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    Probably, but I don't like them personally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    120GB drive is going to literally be for OS, photoshop, illustrator and a few movie editing bits (thats it) the 2nd drive would be for steam/origin games.
    In which case, personally I'd get a Samsung 840 EVO/Crucial M500 at 240GB, partition 75% off for use (giving you 180GB to play with) and leave 25% spare to improve performance, then use a 1TB 7.2k drive for Steam. Much more cost effective, much better day-to-day performance in the OS, and maybe you're waiting a few seconds longer on level loads but you're saving a lot of money and have 4x the space to install games - saving you hours of managing that space and redownloading games.

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    Looking at it, a crucial 480GB SSD is just in my price range, its no bigger than I have now and I have plenty of space to play with (I dont install more than 4 or 5 games at a time, and I can run everything off the 1 drive), Thanks @sonofsanta. I would rep but it says I need to spread the love.

    *edit* no, wont get the crucial, looked online, plagued with issues. Lasts on average 3 months and you have to pay for the RMA. No thanks. will look at another option
    Last edited by nephilim; 17th February 2014 at 02:34 PM.

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    Gainward GeForce GTX 760 Phantom 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card

    Core: 1072MHz, Memory: 2048MB 6200MHz GDDR5, Stream Processors: 1152, Shader Clock: 2170MHz, SLI Ready, PhysX/CUDA Enabled, 2 Years Warranty

    Higher Core speed (1072 vs 980Mhz)and higher RAM speeds (6200 vs 6008Mhz)

    This card is 199.99 at the moment.

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    I did have a look at that card, but for my machine to run it, I need to get a new PSU on top (not a massive issue, but still, a hassle)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofsanta View Post
    Or get a Crucial M500 drive, that are on ridiculously good offers at the moment - 240GB for 102 or 480GB for 215. (there may be better offers than eBuyer out there, that was just a quick glance at what's about atm)
    Crucial had an amazing deal on M500 SSDs last week. I purchased a 240GB M500 for 83.80 (after cashback) as it was too tempting an offer.

    Edit. Perhaps that's why they were cheap?
    Last edited by Arthur; 17th February 2014 at 02:48 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    I did have a look at that card, but for my machine to run it, I need to get a new PSU on top (not a massive issue, but still, a hassle)
    Your sig says you have a 1000w PSU - what on earth have you got that needs that much power / umph etc ?

    FX 8350 8core CPU, Asus M5A78L-M, 8GB Kingston Hyper-X 1600MHz, 4GB Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz, ATI 5770 (x2), 1000w OCZ Psu, W7 64 bit

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    yeah that should be adjusted really, that went bang after a nice surge this weekend. lol. Now got a 550W in there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    will look at another option
    Samsung 840 EVOs are reliable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    yeah that should be adjusted really, that went bang after a nice surge this weekend. lol. Now got a 550W in there.
    aahhhh ok - that make's a bit more sense, was gonna say, what are you gonna upgrade your PSU to, 2000W ?? lol. Not even sure you can get anything better than a 1000W, if you can, I must admit , I haven't seen any

    That doesn't mean to say they don't exist, just not paid much attention to power supply wattage ratings etc he he

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Samsung 840 EVOs are reliable.
    Yes I saw, might stretch my budget a bit but should be able to afford the 500GB version this month

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    *edit* no, wont get the crucial, looked online, plagued with issues. Lasts on average 3 months and you have to pay for the RMA. No thanks. will look at another option
    Samsung then, been running an 830 at home for a couple of years, and got over 150 of the 840 EVOs in here, only had one go silly buggers and it was RMA'd within a few days. Never used the M500 myself but have seen it mentioned a lot when price/performance is key, and the m4 used to be rock solid. 'tis a shame, then, but you won't go wrong with a Samsung.

    The Pro's are better performing but the 840 EVO is more than good enough, and TLC isn't a concern unless you're running VM/database workloads.

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    Could you send one for me to test? a 500GB one perhaps? lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    Could you send one for me to test? a 500GB one perhaps? lol
    Only got 120GB, and only ever fill 75% of them at most in school (that's the hot swap machines with every software package going installed)

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    I'll happily try a 120GB one

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