Originally Posted by Ghooble
I wouldn't get an SSD for an HTPC. Just extra money that can be either saved or put somewhere else.
Originally Posted by cdoublejj
SSDs are volatile! they loose data after long periods with no power, they constantly are releasing updates for firmware flaws that loose data, if they fail there is little to no chance of retrieving data like on a hard drive because if the memory chip fails it FAILS and finally they are expensive.
Not true and not a good advice at all! You want your HTPC/Gaming system to power on and work just like any other equipment on your media console - meaning your turn it on and go straight to doing what you want to do - an SSD as a boot drive would get you much closer to this objective! You do not want to wait for it to boot and then log in and do all that!
If you are building a system (HTPC/Gaming/anything else) from scratch right now an SSD is a great component to have on the list:
Would it work without an SSD - of course yes!
Would it work BETTER
with an SSD - again, YES and YES!
So if your budget allows is and if you like a faster responsive system get one, right now some of them are relatively cheap because of the HDD prices skyrocketing!Volatility of an SSD
- well HDD crashes are more rampant than SSD crashes! Now SSD's do have issues (especially the Sandforce based ones) I had an OCZ 60GB which failed on me, they seemed to have fixed it now, but I have a Crucial M4
and a Patriot Pyro
which has been running fine for over 6 months now without any problems, and both are boot drives and I love the snappiness of the whole system!
So for your build if you want this just to be a boot drive then either of the above would work well, and I use this guide to help me not have to worry about filling it up ever - How to Create User Accounts on another Partition or Disk During Windows 7 Installation
, if you want to load games and such onto the SSD, check the size of the game files and then determine the size of the drive you need!
But get one and you would not regret it!