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Ordered Crucial M4, coming today or tomorrow. So so ,so excited.
Btw little offtopic, any recommendation for settings I should use before I install OS on it?
Enable AHCI in the bios before you install the OS
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SSD for system drive and HDDs in raid for storage is always the best choice.
    
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SSD isn't worth it, not for what they cost. If I have the choice of spending on a new CPU, video card or more memory the HD is the last thing I upgrade. I am well aware an SSD will improve OS and game load , but I have a somewhat limited budget compared to most and space is more important to me than speed. As you see, value is subjective.

I wonder where all these companies will go with a shrinking middle class and the self perpetuating depression we're in, because charging what they are for their drives is pointless.
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I bought a Samsung Spinpoint F3 1tb purely because it was highly recommended and fast for a regular hard drive, also high capacity for all my games and music.

Now if I were to buy an SSD, I would want at least 500gb capacity and to be sata 3. Which has had me looking at the Crucial M4 512gb Sata III SSD which is £500. Worth it? I don't know yet.

How much messing around is it to use a 64gb ssd, but use a normal hdd's storage?
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anyone who says an ssd is not worth it must not have one, or maybe just uses their computer in such a way that they never has to read or write anything.

Anymore I put one in everything, and recommend them for every build I do at work (we used to use raptors, light years different).

My old useless Phenom 9850 system has one, my main pc has 2.

Ultimately if I'm planning on using my computer every day and I had to choose I would sacrifice a little CPU for an SSD.

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How much messing around is it to use a 64gb ssd, but use a normal hdd's storage?
its not that big of a deal, just put your users profile (downloads, documents, etc) on your mechanical drive and away you go...although I would definitely need more than a single 64GB...I recommend 120-128GB drives, you should be able to fit pretty much all of your apps on that much
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I've been a loyal SSD follower for the last 2 years and I've already converted around 5 of my close friends to SSDs.
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mechanical HDDs quickly become your limitation with overclocked sandy bridge processors.
Hard Drives are a limitation on my stock Core 2 Duo.

Hell, they've been a limitation to me since my Athlon XP 2Ghz single core...
    
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Enable IDE mode unless you intend to hotswap. The benefits of AHCI are out weighed by the risks on SSDs.
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I want a SSD. I got a WD caviar black thinking it'd be fast and it made my windows score 5.8 ):

Not sure I'd really benefit from it. I never have to boot windows so the time is irrelevant.
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SSD=The single component which will make the largest improvement to your pc experience. Don't think I could build a system without one after using them for so long.
Not at all. Moving from dual (3.2ghz E6420) to quad core (i5 760) was a MUCH bigger jump for me. So was moving from one 460 to 2. On my backup rig, moving from a 3.7ghz C2D to a stock 3.4ghz 965 BE was better than putting a Vertex 3 in the same machine.

It all depends on how you use your PC. For some, I can see why it would be such a big deal. For others, who only use a few small programs daily + gaming, it's not all it's cracked up to be.

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SSD isn't worth it, not for what they cost. If I have the choice of spending on a new CPU, video card or more memory the HD is the last thing I upgrade. I am well aware an SSD will improve OS and game load , but I have a somewhat limited budget compared to most and space is more important to me than speed. As you see, value is subjective.
I was lucky and bought both my SSDs very cheap. 120 dollars for the V3 brand new in box. A friend was accidently sent two and he didn't want both.. so I picked it up. I didn't pay anywhere near retail for the 320 either .

I agree they're not at all worth what they cost currently. When you can pick up a 160 gig SSD of average perf for 100-120 bucks, then we're talkin'.

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Enable IDE mode unless you intend to hotswap. The benefits of AHCI are out weighed by the risks on SSDs.
What?! Are you kidding me? What "risks" are you concerned about? There are none, I assure you. The performance gain is significant moving from IDE to SATA 6gb/s...

Side note: Love the woman in your avatar. Isn't she the Orbitz (sp?) woman? "Fabulous!" Lol.

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I want a SSD. I got a WD caviar black thinking it'd be fast and it made my windows score 5.8 ):

Not sure I'd really benefit from it. I never have to boot windows so the time is irrelevant.
The boot time is the least of the benefits, TBH. Sure, my machine boots (after post) in something like 15 seconds, but it's the "snappy" windows feeling everyone gets all stiff about. Just leave Superfetch on and you'll get the same effect - RAM is faster than an SSD.

Pay zero attention to your WEI. It's a meaningless metric.
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