Originally Posted by HWI
That's not a perfect system, because by your logic my imperfect system is loading levels and areas faster than your supposed perfect system. That makes no sense. The reason you don't understand it is because you've obviously not done it. Having your load times halved and being the first person to load into the map on BC2 is awesome because you get first dibs on vehicles. In open world games like WoW it's awesome because I can max my draw distance and see enemy players before they see me. Regardless, I don't understand how you can balk at something being faster.
On BC2, your load times are not cut in half on an SSD. It takes a mere 5 seconds for me to get into a map on my regular HDD. When I installed it on an SSD experimentally, that time was cut down to around 4 seconds. My conclusion is that I'd rather put something else on my SSD than BC2. I can't speak for open world games like WoW, though. I did notice a pretty significant difference in Oblivion when I installed it on my SSD, but I took it off so I could have space for other programs.
I don't "balk" at something being faster. I "balk" at the price associated with that speed. If you want 1TB of SSD space you're going to spend roughly the same amount of money that it would take to get a high-end gaming computer with dual graphics cards. However, you can easily get a 120GB SSD and 1TB Samsung F3 Hard Drive for less than $300 combined. $300 is much easier to swallow than $1600-2000, and at the end of the day, the only difference between $300 and $2000 is load times and nothing else. If you get a 60GB SSD, you get the responsiveness you want from your OS. The rest of that space is just fluff.
If you've got an SSD for the OS, your system will be highly responsive IF you put quality components in as well. 1TB of SSD space is a novelty at this time. For the price, I'll keep my tried and true 1 SSD and 2 HDD setup. Since I got that SSD for my OS and other critical programs, my system has been brilliantly responsive to the point that I forget that I'm working on a fairly average gaming system. My system feels like it's worth roughly twice as much as it really is because of this simple 120GB SSD that cost me a little over $200. It seems to be working perfectly.
Originally Posted by amstech
I was one of those people that said an SSD isn't much better.
I was wrong. Very. Wrong.
I did the same thing. I couldn't wrap my little monkey brain around how a tiny 60-120GB drive could make your system so much better. It wasn't until I got some disposable income that I decided to try it out. An SSD is easily the best upgrade I have ever made on my PC... period. The responsiveness is mind blowing.Edited by Mad Pistol - 8/19/11 at 8:04am