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I see people on OCN always talking about SSDs but why exactly should I get on? How would having one benefit me? Sorry, I don't have the best harddrive knowledge.
    
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Quicker access times will result in faster loading games, that pretty much sums it up.
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Your gaming won't see an fps increase, but loading maps and opening the game up itself will be much faster generally, depending on the game if compared to a regular HDD.
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For gaming, besides faster loading, no real gain. I don't have games installed on mine.

However, for the general 'snappiness' of Windows, there are massive gains. Probably the most noticable improvement per $ that you can get. Boot times are lower. Loading times are lower and the whole OS feels much faster / responsive.
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From my own personal experience, I didn't find game load times that much improved. Windows was way more responsive though, and it's worth it for that alone...
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Simply put you shouldn't get one just for gaming. I dont think you see many people saying it improves gaming performance. Sure games load a bit faster (only some) but you wont see any fps increases.
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I'm not that technical in my assessment of my SSD performance... But I do know that Windows 7 loads in 25 seconds with no modifications. Fastest booting system I've ever seen in person let alone owned. Only Daemon and my antivirus load up at start.

My sig rig is nothing too special as far as CPU and Memory goes, so I attribute it mainly to the SSD.

I initially installed Fallout: New Vegas on my SSD. The game was fast, with almost no loading anywhere. And then I ran out of room on the SSD, and Fallout was the single largest install on the drive, so it went to the 1TB Hard Drive instead.

All of a sudden I was waiting for 3-5 seconds to get into doors and up to 15/20 seconds to get back out (when it had to load the exterior rather than an interior with only a few rooms). Load times that I didn't even know existed were everywhere. It was literally a delayed blink on the SSD vs. several seconds on the HD.

But yes, the above poster is right, that is all you will notice is decreased load times (severely decreased in my opinion). You get no FPS increase, and it helps performance of the actual gameplay zilch.
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post #8 of 25
You should get an SSD for everything BUT gaming.

Like to load Windows in 20 secs? Like every program to open in a split second? If your answer is yes you probably won't regret it. smile.gif

There is one downside though, whenever you'll use another computer it will feel like something is broken..
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post #9 of 25
You wont get better FPS but it will load maps/missions and stuff like that faster. I would say if you have the money get one! BEST UPGRADE EVER!! biggrin.gif
post #10 of 25
SSD's for gaming aren't really worth it... At all.



But for an OS drive, hell yeah they are worth it. Only reason I don't have one anymore is cause I sold mine.
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