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Running Windows XP on a virtual machine on an Intel X25-M 120GB SSD in an eSATA/USB2 enclosure. I couldn't get eSATA to work, but amazingly, that doesn't appear to matter - at least as far as running the OS goes. The virtual machine, even connected via USB2 and with just 512MB RAM allocated, runs faster than the host XP install on mechanical HDD. Programs launch near instantly and boot times are pretty quick. Admittedly, large sequential read/write operations are pretty painful on USB2, but otherwise, it works very well.

I'm already convinced that all my future builds will feature SSD's but now, they're inexpensive enough that I'm sure to recommend one for folks looking to speed up their PC (even if it's just a 60GB for OS). I'm gifting my aunt a computer and while I was originally planning on just installing a 500GB~1TB HDD for her, I'm definitely going to find a way to include an SSD in the budget now - even if I have to drop her from a Core i3-2100 to a Celeron G530.
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Uhm i really don't think your aunt needs an ssd for one, second the i3 over the celeron will be a much more noticeable performance boost that an ssd will yield. Third an ssd over usb2 is a waste and unless you have a really crappy hdd any drive over usb2 will likely be slower.
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Uhm i really don't think your aunt needs an ssd for one, second the i3 over the celeron will be a much more noticeable performance boost that an ssd will yield.
Not true for how she uses the PC (basically Facebook, shopping and web surfing). Unless you're running some CPU-heavy apps, you'd be hard pressed to notice a difference between the Celeron G530 (performs around the same as a Core 2 Duo E8400) and the i3-2100. However, running multiple apps at the same time (Skype, Messenger, Firefox, iTunes, anti-virus and a lot of the crap my cousin is wont to install) would definitely benefit from an SSD.

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Third an ssd over usb2 is a waste and unless you have a really crappy hdd any drive over usb2 will likely be slower.
Uhm, I've tried it already. The XP virtual machine on the Intel X25-M 120GB (USB2) is running faster than the native XP host install on the Western Digital 160GB (SATA2) drive. Which was quite surprising, actually. Yes, the WD is likely much slower compared to more modern HDD's but that mostly applies to sequential read/write. I don't think random read/write have been much improved over they years and apparently, Windows cares more for random read/write than sequential read/write.
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