Solving slow load times for applications (in particular Steam)

Hi guys,

My build's attached below;

PCPartPicker Part List:

CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 103 43.1 CFM CPU Cooler
Motherboard: Asus Z170-AR ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
Memory: Kingston FURY 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2666 CL15 Memory
Storage: Samsung 250 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
Storage: Western Digital WD Purple 3 TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 8 GB Turbo OC Video Card
Case: Cooler Master CM 590 III ATX Mid Tower Case ($88.80 @ Device Deal)
Power Supply: Cooler Master GX 750 W 80+ Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit
Monitor: AOC E2470SWH 23.6" 1920x1080 60 Hz Monitor
Monitor: AOC E2470SWH 23.6" 1920x1080 60 Hz Monitor
Monitor: LG 29UM69G-B 29.0" 2560x1080 75 Hz Monitor

I'm wanting to know whether swapping out my 3TB WD harddrive or my SSD or both would lead to some significant improvements, particularly in boot times and load times of a lot off my applications. I currently have my OS and Steam installed on the SSD but almost all of my games are on the 3TB.

Would love some recommendations for decent hard drives/SSDs if so. Thanks a tonne!


  • +4 votes

    Install game content on SSD and they'll generally load quicker.

    You can get 500GB ones for $90'ish now, just add another one in and copy over your primary games.


      Cheers, would you say the Crucial MX500 is a good choice for 'everyday' use applications/games (i.e. not an OS)?

      • +2 votes

        It's good for everything.


    Could try a defrag on the spinning hard disk (don't with with the ssd). Check bios that the hard disks are setup with the maximum performance settings.

    Otherwise go 100% ssd


    Most SSD drives would be about 4-5 faster than your mechanical. It doesn't mean you'll get 4-5 times the performance. It'll depend where the bottleneck lies (it could be due to your internet connection with some applications) but it's reasonable to expect them to load significantly faster.

    If you're that concerned with loading times, grab yourself a decent M.2 drive. They can be about 4 times faster than a SSD.

    While your application is loading, you may find your CPU becomes a bottleneck. If that's the case, then upgrading your CPU may also help improve speed.