Hard Drives & Solid State Drives
We provide a variety of storage options for your gaming PC, including NVMe and SATA solid-state drives. Your gaming collection and files need somewhere to be stored and quickly accessed. M.2 and SSDs provide the quickest read and write storage drive speeds. You’ll be able to load games and save files a lot faster than with mechanical hard drives of the past.
Using video files as a comparison, the average HD file is around three times bigger than its SD (Standard Definition) equivalent, so you’re going to need plenty of space. Couple that with games like Call of Duty requiring nearly 200GB of storage space, upgrading your hard drive or solid-state drive can be a must-have update to your system.
Read on to learn a bit more about how computer storage works and understand what storage drive you need to give your PC an update.
With proper storage, you won’t have to constantly install and uninstall games to save space. We carry a range of solid-state drives with sizes from 250GB to 2TB. Browse the most popular brands such as Samsung, Western Digital, Corsair & Kingston.
How Computer Storage Works
Data is binary code that is stored on a media and then retrieved. A mechanical HDD, which stores the data as magnetic dots, is one of the various types of storage. SSDs, Memory cards, and flash drives are examples of optical storage devices that use pits and NAND to encode binary data for pit array storage.
Data can be kept in storage for a short or extended time. Random-access memory, or RAM, is a sort of short-term memory that is both quick and volatile. Additionally, the data must be powered in order to be retained, thus when the system is turned off or reset, the data is lost. Your computer uses RAM to store commands and short-term operations, with your OS (Operating System) actually being loaded from your primary storage drive into the RAM memory during startup to enable almost immediate access.
The other type of memory is non-volatile memory. Storage drives such as mechanical hard disc drives (HDD), solid-state drives (SSD), memory cards, and USB Flash Drives don’t purge themselves when they’re without power. Thus, what’s on them will still be there when you turn your computer back on and the data is safeguarded even while not in use. Although they make use of slightly diverse technology, these long-term storage devices all have the same function—they all store binary data.
How Much Storage Do I Need?
Most modern AAA games require approximately 50 GB of space, and some can even use hundreds of GB. Smaller indie titles take up considerably less room. So, when deciding what size storage drive to upgrade to, you have to consider what type of games you will be playing. Below is some of the most popular current games and their storage demands:
Elden Ring – 60 GB
Apex Legends – 56 GB
God of War – 70 GB
Red Dead Redemption 2 – 150 GB
COD Modern Warfare – 175 GB
Valheim – 1 GB
Hades – 15 GB
Stardew Valley – 500 MB
Celeste – 1 GB
Hollow Knight – 9 GB
You probably don’t want to be continuously uninstalling and reinstalling games to manage your disc space.
Currently, we suggest 1TB is the ideal amount of storage for any gaming PC setup. Doubling it isn’t that much more expensive and a wise choice if you’re a fan of the Triple-A titles!
A 1TB storage drive is the typical size that prebuilt PCs come with, and is sufficient for numerous Triple-A games and day-to-day files.
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If you wish to install 20 games with an average size of 40 GB each, you will require 1 TB of storage space for games. Keep in mind that the operating system, the typically installed non-game programs, and everyday files will consume a chunk of storage space on their own before any games are installed. A storage drive should have a 150-200 GB buffer for non-game data.
Depending on how many games, and the type of game, you want to install, will dictate which size drive to go for.
As always, contact the team at Ultimate Gaming Paradise for more information or for help choosing the storage for your gaming PC.