Retired USCG Chief Electronic Technician. System: Water cooled H60 I5-3570K @4.545Ghz, 32GB of XMP 1866 DDR3, ASUS R9 290 DirectCU II OC 4GB, Primary SSD 256GB, Secondary Hybrid 500GB, 16GB AMD RAM Drive (all Steam and game files installed on RAM Drive), ASRock Z75 Pro3 Motherboard. Windows 7 Professional X64, BenQ GW2750HM 27" Monitor.
You built yourself a better rig and sprung for 16 or 32GB of fast DDR3 to "future proof" a bit or just because you could :D Even if you moved up to an SSD large enough to house all your OS and program files you can achieve performance in excess of double the speed you get on SSD's by utilizing all that excess DDR3 to it's fullest. Detailed instructional videos on setting up a RamDrive can be viewed here: Radeonmemory.com . I don't specifically endorse AMD's ram drive, I simply noticed ads for it when installing a new GPU several generations of white box builds ago and was intrigued. I found theirs to be very easy to set up and use. I keep all Steam files and COP + Mod + Save game files on my Ram Drive image. With maxed out settings my initial load time is about 55 seconds and reloads about 5-6 seconds. Total Ram drive size required is just under 11GB, so if you have 16GB of DDR3 you can easily get away with a 12GB or 12288MB drive. The videos explain in detail, but for simplicities sake I will summarize: You create a ram drive of 12288MB or larger, use windows disk management to view your new partition and format it; FAT32 is fine. Now you can access it to install games files etc. via windows explorer. You save the disc image onto either your SSD or traditional hard drive. This takes a couple minutes. I check off the box to load my image when windows loads. You can now install whatever you want on your ram drive. Prepare to be stunned at how fast things run and load. I save my image whenever I will be away from my computer for a couple minutes. I back the image up regularly just like any other files I value. I do not have the image save automatically when windows closes because it takes longer to shut down. If you do not have an adequate UPS to keep your system either up fully long enough to save your ram disk or in suspend long enough to outlast any power outage do not use a ram drive. Besides the blazing speed in games, using ram reduces wear/leveling loads on your expensive SSD and will keep it running at peak performance longer.