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Game Disc VS. Download, Which is best?

  1. #11


    Posts : 835
    Win 8.1 Pro


    All games are installed on the hard drive,, none are ever run from CD/DVD
    IF, they require the disk, it is only to check that your game is legit.
    Depending on the game and how it checks, could cause a performance hit at times.
    This is rare anymore as 99% of all games require Steam, Origin or some equivalent online service
    to do the verification, and do not require the disk after initial install,

    As stated, It is a good idea in many respects to have a physical disk for installing
    as this is faster than having to download between 4 and 12+ GIG's of data before the install even begins in some cases.
    Unless you have very fast internet (50G down, like I do).

    Overall Game Performance is based on the Hardware (and for On-line gaming, Internet Speeds and Ping Times)

    You will get better results out of SSD, 6G RAM and a High End GPU than anything else.
    I used to say 4G, and in most cases that is adequate, but Recommend now 6G, anymore than that
    for gaming is overkill and a waste of money. Spend it on the GPU, that IS where the BANG is.

    See my System Specs. Yes, I have 8G, but I also play around with Virtual Machines and Video Rendering.
    Otherwise, I would have tried to get a better GPU, but at the time, this 680 was almost top of the line.
    The next step up was a 780 and then the Titan for $1000.
    Besides the new 690, the 680 is still at the top of the heap.

    Games run like glass, btw.

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  2. #12


    Louisiana, USA
    Posts : 172
    Windows 8.1 x64 OEM


    Specs wise I'm not too worried with what I got.. Most games I've played I can play them on ultra just fine.. But the thing is, games like Skyrim or BF4 or Titanfall I would most probably either order the disc online or buy for download.. I know if I buy for download I would be very impatient and want to install it right away So I'm thinking maybe I should get the discs instead.. That way at least I fool myself into thinking it's faster lol
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #13


    Posts : 835
    Win 8.1 Pro


    Skyrim is a long install, even from disk. But a hell of a lot quicker than downloading.

    There is another advantage to having on disk, the occasional bad download or corrupted files, where you may have to start over our try and acquire the files again. It's rare but it does happen.
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  4. #14


    Louisiana, USA
    Posts : 172
    Windows 8.1 x64 OEM


    Quote Originally Posted by Tepid View Post
    Skyrim is a long install, even from disk. But a hell of a lot quicker than downloading.

    There is another advantage to having on disk, the occasional bad download or corrupted files, where you may have to start over our try and acquire the files again. It's rare but it does happen.
    Knowing my luck that'll happen to me
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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