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I am a complete noob when it comes to HDDs, SSDs, etc. I have a simple question. What would be the most cost effective way to get better disk performance? Buy a faster HDD? Raid 0? SSD? I don't need to be breaking records or anything, I just want better performance than the HDD I have. It currently gets a 5.9 in the Windows 7 test. I would like to not spend more than $200 if possible.
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post #2 of 6
SSD all the way.

No matter how many HDD's you put in RAID, they still can't match the access times that a SSD provides. The lower access times with SSD's is what makes them so snappy when opening and closing programs as well as diminishing load times in games.

As far as a recommendation? I've had good luck with Crucial SSD's and would recommend the M4 128GB.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-442-_-Product

It's a new drive, new tech, and will take advantage of the SATA III that your mobo provides. It's a tad over $200, but the next best thing under $200 would be ~64GB drives, which fill up fast when you install some games on them.
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post #3 of 6
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Ok so SSD hands down? Will I be able to copy my HDD to the SSD? or Is a fresh install of everything recommended? And, while using an SSD what should be on it? OS, Games, Programs? Everything? 128GB seems like it would get full quick.
Edited by SacredChaos - 6/12/11 at 1:36am
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Originally Posted by SacredChaos View Post
Ok so SSD hands down? Will I be able to copy my HDD to the SSD? or Is a fresh install of everything recommended?
You would definitely want to do a fresh install of Windows on the SSD. Keep all of your user data on the HDD though, you aren't going to want your music/pictures/videos/documents on the SSD.

Here's a good guide that will get you going on the right track: http://www.overclock.net/ssd/664738-...secondary.html
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post #5 of 6
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Ok. Sounds Great. My next upgrade will probably be that then.
Edited by SacredChaos - 6/12/11 at 11:10am
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post #6 of 6
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Just read that guide, to be honest I got confused lol.
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