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I am building a new HTPC and have the Intel i5-2500K mounted to a Gigabyte motherboard with the Z68 chipset. I am puting in a 2TB HHD and a 64GB SSD. The question is, for HTPC purposes, would you a.) install the OS and Apps on the SSD and just use the HHD for storage or b.) set up the Intel SR by installing the OS on the HHD and use the SSD for caching? I really don't know which would be most beneficial in a HTPC setup. Thanks!!
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OS and apps on SSD. HDD for media. Personally I cant tell the difference and my movie watching audience cant either.
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Smart Response is good when you don't have enough SSD space to store all the apps you need to run.

Most HTPCs can store the OS and all their apps on a 64GB SSD, so there is no advantage to using the SSD caching in this scenerio.

Go with A and never look back.
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I am building a new HTPC and have the Intel i5-2500K mounted to a Gigabyte motherboard with the Z68 chipset. I am puting in a 2TB HHD and a 64GB SSD. The question is, for HTPC purposes, would you a.) install the OS and Apps on the SSD and just use the HHD for storage or b.) set up the Intel SR by installing the OS on the HHD and use the SSD for caching? I really don't know which would be most beneficial in a HTPC setup. Thanks!!

For OS and programs, definitely.

Hard disk acess speed just isn't an issue for video content. That's why most people use slow green drives, because disk speed doesn't matter. So why use a giant cache to speed up disk access?

But using it for OS and programs will deliver a terrific performance boost.
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Thanks everyone! In fact, my drive is a WD Green drive. More so for the cool and quiet aspect than anything else, but...
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