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Like I said, I really know next to nothing about SSDs other than the fact that the RevoDrives are generally the fastest among them since they use a PCI interface versus SATA, allowing for much higher bandwidth and data transfer speeds.

The 6950 unlock is supposedly very easy as it's simply a BIOS flash, and early versions of the card have a dual BIOS so you can just flip a switch and it's back to 6950. I hear there is a new version of the reference PCB that neither has the switch nor can unlock. I've not tried it myself as I've had no need with every game already being maxed out at 1080p.
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How much better would it be with an SSD as a system OS and game files drive
Personally, switching to a SSD for the OS made a huge difference in response time on my old Phenom II build. I have gotten used to applications opening/closing quickly and startup/shutdown times being cut down by 2/3 or more. I will never go back to using a HDD for the OS.
    
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Personally, switching to a SSD for the OS made a huge difference in response time on my old Phenom II build. I have gotten used to applications opening/closing quickly and startup/shutdown times being cut down by 2/3 or more. I will never go back to using a HDD for the OS.
What's the amount of gigs you bought for an SSD

My steam folder loaded with the games I use, not the ones not installed not including games not managed by steam is around 80 gigs alone
TF2 is 10 gigs itself
WoW is like 15 at least
And then various large new games.
+ Windows 7 being 7 gigs

I picked 120gigs, is that enough?
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Well after selecting a new case, new ram, new power supply

Go back down to the 6950 2GB, and adding an SSD drive 120GB PCI

my build is at $1,459.92

Estimated at ~$1,585.00 with new FX series and Crossfire V


That SSD drive is $300 alone
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I'm taking off the SSD Drive, I'll buy it later.

$1,174.93


~$1,295.00 with FX + Crossfire V
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post #26 of 82
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Originally Posted by Drybones5 View Post
Well after selecting a new case, new ram, new power supply

Go back down to the 6950 2GB, and adding an SSD drive 120GB PCI

my build is at $1,459.92

Estimated at ~$1,585.00 with new FX series and Crossfire V


That SSD drive is $300 alone
A SSD won't improve gaming performance,only loading times.
Though if you really want to have everything on a SSD,it would be better to wait.
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Yeah, the SSD is really just superfluous, especially the PCI ones.

For comparing benchmarks of CPUs and GPUS (and I think the have an SSD section now too) I like to use www.anandtech.com/Bench/ just to get some idea of relative performance.
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What'd I tell you, the 1600 CAS9 Ripjaws are now on sale for just $75 for the 2x4gb sticks with promo code EMCKEJG73
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc..._-20231314-L0C


Also, the 750GB version of the Caviar Black is now on sale for just $60 with promo code EMCKEJG25.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-22136794-L01C
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What'd I tell you, the 1600 CAS9 Ripjaws are now on sale for just $75 for the 2x4gb sticks with promo code EMCKEJG73
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc..._-20231314-L0C


Also, the 750GB version of the Caviar Black is now on sale for just $60 with promo code EMCKEJG25.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-22136794-L01C


Well the sticks probably won't be when I buy all this in a few months. I'll also probably keep the 1TB drive because of the large movie files I've been trying to manage with plus I'll be upgrading my music library to FLAC on as much music I can find from my current library.
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Ahh, gotcha. Well you could always just buy the RAM now, or you could wait for better deals down the road I suppose.
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