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this might be stupid question, but are there 3.5" SSD on the market? I seem to have only seen 2.5" which means you still have to use mechanical hard drive after all.
They come with adapters, but there were 3.5" Vertex 2s if I recall correctly.
    
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For the gamer, ssd is overrated. It's better to spend on a better gpu or cooler.

Sure, I moved to an SSD. While not an elite one by today's standard, real world usage would feel the same as any other sata 3 ssd.

Yeah things are snappier, but games play the same.
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It is funny how gamers differ from casual computer users. Gamers only care about game benchmarks. Casual users notice how long it takes for a computer to boot or program to launch.

Casual user => benefits from SSD
Gamer => refuses to buy SSD
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I have a SSD...an OCZ Vertex 2 and it is the most pointless piece of hardware I own. It means fast boot times...but that is it. As far as this "snappiness" goes that people mention...that is just another way to say there is no measureable performance gain and that it just feels quicker. If it can't be timed or measured then the feeling is just imagined.

I have tried putting several different applications on the SSD and none have had any benefit over being on my HDD raid 0. Some will Start up faster, but operation and in games the load times will be pretty much the same as far as I can tell.

The fast boot time is nice...but I ussually do that once a day...at most three or four times if I am installing a driver or something. It was nice for finding a max OC on my new GPU I guess, but normal ussuage it doesn't matter. and when I say fast boot times I mean a good 5-7 seconds faster than a HDD. Steam is the only thing lagging my start up. However, 5-7 seconds isn't much either. I have it now so I will use it...but I if it died I sure would not get another one.
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I have a SSD...an OCZ Vertex 2 and it is the most pointless piece of hardware I own. It means fast boot times...but that is it. As far as this "snappiness" goes that people mention...that is just another way to say there is no measureable performance gain and that it just feels quicker. If it can't be timed or measured then the feeling is just imagined.

I have tried putting several different applications on the SSD and none have had any benefit over being on my HDD raid 0. Some will Start up faster, but operation and in games the load times will be pretty much the same as far as I can tell.

The fast boot time is nice...but I ussually do that once a day...at most three or four times if I am installing a driver or something. It was nice for finding a max OC on my new GPU I guess, but normal ussuage it doesn't matter. and when I say fast boot times I mean a good 5-7 seconds faster than a HDD. Steam is the only thing lagging my start up. However, 5-7 seconds isn't much either.
Install a game, verify Steam game cache while transferring data to another computer while running an anti-virus scan. Do the same for an SSD and HDD.

SSD wins by a kilometer every time.
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If i were buying drives today id grab a large media drive and a small boot ssd, but my Raid 0 f3's are pretty dang quick, and i have way more space than i need... hard to beat the value/$ on $100 for 2 1tb F3's
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Certain people don't seem to understand that an SSD makes your system feel more responsive since the OS files are now on their own dedicated drive AND they can be accessed in a fraction of the time it takes a regular HDD to get them. The feel of the system is the change, while load/save times are a close 2nd. Your system feels like it's worth about 5 times its cost when you add in an SSD as the OS drive.

You'll find that games feel better because your computer is no longer getting OS files from the same Hard Drive as your games are on. It makes a HUGE difference, even if the game is not on the SSD.


An SSD is the single best long term upgrade you can make. Period.

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I have a SSD...an OCZ Vertex 2 and it is the most pointless piece of hardware I own. It means fast boot times...but that is it. As far as this "snappiness" goes that people mention...that is just another way to say there is no measureable performance gain and that it just feels quicker. If it can't be timed or measured then the feeling is just imagined.
Wrong. My wife has a decent gamer system without an SSD, and I can tell you that whenever I launch a program on her computer, no matter what it may be, her system chokes a little before launching the program. It's latency caused by the access times of the HDD.

My system with a Vertex 2 (like yours) experiences no such "choke point" The computer opens the program and moves on, like nothing happened. Some people that have SSD's eventually forget how incredible an SSD is for everyday computer usage. Go back to a regular Hard Drive as your OS drive, and tell me how it feels. The difference between a computer with its OS on a Mechanical Drive and a computer with its OS on an SSD is night and day.

If your system does not feel noticeably snappier with an SSD, something is wrong. Either the SSD is defective, or you didn't set up your system correctly. Or perhaps you just think it was wasted money. I think my Vertex 2 was the best upgrade I've ever made. It felt like going from 2GB RAM to 64GB RAM (yea, that's an exaggeration, but I've never had a system feel this responsive before.)
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I'm going to do a RAID0 with Hitachi's new 7K1000.D
 
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I'm surprised no-one mentioned RAID0 for mechanical drives. I have 4 WD Caviar blacks in RAID0 and get crazy speeds. My SSD in my laptop is nice and snappy, but since it's SATAII my RAID0 array gets way faster write/read speeds. My 500MB/s write is very nice. My SSD can't touch that. Mind you my other rig just has an HDD and I am considering getting an SSD for that. My main rig needs the storage and speed, so RAID0 wins out. Plus I have a second raid array in RAID5 that handles the important data.
Works like a champ. Transferred 320GB recently from my RAID0 to RAID5 and it took only about 10minutes. If that's not awesome I don't know what is.
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Only benefit i see that would make it worth it is when I'm stressing an OC and it crashes I can make changes and get back to work on the OC really fast. I'll wait untile prices are about 2 gigs a dollar. Then I might consider it, the prices are just so insane for me. Id rather go buy a new video card.
    
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