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elsamu

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...the top comment recommends to install a SSD into the other hard drive bay, and I think to install like the operating system onto it. I have heard of this general idea, but I was wondering what the reasoning for this is, what size SSD I would need for this purpose, and if my usages would include gaming, would this be helpful? Also, I've read that very few games utilize more than 8gb of RAM so I was also wondering what the purpose of adding more RAM would be?

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It only effects load time, the time a level or map has to load, it does not directly increase (graphics) performance. To install the OS on the SSD it is generally advised to do it while the HDD is unplugged so the files do not split at all across them. You would need your OS disk and serial #, unplug the HDD, plug in the SSD, install onto the SSD, then you can plug the HDD back in and format it/move your data, etc...

chugot9218

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Very few to no games utilize a full 8GB of RAM, won't help you much for gaming. Also, SSD will only benefit you in load times as far as gaming goes. No performance gains possible without a new CPU or GPU (you can receive a minor boost from faster RAM but is generally not considered to be worth the cost).
 

elsamu

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So you're saying that the SSD does impact performance in gaming? And is what you do is to install the operating system onto the SSD somehow? I'm sure I could find a tutorial somewhere, but does this process have a specific name? Thanks!
 

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It only effects load time, the time a level or map has to load, it does not directly increase (graphics) performance. To install the OS on the SSD it is generally advised to do it while the HDD is unplugged so the files do not split at all across them. You would need your OS disk and serial #, unplug the HDD, plug in the SSD, install onto the SSD, then you can plug the HDD back in and format it/move your data, etc...
 
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elsamu

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Alright thanks for the answers! Also quick question, what size SSD would I need to be able to store the OS?