SSD - To buy or not to buy?!

So I have a mid range machine and I'm not sure how much difference one would make to performance. I have a amd athlon ii 640 (quad core 3ghz), 4 gb ram, hd5770 and use the computer for general use and gaming. I am thinking of getting this 60GB SSD scan.co.uk/pro…b-s
Which I can get for £87.59 from their facebook page... Is it money well spent? Or is there a better alternative?
Thanks

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I have a Crucial 64GB C300. My view is that the main difference you will notice is in boot time. Without the SSD, I would get a useable Windows desktop in around 70 seconds. With the SSD, it is around 35 seconds. Whilst there is undoubtedly a speed improvement in loading programs etc (as shown in benchmarks), the reality is that you will barely notice it. Personally, having tried it out, I would wait for prices to fall further and look to implement with your next PC rather than this one. I'm also forming a view that 64GB is too small, even for a boot drive.

I love mine, I disagree that you only see increased performance at boot times. When installing new programs and loading applications they all become much faster.

willdev

I love mine, I disagree that you only see increased performance at boot … I love mine, I disagree that you only see increased performance at boot times. When installing new programs and loading applications they all become much faster.



I said that you barely notice it, not that there wasn't a difference. Photoshop Elements loads in around 6 seconds with my SSD, it was about 10 seconds without. The 4 seconds difference is barely noticeable in real life. I think it makes sense to install an SSD if you have the money and are buying / building a new PC but feel that they are still too expensive for the performance gains that they give. I am currently using around 54GB of my 64GB space even though I install my less frequently used programs to a mechanical hard drive and don't have Windows Restore enabled. As a result, I would want at least 80GB if I was buying again. To me the cost, , the hassle of remembering to install to another location, turning off system restore and regularly moving files trumps the speed benefits of the SSD.

Original Poster

OK thanks but I don't think its that much money if it halfs program load times?! Also I like the idea of loading games first and the only thing that will go on the drive is windows 7 a few program and cod 4 (_;)

In terms of space. My Windows 7 64 bit Windows directory is 36.4GB. With only drivers, MS Office 2007, Photoshop Elements, Acronis TrueImage and Anti-Virus Software installed to the SSD Program directory, this takes up 4.5GB. Program Data takes up another 7.1GB. The Windows directory seems to always increase in size over time and so over half your 60GB SSD would be needed just for the Windows installation.

There is no doubt that it is faster, quieter, energy efficient and potentially more reliable so go for it if you can afford it but consider a bigger drive.

Video from a couple of years ago, and produced by an SSD marketing department, but looks pretty fair, and there are other independent vids which show the same kind of performance diffs on youtube.

FWIW

youtube.com/wat…dik

Don't buy one, they don't add much speed if not installed correctly......

sancho1983

Don't buy one, they don't add much speed if not installed correctly......



uh, then install correctly?

Ennui

uh, then install correctly?



Whoosh....

You obviously didn't see op's other thread

Original Poster

^ He does have a point oO

Fair enough, I don't follow every thread, but I have seen lots and lots of posts in others where people give the most dumbass reasons for voting deals down.

sancho1983

Whoosh....You obviously didn't see op's other thread


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