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agreed. thumb.gif
also, a game that loads everything in to RAM will give you absolutely 0 performance increase being installed on a ssd. ie; BF3, MW3, SC2 and others. what you are experiencing is something known as the placebo effect. on the other hand, a game that constantly streams textures, models, icons, animations, games like rage or world of warcraft, will see a huge increase in performance.

But only if dips in FPS, pauses, etc are accompanied by the HDD being thrashed. The only few games of note I remember actually being HDD limited and benefiting from an SSD are The Sims 3 and Minecraft, TS3 is always pulling textures, objects, etc from the HDD which is why it benefits, as they didn't try to make it keep them loaded in RAM unless they're in the active house (A dumb design decision IMO, but still, considering the target audience's average PC it's probably necessary) and Minecraft is loading a heap of small files from the HDD from the save file, it's why you could be getting a solid 60fps non-stop in multiplayer but have stuttering galore in singleplayer, because the map is serverside in MP.

Other than those, there aren't many games that are actually limited by a HDDs speed especially if you have a separate HDD for games and the like, iirc anyway.
    
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I'm really hating the huge price increase now. I'm in need of a new storage drive badly and I just CANNOT justify spending so much more than I would have a couple of months back. I feel so pissed off at myself for waiting until the last minute until buying it.
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I remember when I bought 10 Hitachi 1TB drives at Microcenter for $27 each last year. I should have bought a hundred Hitachi drives instead of stupid gold and silver coins.bruce.gif
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I do feel sorry for anyone that built after the flood. Thankfully I got my Caviar Black for $70.
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I do feel sorry for anyone that built after the flood. Thankfully I got my Caviar Black for $70.

Yeah I got my Seagate 1TB for $75 now they are $119.. but hey what can we do..?
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But Sims 3 loads everything (textures, meshes, etc) off the HDD as it goes and often stutters because of it, so installing Sims 3 on a SSD would help tremendously.
That game alone is a big reason I want an SSD.
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That game alone is a big reason I want an SSD.

I know the feeling, I was watching my girlfriend play it on her laptop and it was a stutterfest whenever she moved the camera around. Installed it on my rig to see if it was the laptop HDD but it barely was improved. redface.gif
    
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I couldn't find a new HDD less than 80$ at Micro-center so i bought a 60GB SSD for my brothers build for Christmas tongue.gif
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I just built a new rig just recently & I remember buying Samsung F3 1TB drives for $55.00 shipped. I looked on newegg & they are now $145.99. I just could not see myself paying that price when I used to pay under $60.00

I ended up going to bestbuy & buying a Seagate ST3500641AS-RK with a $100.00 gift card I had. The drive cost me $99.99 & a few months ago this drive was selling for $69.99 It performs about 105 avg which is not bad but the prices no matter which way you look at it suck. If it was not for a Gift Card I am not sure what I would of done with the current prices.
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most of it, except hitachi which is in china.
And why are Hitachi's prices high?
to gouge! its nothing new. I was expecting it totally.


Still, if they lowered their prices to around 80~100 they can expect a nice sales boost. Most people don't care about HDDs and just go with best cost and whatever looks best compared to the others. I'm happy I got my Samsung F3 for like $80 over the summer.

 

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