In the last 2 post during our quest to build a gaming PC, we have covered Motherboards, Processors and then RAMs. Today we discuss another important component of gaming PC, indeed every PC, the coveted Storage. In this article we will discuss HDD, SDD and the fast becoming obsolete CD ROM.
Hard disks are storage devices in which you’ll be storing all your games. Basically we use HDD (Hard Disk Drives) and SSD (Solid State Drive). HDDs have now started becoming old technology and in the next 2-4 years and SSD would be the status-quo. Although costlier, putting the OS on a SSD, will make the computer boot faster much faster. By putting games on the SSD you will reduce the loading time drastically, but it’ll be a very expensive proposition. For Lower end builds, people can get a 1.5 or 2 TB HDD. Those with a bit more budget can go for a 128 or 256 GB SSD with 1 TB HDD. For Higher End Builds people can go all SSD up to 1 TB.
Though Disk Drives are now becoming outdated in terms of gaming, we still need disk drives for some games. We have generally two types of drives today- DVD and Blu Ray Disk Drive. All the PC games are coming out on DVDs and there is no point in buying a Blu Ray one now. So for everybody I would suggest a DVD disk drive only. It has to be said that both consoles (Xbox One and PS4) employ Blue Ray Discs, but the PC market is still thriving on DVD Drives since they are still cheaper to manufacture.
A DVD drive would be relevant if you buy retail copies of most of your games. But if you plan to use STEAM or GOG for most of your purchases, you might want to think about going disc less.
In the next and the final part of this series, we will be covering the most talked/discussed component of a gaming PC: THE GRAPHICS CARD. Until then let us know in the comments if you have any kind of questions. Also while you are at it read our last 2 articles in the series.