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so i have a WD 1TB hard drive now...i hear all this talk about SSD's...what exactly is the difference and is it worth me getting one? all i do is game...thats it
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If all you do is game, I would say you wouldn't get a whole lot out of it, except faster start and load times.
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ok thanks
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This is posted in the wrong section (there is an SSD section). However, I'll try to give you a brief explanation of what an SSD is.

SSD's use a different storage technology and HDD's. HDD store everything on a "disk" so to speak, where as SSD's store everything into digital blocks. SSD's have much faster seek and loading times than HDD's, and as such there are many performance benefits to owning one. Benefits include:

- Much faster Windows boot time
- Much more "responsive" feeling of computer - i.e. when you click a program it opens with less lag
- Faster searching, file folder loading, etc.
- Faster loading in games (loading a map, terrain, etc.)

As the first response mentioned, while an SSD can provide significant Windows performance upgrades, the performance difference while gaming isn't as large. This has to do with the way games utilize storage and how whether you have an HDD/SSD will not really influence how well the game plays. The difference could be seen in the time spent loading maps (i.e. in an MMO) or when a lot of terrain has to be loaded at once. However, when it comes to just regular gameplay (like FPS), there isn't much of a difference.
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post #5 of 7
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ok that really helps thanks!! so if i were to get a SSD how would that work with my HDD? like would i load windows and everything i haveon my HDD on there?? and just keep the HDD for other stuff or how exactly does that work??
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It depends how big of an SSD you get. A lot of people buy ~60GB SSD's and just install Windows and a few of their favorite games on there. They put everything else (unimportant programs, personal files, media, etc.) on their HDD. There's a guide in the SSD forums that walks you step-by-step on how to set your SSD as your boot drive and transfer your personal folders over to a HDD.

A 64-bit install of Windows 7 can be shrunk down to ~15GB. If you do get an SSD, make sure you search OCN for guides on how to optimize Windows to run with an SSD. There are a lot of tweaks to be made that can speed up SSD performance and increase its lifespan.
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ok thanks alot!!
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