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or is a F3 raid 0 enough? I'm mostly using my PC for gaming (mostly wow)
I'm trying to save a bit of money @ my new PC build and I am wondering if it's really worth it, I don't really care about boot time or load times, or at least it's not my first priority. The only thing important for me is performance while gaming, and most games don't access the HDD a lot once the game is loaded, right?

I'll definetly get one later but I just feel like spending this extra 120 euro (170 usd) into other parts will get me more for my needs. If i wait 1-2 months i can get them a bit cheaper and can afford a 120 gb version of the vertex instead a 60gb version of the agility.

Do I really need an SSD asap?
    
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No you don't need one,But if you got one you would love it and there are no benefits in games,But maps loading faster.
Edited by AMOCO - 5/27/11 at 8:43am
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or is a F3 raid 0 enough? I'm mostly using my PC for gaming (mostly wow)
I'm trying to save a bit of money @ my new PC build and I am wondering if it's really worth it, I don't really care about boot time or load times, or at least it's not my first priority. The only thing important for me is performance while gaming, and most games don't access the HDD a lot once the game is loaded, right?

I'll definetly get one later but I just feel like spending this extra 120 euro (170 usd) into other parts will get me more for my needs. If i wait 1-2 months i can get them a bit cheaper and can afford a 120 gb version of the vertex instead a 60gb version of the agility.

Do I really need an SSD asap?
If you're really focused on gaming and don't care about load/boot times, a SSD is probably not the best purchase for you. I bought mine and I love it, but it doesn't increase game performance at all unless the game is installed on the SSD (and the majority probably won't be because of space constraints), and even if you do install it on the SSD the gain is only in loading times.
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If you dont care about boot times or load times, then no. I dont believe SSDs will help much, if at all, during gaming.

It will make most everything you open, open faster then a mechanical drive.
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Well wow was one of the few games where i saw incredable performance increase. Almost zero load time between screens. For a hundred bucks I'd say its worth it for the 60gb, perfect for the OS and wow. Get it, you'll regret it later.
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What I did for wow was short stroke two raid 0 f3's and put wow and any Steam game I currently play in there (linked). This works out pretty good, the rest of the drive could be partitioned and used as long as you don't access it at the same time you should have good performance.
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I'd say no.
    
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If you got an i7 processor or quad core... get a SSD to match up... This will decrease load times and take away from the HDD 'seeking' to different parts taking forever... Not just start ups or load times, but everything will be more snappier and responsive... Gaming FPS won't improve, but load times will decrease...
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post #9 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by AMOCO View Post
No you don't need one,But if you got one you would love it and there are no benefits in games,But maps loading faster.
What he said.
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I play WOW and I had Raid 0 SSD, but now have just 1 SSD. I know from playing WOW with RAID 0 SSD I had about 100FPS and now I have 73FPS with 1 SSD. This is at the rez of 1680x 1050 and 1920X1080. I haven't play WOW from a normal HDD.

EDIT
The HDD is the slow part of the computer.
Edited by dixson01974 - 5/27/11 at 12:07pm
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