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In a bit of a "technology loop"

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As we all know new technology comes so fast it's really hard to make decisions when you are trying to think of an upgrade. My sig system is the one I am currently using and I am looking to get into a SSD.

I play games, music, movies, word processing, etc on my machine. I was thinking of upgrading to Sandybridge but the performance to $ is not quite there yet and I figured I could satisfy my itch by picking up a SSD.

This is my question, I am pretty sure my board does not support SATA 3, so the new SSD's may be out of the question.

Is it worth it to go to a SSD now as opposed to SATA 3 when I upgrade in a year or so?

Thanks in advance for any help.


EDIT: This is the drive I have been looking at:

http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0339461
Edited by pravius - 5/4/11 at 7:39am
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I've heard good things about SSD's but, i myself would opt for the sata III, just pref though, you might find this fairly useful: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/259309-14-sata
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Get the Sata 6 gb/s drive now. It certainly won't hurt anything. You might even notice the extra speed (available on the faster bus) when you step up the rest of your platform later.
    
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That article actually helped me understand a little more. Basically what I got from that is even though you are using SATA III it does not mean that you will always be getting SATA III speeds.

I am just sure that the SSD performance will be leaps and bounds above my WD blacks in RAID 0. My machine is not super slow or anything but I am always looking for something new, I imagine we all are here on this forum lol.
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Get the Sata 6 gb/s drive now. It certainly won't hurt anything. You might even notice the extra speed (available on the faster bus) when you step up the rest of your platform later.
So a SATA III drive will work on a SATA II board?
Edited by pravius - 5/4/11 at 7:47am
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I did not even realize that SATA seems to auto negotiate speeds. So ignore my last question. Apparently a SATA III drive will work on my board! I didn't realize that!
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I did not even realize that SATA seems to auto negotiate speeds. So ignore my last question. Apparently a SATA III drive will work on my board! I didn't realize that!
Indeed, I have a Sata 6gb/s drive on my ICH10R (Sata 3gb/s) controller. The performance peaks a little lower than it would if the drive were on a Sata 6gb/s controller, but the small file read performance is largely unaffected (as it would never reach ~250 MB/s anyway).
    
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Indeed, I have a Sata 6gb/s drive on my ICH10R (Sata 3gb/s) controller. The performance peaks a little lower than it would if the drive were on a Sata 6gb/s controller, but the small file read performance is largely unaffected (as it would never reach ~250 MB/s anyway).
Thanks for the great info. Much appreciated.
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