So I got my old comp up and running, wiped the HDD and got it out(after a great struggle due to crappy mounting brackets).
However, I noticed this HDD has a 16MB cache compared to the seemingly standard 32mb.
My question is: Will this make a huge difference and should I just use it as a secondary storage or will I be good to go? I do alot of heavy gaming, programming, and general web surfing.
The spike in HDD prices makes me sad but I can spend the money if need be. This also brings me to another question: If I need to get a new HDD, should I go with a SSD or just get a mechanical? I looked up and it seems the 120GB Crucial and OCZ(these seem to be the most recommended 2) are around $200. Thats a little much for me, but at the same time I don't see a 60GB being that useful at all considering the games I play take up so much space. I would fit my OS + like 2-3 games max on there.
Also, I am getting a z68 board, so how much of a difference is there with the SSD caching it offers? Is it worth going for at all as a cheaper alternative? Would I be able to install my OS on the SSD and partition off a space of cachable SSD space for the mechanical drive? I really don't know anything about them.
I know down the road it will be a huge pain if I get a SSD and decide to switch then instead of now, but I'm not confident I have the funds to get a SSD now.
My current HDD is 16MBCache/7200RPM. Should I break down and buy a 32MB/7200(Or a SSD) or will this suffice for heavy gaming/programming.