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I've been in conflict of whether i should get one or not for a long time now. It's the only real upgrade i can get besides a new radiator and cpu block. I was wondering what would i be getting besides faster load times?

I am really confused as to why it would be that much better than say a raid 0? please enlighten me... i want to get one but i am not sure if it's worth the 200+ dollars
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Access times are far quicker - I have raid0 1TB Caviar Black's and when they were my main drives they still couldn't boot as quick or load programs as quick as my ssd, not even close.

As soon as windows is loaded, everything is basically loaded within 3 seconds or so and ready to use - programs actually open instantly, its well worth the upgrade to put as your boot and some main programs that you use a lot (I have Chrome, itunes, and a few others installed as I use them most frequently)
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Zero access time, faster boot, programs launch super fast, computer feels ore "snappy" overall. That's about it. They haven't gotten cheap enough to convince me to buy one yet.
    
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I'm kind of in the same boat as you. An SSD is the only real upgrade I can think of for my rig but I need at least a 150GB one. I'll probably end up doing it...
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do they help alot gaming? or raise fps?
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i think i can live with a 128gb... will have to transfer most of my projects and applications to a different drive though.

But i really want to know if it's worth it? just for the boot speed? what else is there besides faster boot speed, and stuff on windows popping up faster?
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Originally Posted by Coldnapalm;13472729 
do they help alot gaming? or raise fps?
Only if the framerate drops due to waiting for the slower access times of hard drives. After all, the benefits of a solid state drive over a hard disk drive are only seen when it comes to using the drive.

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Originally Posted by badatgames18;13472754 
i think i can live with a 128gb... will have to transfer most of my projects and applications to a different drive though.

But i really want to know if it's worth it? just for the boot speed? what else is there besides faster boot speed, and stuff on windows popping up faster?
It may not sound impressive on paper, but you nailed it: the benefits of solid state drives come when it's time to access/use the drive. The average seek/access time of 0.1ms makes a massive difference because when a file is accessed (or written), it's not just one seek; it's many all at the same time.

So you get a noticeably faster Windows restart (or just a Windows start if you always leave the system off when you're not using it), and every program/application opens faster. Almost everyone who gets a solid state drive feels like their money was very well spent!
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for games that streams off HDD, the SSD makes a big difference there, WOW is better for it, and Fallout NV's loading stutter is eliminated since it is not on HDD.
     
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As stated your general usability will be massively snappier.

You do get a substantial benefit with regards to transfers on the same disk. Unzipping huge (>1 GB) files on a mechanical drive takes at least an order of magnitude longer than on an SSD.
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My Vertex 3 loads roughly 10x faster in steam then my old 500gb 7200rpm HD. Pretty much i blink once and i'm in the game after clicking a server in css.
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