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So I have some questions about SSD, keep in mind that it will primarily be used for gaming in general. The questions I have:

1. Sequential Read of course I want to have this as high as possible, but what about sequential write? It seems like a lot of SSDs are more expensive based on how fast they are rated to write to disk. Would a gamer experience any benefits from ultra fast WRITE times? It seems like the HDD should only be doing a lot of reading during high end gameplay.

2. How dependent is gaming to random read/write?

3. Can anyone suggest a good SSD for me? Looking for something in the 90/120GB range.
     
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SSD's are primarily used for your OS and most used apps. You won't see much if any increase in gaming. Honestly. If that's your goal, another F3 for RAID0 would be a better option. But I would still say get a SSD though for your OS.

But good ones are anything with the Sandforce 1222 controller (~275 read / 250 write) roughly. OCZ Vertex 2 / Agility 2, Mushkin Enhanced Calisto Deluxe are the 2 I know of.
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OK thanks! I've had another user tell me that I wouldn't see much improvement in games with a SSD even if the files were on the SSD. Can anyone confirm this/ why?

My current plan is probablly a Vertex 2 with another Spinpoint F3 like pioneerisloud suggested.
     
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1) Fast write times will only help your install times.

2) Reading data into memory faster (random or sequential) will allow for quicker initial load times and feed your cpu/gpu information quicker when you move beyond the data currently in their ram. SSDs are great at this.

3) I am partial to the Crucial 300 line, but just about any SATA III SSD should be fine.
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The only thing an SSD will improve in your gaming experience is faster loading of the game, as in the map loading. Once the map is in RAM, the drive paging stops, and the SSD is now useless. The game pages the RAM once the map is loaded, and doesn't touch the SSD at all. No FPS increase whatsoever.
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I can confirm this. Very few games saw any load time difference and those that did were ver small reductions in time. Hdd is just not the bottle neck for most games.
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