I realize modern games are larger and would expand storage if needed

 

Depending on if you like to keep all your games installed to replay them here and there 1TB might be a little bit small. If the price difference between 1TB and 2TB is not too big i would entertain getting a 2TB one. Personally i have 2TB of storage for games, music, movies, etc ...

 

With 256MB you'll have enough place to put your apps on the m2 drive unless you install things like Visual Studio or Adobe CC.

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Jim K    13,632
Just now, firey said:

Haven't really determined yet.  Just trying to figure out what's worth looking at.

aah ok. Samsung obviously makes good drives. I believe you could get either a 250GB or 512GB ... 970 Evo (or Evo Plus) for under a hundred bucks.

 

Biggest thing... just make sure it isn't a m.2 SATA (for example the Samsung 860 Evo is a m.2 SATA... Western Digital Blue m.2 are SATA, etc).

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LaP    2,177
5 minutes ago, firey said:

Haven't really determined yet.  Just trying to figure out what's worth looking at.

I like Samsung and Crucial for SSD personally. Had only good experience with them.

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Mockingbird    2,780
Posted (edited)
2 hours ago, firey said:

So would the following make the most sense then:

256GB M.2 for OS/System
1TB Sata SSD/HDD for Apps/Games?

 

 

I realize modern games are larger and would expand storage if needed

 

M.2 is just a form factor.

 

For example, you can this Crucial MX 500 in a 2.5" form factor or M.2 form factor.

 

500GB Crucial MX500 (2.5" form factor)

 

https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/product/LRkj4D/western-digital-blue-500gb-25-solid-state-drive-wds500g2b0a

 

500GB Crucial MX500 (M.2 form factor)

 

https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/product/fgZFf7/crucial-mx500-500gb-m2-2280-solid-state-drive-ct500mx500ssd4

 

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The faster SSDs are PCIe NVMe SSDs.

 

For example

 

500GB Crucial P1

 

https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/product/xpYLrH/crucial-p1-500gb-m2-2280-solid-state-drive-ct500p1ssd8

 

These are more expensive, and you won't be able to notice any difference unless you edit 4K videos or work with large databases.

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Jim K    13,632
15 minutes ago, Mockingbird said:

M.2 is just a form factor.

 

For example, you can this Crucial MX 500 in a 2.5" form factor or M.2 form factor.

 

500GB Crucial MX500 (2.5" form factor)

 

https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/product/LRkj4D/western-digital-blue-500gb-25-solid-state-drive-wds500g2b0a

 

500GB Crucial MX500 (M.2 form factor)

 

https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/product/fgZFf7/crucial-mx500-500gb-m2-2280-solid-state-drive-ct500mx500ssd4

 

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The faster SSDs are PCIe NVMe SSDs.

 

These are very expensive, but you won't be able to notice any difference unless you edit 4K videos or work with large databases.

Yea...I think we've covered the two interfaces.  Though with respect to price ... bull ...

 

For example...you could either get a ...

860 Evo (SATA) 500GB for $96 ... or a ...

970 Evo (PCIe) 500GB for $90 ... or a ...

970 Evo Plus (PCIe) 500GB for $110

(all m.2 ... NewEgg prices)

 

The 1TB Evo 860 and 970 are the same price (Evo Plus is about 50 bucks more)

 

Not sure why the m.2 860 Evos even exists...lol

 

So, not sure where you're getting this "very expensive" from.  Yes, 2TB drives are very expensive and the PCIe versions tend to cost significantly more than their SATA counterparts.

 

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firey    3,964
Posted (edited)

So with the info you all gave me and some research I did, I went to the local computer shop and got a a pretty solid PC build.  Got it all together last night.

 

Specs:

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X (4.4Ghz)
MOBO: Azure Prime X470-PRO
PSW: Corsair CX 650
RAM: 2x 8GB Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro
Storage: 1x 250GB Western Digital Black (M.2 x4)
1x 1TB Intel 660P (M.2 x2)
GFX: EVGA Nvidia GTX1660XC 
Case: Corsair Carbie 275R Tempered Glass White

 

And since it was on sale, I also got an LG 24" 144HZz monitor

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Jim K    13,632

...and for around ~1500 CAD?

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firey    3,964

yea, final system cost (without the monitor and warranty) was like 1530. Monitor was 200 and then warranty for 3 years as 120.

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Mindovermaster    2,369

Gats, have fun, bro :D

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firey    3,964

Thank ya! Been good so far.

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