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[1 x 1TB (cheaper) M.2-2280 SSD + 1 x 512GB (fastest) M.2-2280 SSD (only for DCS)] or [1 x 2 TB for everything?]


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Hopefully the title says it all.

 

Would you put the OS, Page File, and all other programs on a smaller, cheaper (not-top-of-the-line) 1TB SSD like an EVO 970, and dedicate a fast 512GB SSD like a Samsung EVO 980 Pro JUST for DCS and MSFS2020?

 

Or would you not worry about it and put everything on a 2TB SSD like a Sabrent Rocket 4.0 or EVO 980 Pro?

 

The computer will be primarily for gaming.

 

 


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If it helps I have the OS and all my games including DCS on. 1tb Sabrent Rocket M2 nvme Gen 4.

I have no problems at all.

This system is for gaming, web browsing and a little Photoshop etc.

Just calculate your space required and get one big enough. I'm sure your aware of that already mate.

 


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Unless you do other things apart from gaming like Video Editing, Video Capture, Virtual Machines and alikes I would follow Bossco82's advice to start with. Get a 1-2TB drive, install it ALL on that NVMe and call it a day.

 

You can always add drives down the road.

 

The only good thing with more drives is that you can have the OS separately which makes it somewhat easier to manage OS reinstallations and preserving cold data ( pics, files, etc.. ) and DCS as it does not need to be installed to function, a copy and paste or reconnect the drive is all it needs, most games do not allow this, same for Office or other productive suites, they need an installation so you would not benefit from multiple drives other than performance gains if you work it hard.

 

For a standard consumer PC, 1 main drive ( NVMe or Sata3 SSD )and 1 Backup drive (HDD 4+TB range size & best if USB that can be disconnected for ransomware protection ) is a good start.

 

I run 4 Sata SSD's, 1 NVMe and 2 HDD's ( which are disabled in Bios for ransomware protection and only activated if I need them to backup stuff ) but I do lots of virtual machines and have tons of files ( pics, movies, files ) that I want detached from the OS drive...and I usually know what I am doing when messing with it so I dont get confused O_o.

 

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18 hours ago, BitMaster said:

Unless you do other things apart from gaming like Video Editing, Video Capture, Virtual Machines and alikes I would follow Bossco82's advice to start with. Get a 1-2TB drive, install it ALL on that NVMe and call it a day.

 

You can always add drives down the road.

 

The only good thing with more drives is that you can have the OS separately which makes it somewhat easier to manage OS reinstallations and preserving cold data ( pics, files, etc.. ) and DCS as it does not need to be installed to function, a copy and paste or reconnect the drive is all it needs, most games do not allow this, same for Office or other productive suites, they need an installation so you would not benefit from multiple drives other than performance gains if you work it hard.

 

For a standard consumer PC, 1 main drive ( NVMe or Sata3 SSD )and 1 Backup drive (HDD 4+TB range size & best if USB that can be disconnected for ransomware protection ) is a good start.

 

I run 4 Sata SSD's, 1 NVMe and 2 HDD's ( which are disabled in Bios for ransomware protection and only activated if I need them to backup stuff ) but I do lots of virtual machines and have tons of files ( pics, movies, files ) that I want detached from the OS drive...and I usually know what I am doing when messing with it so I dont get confused O_o.

 

Good idea to disconnect the backup drives until needed.  I currently have USB drives backing up my laptop's drives, and they're always connected so the backups can run as scheduled.  Thanks for that advice.

Our office had a ransomware attack a few years ago, and to this day I don't know why it didn't get to our mirrored NAS data backups.  Thank goodness it didn't.  It was still a royal pain to rebuild all the workstations.  Now I back up the workstations onto the NAS, and our data and accounting software lives in the cloud.

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1 minute ago, Leg2ion said:

I always stick Windows, Office and any other Utility programs on a dedicated boot drive, and then separate games onto one drive and photos/photo editing on another. Just prefer the compartmentalisation for management when upgrading etc.

That's where I am with my laptop.  Appreciate the feedback, as I'm undecided about which way to go with a new gaming desktop build.

How big is your boot drive?

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1 hour ago, eracer1111 said:

Good idea to disconnect the backup drives until needed.  I currently have USB drives backing up my laptop's drives, and they're always connected so the backups can run as scheduled.  Thanks for that advice.

Our office had a ransomware attack a few years ago, and to this day I don't know why it didn't get to our mirrored NAS data backups.  Thank goodness it didn't.  It was still a royal pain to rebuild all the workstations.  Now I back up the workstations onto the NAS, and our data and accounting software lives in the cloud.

 

You might want to consider disabling SMB protocol to Backup your stuff and use SFTP instead. I use Acronis Backup Software ( Cyber something at the moment ) and it only establishes the secure SSH based FTP channel when doing backups and cuts it right after backing up. This way, the NAS Server is NOT visible in the network at all and all attempts to connect to it run to dev/null :). The only downside is that it will be slower since at least on Ubuntu Linux the SSHd runs on a single core, so your single core speed is your max performance. We use a 4790k and achieve about 35MB/sec, on SMB this is 3x faster but not as save when the sh!t hits the fan. 

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