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Hey guys, i currently have a 1000GB and 500GB Sata II and was thinking about adding a third 60GB SSD. I would only use it to put my games on. Is it just the loading times that make a difference or the FPS too? I mainly play the Battlefield series. Im just not 100% on whether i need one yet. If it just affects the loading times then i might not worry as i can cope with what i have already.
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post #2 of 18
Put your Operating system on it. The increase in performance is insane.
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post #3 of 18
If you put games on an SSD, ONLY the loading times will be increased.

Although this is not the recommended way to go. Most people who get SSD's get it for use as a boot drive. We install Windows and our most used programs to fully utilize the speed of the SSD. It's quite a noticeable performance gain.

The rest is up to you to decide!
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post #4 of 18
They are wicked fast but you might want to wait a bit if you're not having problems with your current drives. Games will load faster but like SC2 for example it won't really matter when you're still waiting for your opponents game to load.

If you have the money to spend go for it, a great upgrade just not really required...yet.
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No SSD's are a waste.
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post #6 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Smoblikat View Post
No SSD's are a waste.
Why do you think that?
post #7 of 18
no you dont really need one
    
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Is reinstalling the OS on a different drive quite complicated?
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post #9 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Smoblikat View Post
No SSD's are a waste.
Thanks for that insight.

Anyway @OP, the question is phrased as do you NEED an SSD. Obviously not. But you don't really need an i7 either heh.

The question should be whether the cost of an SSD is worth the performance increase to you. Game loading times is something you can consider, but it's probably not going to be a wow-factor difference, and it will not garner any FPS extra excepting in games with exceptionally high disk reads (like WoW when you are in a huge city, or a sandbox FPS map perhaps).

SSDs are really not meant to be used for throughput though, you can get reasonably good throughput from a traditional HDD in most instances (excepting the very rare cases of tons of tiny little R/W). What SSDs are amazing for are seek times, gaining literally 40+ times performance increase is one of the few upgrades in the computer world that can make a real noticable difference outside of multi-year delayed upgrades.

So, an SSD will typically benefit someone using it as an OS drive, in boot times, system access and responsiveness, multi-tasking, and load times for whatever apps you typically run. You won't get pretty numbers to prove to yourself how much faster everything is (except maybe WEI or AS-SSD numbers) but you'll probably feel the difference more than things that do as you use your computer.
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post #10 of 18
i personally use my SSD for my OS and programs/games, about a 128 GB should suffice unless you have a ton of games.

As far as loading times go, the difference is exponentially faster.

Windows loads from power on in 13 seconds
World of Warcraft loading screens are 2-3 seconds
Microsoft Office 2010 loads instantly
CoD Black Ops loads in 3 seconds
Starcraft 2 loads in 4 seconds

The key to getting an SSD is to get SATA III, make sure your mobo has it. Twice as fast as SATA II, which is where the real speed increase will be.

SATA III + SSD = WEI 7.9 Disk Data Transfer Rate
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