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Ssd Drive And New Psu ( What Do You Think? )

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by lordgeordie, Apr 10, 2014.

Ssd Drive And New Psu ( What Do You Think? )

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by lordgeordie, Apr 10, 2014.

  1. lordgeordie

    lordgeordie Private


    I have fitted my 280x and now think it would be a good idea to get a better power supply and finally take the plunge into SSD's ( operating system + Photoshop and maybe Rome 2 etc )

    right just want your thoughts on the ones I am going for

    Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk

    Corsair RM 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply

    what do you think? good buys? great to see your thoughts on choice and price

    Bench mark of new card
    p.s here are the benchmarks from my 280x ( I know you guys will smash these scores but not a bad jump in performance for me)

  2. GFiSH

    GFiSH Staff Member Tagged Donator

    I've got that exact SSD and I love it. A friend of mine just got a 500GB Crucial M500 for about £160 from Ebuyer. They're being sold off as it has been superceded by the M550. Double the storage for a few extra quid.

    As for the PSU, why do you need 1000W? Are you planning on a second GPU? I'm running an R9 280X on a 700W Corsair Builder Series PSU with no issues.

    EDIT: Sorry, I've got the EVO, not the Pro.
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2014
  3. lordgeordie

    lordgeordie Private

    Gfish, i was just covering myself for the future as i currently have a 600w and just want to make sure i have enough juice ( it wasn't too expensive and seems a good rating )

    is the 500gb crucial any good? ( speed wise? )

    thanks for info - p.s love the R9 280x
  4. Noxvayl

    Noxvayl Eligible

    Good SSD choice, where are you getting your price from btw? I can't find a Samsung 840 PRO for that price anywhere.

    If you want to save some money without loosing too much performance you could get the EVO for £118 at Scan or the Crucial M500 for £88 which is still a great SSD: http://www.scan.co.uk/shop/computer-hardware/all/hard-drives-ssd/ssd-25-sata-iii-%28240gb-360gb%29 You are unlikely to notice a difference in performance between the PRO and EVO Samsung drives.

    Some Crucial M500 reviews: http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/storage/57861-crucial-m500-ssd-240gb-960gb/ and http://www.anandtech.com/show/6884/crucial-micron-m500-review-960gb-480gb-240gb-120gb

    The other SSD drives I'd recommend are the SanDisk Ultra Plus/Extreme and Intel drives. I own a Crucial m4 and SanDisk Ultra Plus and they are performing well for me.

    What are your system specs? The power supply is a decent brand with good warranty but you may be getting far too high a wattage PSU because few systems require 1000W. The reason that is a bad thing is because below 20% usage PSUs have lower efficiency and with a general i7 CPU, Motherboard, RAM and your GFX you would barely pass 200W in general gaming which is just around the 20% power draw mark, far below the best efficiency operation for the PSU. You want to be drawing closer to 70% power from your PSU to be in the sweet spot for efficiency.

    For a regular system with 1 or 2 graphics cards 750W has more than enough headroom. You can see from this review of your 280X that with a regular system without too many extra stuff inside your case you would be well served by a good 550W PSU: http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/radeon_r7_260x_r9_270x_280x_review_benchmarks,10.html

    I would consider the following: Seasonic G 750W £100 or the Enermax Revolution Xt 730W £95 The Enermax would be my personal choice because I have 4 Enermax PSUs in various systems with them all going strong, 2 of which are 5 years old now. Seasonic is widely regarded as one of the best manufacturers of PSUs so I don't hesitate to recommend them. I prefer brands that manufacture their own PSUs, you can see which ones do here: http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page541.htm

    You can find the Seasonic PSU at Overclocker here: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA-042-SS&groupid=701&catid=123&subcat=2466
  5. lordgeordie

    lordgeordie Private

    Noxvayl - good feedback mate! I might be able to reduce the PSU to 850w if needed ( i have a i7 CPU and currently my 280x is running on a 600 w but as its the most important part of my machine i am wanting a bit more juice and more reliable )

    This is where i am looking for the SSD from https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-drive-mz7pd256bw
  6. SexyHyde

    SexyHyde Tagged

    Crucial m500 would be my recommendation. Your not cutting edge so I will go out on a limb and say you wouldn't notice a difference between that and the newer ones, I don't think I would either. So the double storage you get will be better.

    Agree on the drop wattage, unless you have a blueprint for updates that would require it. Get a nice 600-700 gold/platinum
  7. SashkaDurashka

    SashkaDurashka Private

    650W with GTX560Ti and Haswell i5 4670k is more than enough yo.
  8. MG

    MG Staff Member Tagged Donator

    Good price on the Pro SSD I've got one myself.

    Scan and OcUK do the 850w version for £107 so you could save yourself a few quid there.
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2014
  9. Noxvayl

    Noxvayl Eligible

    With an i7 overclocked your system power draw without a graphics card would be 250W or less. Single slot cards draw no more than 250W as standard but for arguments sake lets say you've overclocked the nuts off the 280X and it draws 350W. A ridiculously overclocked i7 system and 280X would only draw 600W, and even then that would be when running stress tests like Furmark and Prime95 simultaneously, you'll never get close to that during normal use. For a single GPU setup you don't need more than 650W, that would be safe and allow for customisation and overclocking in the future.

    To allow for future Crossfire or SLI 750W would be recommended. I am not sure what your future plans are so I suggested 750W to be safe, more than that is overkill in my opinion.
  10. lordgeordie

    lordgeordie Private

    Ace stuff guys! I might look at saving money on PSU then ( I think 850 might cover anything major - as I may need to run a number of drives and may dabble in SLI ) will have a look at the options ( thank you all )
  11. Saundie

    Saundie Prototype Staff Member Tagged

    I think yellow is not the right colour for text.
  12. Ralthen

    Ralthen Tagged

    i ran two oc gtx 660tis and my i5 3570k oc on under 600w should be fine not buying psu for awhile until you really need it or if your gonna go for sli on high tier cards later on
  13. lordgeordie

    lordgeordie Private

    Does anyone know win 7 64bit's total size after all update and service packs? Just seeing how much space that would take up on ssd.

    I think my current PSU is not great, I would rather have one in warrenty and reliable ( gold + )
  14. Ralthen

    Ralthen Tagged

    hmm with upgrades and various other software for win7 somewhere around 30-35gb

    add in profile with your my document depending on content then a lot more :)

    id advise installing any non essential programs onto a normal hard drive :) and using the ssd soley for priority games
  15. lordgeordie

    lordgeordie Private

    The plan .... Adobe tools , OS and Rome 2 on the ssd.....the rest on my hard drive.

    Must admit I am a bit excited to see loading times of Rome 2 and adobe software :)