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Hello folks, I wanted to throw this quick question out there and I appreciate any advice you've got to offer.

I haven't upgraded in a long while (sig rig), and I'm new to SSDs. I am planning a new build soon, either a SB or IB depending on circumstances. My question is should I use two SSDs instead of one for my needs?

My thinking was to have a small but fast SSD for the OS, one that I wouldn't worry about running it fast and hard and burning it out, and another SSD for my frequently used apps and data. I need my data drive to stick around for as long as possible and be reliable. It would have some games, apps, and some fairly static but important databases and other data on it. In other words it would see very little writes, but a lot of reads.

I recently picked up a Chronos Deluxe 240GB SSD on a really good deal, but I haven't installed it yet. I could add it to my current system and load it up with my databases, or I can wait till my new build and install the OS on it as well. Or, I could pick up a 64GB SSD for my OS and just keep this as a data drive.

Any advice?
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post #2 of 8
Technically you would want the faster drive for the common used apps. I asked a similar question in my own thread and came to the conclusion that I would want apps and games being able to read/write at their very peak. Its the OS drive that is mostly static data no!?
post #3 of 8
I'd just used that 240gb for OS and applications. No need to partition it. with the extra money, buy a beefier GPU.
post #4 of 8
I second that motion! A new video card would be suffice!
post #5 of 8
I'm most cases, the performance gains your getting are from access times anyway.
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You guys are quick, thanks smile.gif

Maybe I'm misinformed, but I thought that the OS does use a lot of writes, even when disabling things like Indexing and Pagefile. Is this incorrect, then? I was hoping to get about 5 years of life out of this drive as a data drive, but I don't see that kind of lifespan with OS on the drive.

(again, the data drive would only see patches to apps, and the databases are all static)

As far as video card, I'm pretty good on that front for now; I'm rocking a 6950 2GB and its running everything great, so I probably won't be upgrading GPU for a while.
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post #7 of 8
There is no reason you shouldn't get 5 good years out of the current generation of SSDs thumb.gif
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You guys are quick, thanks smile.gif

Maybe I'm misinformed, but I thought that the OS does use a lot of writes, even when disabling things like Indexing and Pagefile. Is this incorrect, then? I was hoping to get about 5 years of life out of this drive as a data drive, but I don't see that kind of lifespan with OS on the drive.

(again, the data drive would only see patches to apps, and the databases are all static)

As far as video card, I'm pretty good on that front for now; I'm rocking a 6950 2GB and its running everything great, so I probably won't be upgrading GPU for a while.

I say grab a 64GB Crucial M4 or a Samsung 830 for your OS drive and have the 240GB Sandforce drive as a storage medium.

You will easily get 10 years + out of your SSD as an OS drive, unless you write a ton of movies to it constantly 24/7, you should be fine. smile.gif

Since you are out of date on your knowledge maybe read this over: www.overclock.net/t/1179518/seans-ssd-buyers-guide-information-thread

Also, for the installation of Windows 7 read this over too, it will help a ton: http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-guide-optimization-for-ssds-hdds
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