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Well I just bought a new laptop as a basic productivity machine for surfing the web, watching movies, word processing, and light gaming (my desktop is my main gaming rig). I decided to take a gamble and buy a cheap $400 laptop, plus a $100 SSD and see what difference it would make before and after. I absolutely love how fast my desktop (with SSD) boots, and how fast programs load so that was my main reason for the purchase, and any additional performance gained is icing on the cake.

Specs:
Gateway NV53A82u
AMD Phenom II N660 3.0GHz dual-core
4GB DDR3
ATI HD 4250 crappy onboard graphics
15.6" LCD @ 1366x768

Before-
HDD: 320GB WD caviar blue, 5400rpm

After-
SSD: OCZ Vertex 2 60GB


Benchmarks:

PCMark Futuremark -
The reason I went with this instead of 3DMark is that this machine is a productivity laptop, not a gaming rig. I won't use it for gaming hardly ever, but I'll use it for everything else all the time.

Before - typical low scores expected out of a $400 machine.
pcmarkx64.jpg

After - some pretty dramatic overall changes.
pcmark-ssd.jpg


ATTO -

Before:
atto.jpg

After:
atto-ssd.jpg


So for $500 total I got a pretty sweet machine that boots quick, loads programs almost instantaneously, and something that can game halfway decent too! I'm happy. smile.gif
Must go faster...
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Corsair M4 SSD WD Caviar Black DVD-RW Corsair H60 CPU cooler 
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Windows 7 x64 ASUS 22" Microsoft Sidewinder x4 Corsair RM750 
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Corsair M4 SSD WD Caviar Black DVD-RW Corsair H60 CPU cooler 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 x64 ASUS 22" Microsoft Sidewinder x4 Corsair RM750 
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Apevia X-Telestar Mid-tower Logitech M-U0007 SteelSeries Siberia V2 Altec Lansing ACS48 
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SSD + Laptop = WIN
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Originally Posted by Roweyi7;13320231 
SSD + Laptop = WIN

Indeed biggrin.gif been playing some games at pretty decent settings, surprised at how well it performs despite the onboard graphics. This is probably hands-down the best way to upgrade a laptop.
Must go faster...
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
PhenomII x4 980 ASUS Sabertooth 990FX XFX HD Radeon 5770 crossfire (x2) Corsair Vengeance 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Corsair M4 SSD WD Caviar Black DVD-RW Corsair H60 CPU cooler 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 x64 ASUS 22" Microsoft Sidewinder x4 Corsair RM750 
CaseMouseAudioAudio
Apevia X-Telestar Mid-tower Logitech M-U0007 SteelSeries Siberia V2 Altec Lansing ACS48 
Other
SoundBlaster Z SBX 
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Must go faster...
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
PhenomII x4 980 ASUS Sabertooth 990FX XFX HD Radeon 5770 crossfire (x2) Corsair Vengeance 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Corsair M4 SSD WD Caviar Black DVD-RW Corsair H60 CPU cooler 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 x64 ASUS 22" Microsoft Sidewinder x4 Corsair RM750 
CaseMouseAudioAudio
Apevia X-Telestar Mid-tower Logitech M-U0007 SteelSeries Siberia V2 Altec Lansing ACS48 
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SoundBlaster Z SBX 
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