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Old 04-28-2012, 01:34 PM   #1
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Default Should I get an SSD?

I'm bouncing around the idea of getting an SSD for my system. I plan on using it as my boot drive and I want to install applications on it. I'm thinking right around 180GB is what I need. The biggest programs I have are MS Office, Adobe Creative Suite and VMWare Workstation.

My current hard drive setup consists of a pair of 1TB Caviar Blacks in a RAID 0 which is fantastically fast.

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What do you guys think? Would 180GB be about right? More, less? I want the right amount of capacity where I can install everything I need and have a little room left over.
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Old 04-28-2012, 05:16 PM   #2
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If you got the money for an SSD drive I'd say yes, but 180 GB isnt a whole lot if you do a lot on your computer. I guess it depends what you are storing on it. Right now on my school computer I have a 250 GB hard drive (224 available) and I've used 150 GB already.
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Old 04-28-2012, 07:29 PM   #3
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if your mobo got sata 3 go for it ill be putting in two 60gb in raid 0 both in sata 3 ports soon and hope its going to be alot faster ill be getting these ones Corsair 60GB Force GT SSD - 2.5" SATA-III 6Gb/s.. | Ebuyer.com

been reading about ssd for a wile and apparently there 2 types of memory for them i cant rember the names but this is the one that got that type lol its apparently better in real world applications ill try find the link on the artical

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ill have my os and any programs that i need i.e. microsoft word and all that stuff on the ssd's also maybe one or 2 big docs i always use the rest will be saved on my other hard drives along with music, films ect.

just look how much space u need for what ever you put on your ssd's and get somthing abit bigger
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wait a bit, prices on harddrives and SSDs are going to drop significantly within the next 5-7 months
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Default Re: Should I get an SSD?

Ooo, why's that, Mac? Sources? I certainly hope you're right!

I'm wondering this same question myself, Snap, as I would love an SSD, but I've just ordered an MSI Twin Frozr II OC 560Ti card and a TX750 Corsair PSU, so I doubt I'll be wanting to throw money at an SSD anytime soon. >.< I really hope they do shoot down in price, soon.
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wait a bit, prices on harddrives and SSDs are going to drop significantly within the next 5-7 months
o i cant w8t how come they will be dropping in price tho
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I'm in no rush to get one as my RAID array is pretty fast. HDTune says my average read speed is about 225 MB/s.

Mac, I hope you're right. Since the flooding, I watched hard drive prices triple. Hard drives that I paid $90 for were $250 at one point.
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Can I ask a stupid question? Why do you need Office to go any faster? short of opening the saved files and the apps themselves 98% of the time you're using office you probably won't even notice a difference.

I'm running a 120GB SSD and the apps that are loaded on it only run faster in loading periods, once they are up and running there is no noticeable difference.
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Can I ask a stupid question? Why do you need Office to go any faster? short of opening the saved files and the apps themselves 98% of the time you're using office you probably won't even notice a difference.

I'm running a 120GB SSD and the apps that are loaded on it only run faster in loading periods, once they are up and running there is no noticeable difference.
I am aware of this.

Like I said, I have a RAID 0 which is pretty freaking fast. I'm trying to decide if I really want an SSD and if I did, how much of one I would need. I don't plan on buying until they drop further below $1/GB.
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Sounds good, just wanted to make sure you didn't have unrealistic expectations.

If you do go with an SSD, I do recommend the Crucial M4. After a long debate like you're in (i just had balance storing some games on there for load speed vs. not buying anything and sticking with what I had). It's been solid so far with no signs of slowing down.
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