Intel Optane or SSD
I've been planning on build a $500 pc including a monitor as my first setup. I've already planned all the other components are, but what seems to bother me is the new Intel Optane. Should I use a 16gb intel optane memory and use it for my 1tb Seagate barracuda, or just buy a 128gb ssd and pair it with that hard drive?
OPTANE makes very little sense for a budget build IMO.
But.. we don't know the purpose of the build, such as whether more than 256GB is needed or not. If so, then maybe it makes sense for 16GB Optane + 1TB HDD.
Otherwise, I'd get a 256GB SSD and buy an HDD later.
You also mention 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD but again how can we answer if we don't know the PURPOSE of the computer?
For non-gamers usually 256GB is plenty. The Intel Optane memory can only store up to 16GB of data though it's at least INTELLIGENT and caches the most-used stuff. Though having an SSD will mean no LAG in starting some programs which can wait for the HDD to spin up.
*For example, if it's a light/medium gaming rig then I'd stick with just the 1TB HDD so you can put as much money towards the CPU + GPU combo in particular then buy an SSD later and clone your C-drive partition over to it (if so, I'd limit the C-drive partition to 200GB on the HDD so about 730GB for the 2nd partition).
When I started playing around with parts I quickly realized $500USD was obviously not a gaming build, but it's still hard to get under $500 with monitor.
*If I'm not way off, then that might be a good choice. No budget for an SSD (IMO) but one option is to buy an Intel Optane SSD later, or what I'd do is get a 256GB SSD later and clone over the C-drive as I mentioned above in a post. So again, I'd go 200GB for C-drive and 2nd partition is the remaining (about 730GB). After cloning TEST to make sure it works (and on the actual SSD not HDD) then delete that 200GB partition in the HDD and recover the space (Disk Management).
Intel OPTANE may make sense later if a 16GB version is say $30 or so as you can just stick it in with the power off and it automatically works. If you don't need more than 1TB of space then great. However, I've not seen a good article on how well that 16GB version does buffering data. Probably pretty good. Either way, currently not enough money NOW to put $50 towards Intel Optane or an SSD.
I tried to fit in a 1080p, IPS monitor (not TN panel). The CPU is the best value I believe (2C/4T or dual-core with hyperthreading) which is okay even for most games if you later add a video card (like GTX1050Ti which is about $150USD).
You can get a W10 64-bit code from KINGUIN (dot net) for about $25USD last I checked. People I trust have done that. (I believe you download the latest W10 build following THESE instructions then use the Kinguin code)->
1. download media creation tool
2. insert 8GB USB stick
3. run the tool
4. WAIT for it to download and install
5. remove USB stick and insert into the new computer
6. Install (add KEY when prompted)
7. finish MS Updates
8. add Antivirus, setup fan software (from motherboard site), programs etc. (may not need many drivers... maybe the Realtek audio)
When you first put the HARDWARE together I would do two things:
a) update the BIOS (See manual), and
b) set Memory to "XMP" (Intel build)
c) run MEMTEST86 to test the memory sticks www.memtest86.com (for full pass or until errors)
You should run MEMTEST86 before installing Windows or else you can get a corrupted installation if memory is bad (or setup incorrectly).
How I fit the other components in just $500
1. The monitor I'm planning to buy might be used if I really want 1080p or I could buy only a 900p monitor.
2. My likely duo is Pentium G4560+GTX 1050
3. PSU is only Corsair Vs450 I guess unless I see a cheaper PSU.
4. The RAM I'm planning to buy is 8gb but is used, since RAM prices these days are significantly higher. I could also buy 16gb if I see a good deal. I see used 8gb RAM sticks in my country for approximately $30.
5. Just a cheap case, might not focus on aesthetics.
6. Cheap b250 motherboard.
Anyways, my build is just for general usage. I would probably also game, a lot. And since I grew into a PC enthusiast, I want to see the technology of SSD or Intel Optane since I'm always using an old and slow HDD. A faster PC would be a big help, since I'm also just a student. As for gaming, I don't really care much about High settings 60+fps. So yeah, I asked this question because I wanted to know what would give a more significant difference between a 120gb SSD and Intel Optane powered HDD. Oh and as for the space of the SSD, I would probably only install the OS there and maybe some applications like Microsoft Office, Photoshop, Premiere pro, and maybe some games. I'm looking more into the speed of the SSD more than the space because I already have the 1tb HDD which is enough for me.