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Hi all, I am building a HTPC soon out of some parts I have laying about. I am going to use Windows 7 Media Center. I use PC Case Gear (Australia) to order parts from. I have a few questions:

I am wondering if I would benefit in using an SSD for boot drive only? I am going to use a 1TB Green hard disk for storage. (I already have a WD Caviar Green WD10EARS which has seen very little use)

What size should I get for a SSD?

Should I get a Sandforce based SSD? (I want a reliable SSD, I don't care for speed as long as it's quicker than a mechanical drive. tongue.gif )

I have to say I am a n00b when it comes to HTPCs and SSD drives. So apologies if these questions sound stupid.wink.gif

Thank you. biggrin.gif
Edited by TheLombax - 10/19/11 at 8:30pm
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this what everyone probably gonna say "crucial m4" smile.gif and 64gb if just for boot drive and some stuff..
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SSD are probably the most unreliable computer parts right now, however stay away from sanforce right now, they may offer the best performance, but it comes at a high fail rate. (I speak from experience.. having 3 ocz drives fail on me within a year)

For an HTPC... I'd stick with regular drives.. plus you'd save some money.. SSD would just be stroking the ego/epeen for HTPC in my book.
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Your boot time would see an improvement but on an HTPC I don't really think that it would be too noticeable.

If you do want an SSD, I'd say get the smallest you can get. A 32gb will fit Windows fine and shouldn't make too big a dent in your wallet.

I just bought an OCZ sandforce drive because the 2.15 firmware update came out a few days ago. Many people are saying it solved all of the problems! However, if you only want to go with a 32gb, I'd just get an Intel or Crucial (do M4s come in 32s? I don't think they do but I'm not sure).

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I can't say you'd see anything significant. That said, I just put a 60GB Vertex Plus into a HTPC I built recently, but only because the main drive (old 500GB drive) had died and I got it for $70. If you can find a cheap one it'll help, but SSDs are more of a niche thing these days and I don't see them having a big market when it comes to HTPCs unless you find your time ultra-valuable and want to shave off a few seconds on boot and load.

Also: don't listen to everyone pooing on Sandforce. It's Sandforce 2281 that has had problems. The last gen, that was in the Vertex 2's, ruled the roost for quite a long time. It's the new iteration with the problems, and as ieatchairs said above me, apparently it's fixed, which will happen eventually. I've got a Vertex 2 and it's great (what I can get out of it, anyways, since I'm on SATA-II).
Edited by CasanovaFly - 10/19/11 at 8:36pm
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I can't say you'd see anything significant. That said, I just put a 60GB Vertex Plus into a HTPC I built recently, but only because the main drive (old 500GB drive) had died and I got it for $70. If you can find a cheap one it'll help, but SSDs are more of a niche thing these days and I don't see them having a big market when it comes to HTPCs unless you find your time ultra-valuable and want to shave off a few seconds on boot and load.

I suppose my HTPC would be on quite a lot (or on standby for DVR recordings) and I might not actually need it. I could use my 320GB Caviar Blue for the OS drive instead.
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Originally Posted by ieatchairs;15376309 
Your boot time would see an improvement but on an HTPC I don't really think that it would be too noticeable.

If you do want an SSD, I'd say get the smallest you can get. A 32gb will fit Windows fine and shouldn't make too big a dent in your wallet.

I just bought an OCZ sandforce drive because the 2.15 firmware update came out a few days ago. Many people are saying it solved all of the problems! However, if you only want to go with a 32gb, I'd just get an Intel or Crucial (do M4s come in 32s? I don't think they do but I'm not sure).

Good luck biggrin.gif

I didn't even know SSD sizes exist below 60GB these days, on the PC Case Gear website the minimum size is 60. XD I have heard good things about Intel and Crucial. biggrin.gif
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SSD are probably the most unreliable computer parts right now, however stay away from sanforce right now, they may offer the best performance, but it comes at a high fail rate. (I speak from experience.. having 3 ocz drives fail on me within a year)

For an HTPC... I'd stick with regular drives.. plus you'd save some money.. SSD would just be stroking the ego/epeen for HTPC in my book.

Haha yeah I suppose, I think with it being in standby a lot that it doesn't really need a SSD. Having heard about the OCZ drives kinda made me wary about SSDs for a while. A mate of mine had one die on him.

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Originally Posted by Darksoul844;15376304 
this what everyone probably gonna say "crucial m4" smile.gif and 64gb if just for boot drive and some stuff..

It's good to know that 30/60GB drives are probably good for my purpose should I need to upgrade in the future.

I think I will stick to my original idea of using the 320GB Caviar Blue for OS and 1TB Caviar Green for storage.

Thanks everyone. biggrin.gif
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