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Hello, I've had some HDD's misfortunes lately, such as my WD CB 500GB 7200 32MB getting errors in HDTune/Crystalmark with allocated sectors and another I do not recall right now, which introduced consecutive slowdowns in some games (DiRT2, TF2 but not BF3 strangely), so I reinstalled Win7 on a Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 16MB that I used for storage after it gave be BSOD's when playing only BC2. (No BSOD's so far though)

Long story short, I now have a partition with zero-format on the WD CB for BF3 because for some reason the Seagate introduced slowdown in BF3 now. When I installed on the WD and not the Seagate (OS drive) it seems to work fine.

Anyway, I wanna rid of using HDDs for OS/Apps/Games and I want, for a few months from now when I can get the 3770K/Z68(or 77), to use an Intel Series 320 of 120GB as my main drive with my current setup, and use my WD, Seagate and Hitachi for storage.

2 things I'm curious

1. Because SSD has no moving parts, and its Intel (compared to sandforce horror stories :0), would it "break down"/get reallocated sectors .. etc. as fast or at all even as modern, higher end HDDs (WD CB that I have, which lasted 6 months)?

2. Would the SSD be bottlenecked at all by my stock E8400 with 500W OCZ, 4x1GB DDR2 801, (GTX 280), P5Q-E? In other words, would it make a lot of difference whether I use it with current setup or the lastest i7? (Of course I'm expecting a newer CPU to be more compatible and offer more to the SSD, but would it be anything extremely noticeable?)

Also I know I'm running kind of tight on my 500W, I am planning to take 1 HDD out if I insert an SSD.

My thoughts are the SSD's aren't even close to the bandwith that CPU can handle but I don't really know too much about I/O and compatibility of new SSD's with 4 year old hardware.

I would really appreciate each opinion and thanks for coping with the long post
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Hello, I've had some HDD's misfortunes lately, such as my WD CB 500GB 7200 32MB getting errors in HDTune/Crystalmark with allocated sectors and another I do not recall right now, which introduced consecutive slowdowns in some games (DiRT2, TF2 but not BF3 strangely), so I reinstalled Win7 on a Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 16MB that I used for storage after it gave be BSOD's when playing only BC2. (No BSOD's so far though)
Long story short, I now have a partition with zero-format on the WD CB for BF3 because for some reason the Seagate introduced slowdown in BF3 now. When I installed on the WD and not the Seagate (OS drive) it seems to work fine.
Anyway, I wanna rid of using HDDs for OS/Apps/Games and I want, for a few months from now when I can get the 3770K/Z68(or 77), to use an Intel Series 320 of 120GB as my main drive with my current setup, and use my WD, Seagate and Hitachi for storage.
2 things I'm curious
1. Because SSD has no moving parts, and its Intel (compared to sandforce horror stories :0), would it "break down"/get reallocated sectors .. etc. as fast or at all even as modern, higher end HDDs (WD CB that I have, which lasted 6 months)?
2. Would the SSD be bottlenecked at all by my stock E8400 with 500W OCZ, 4x1GB DDR2 801, (GTX 280), P5Q-E? In other words, would it make a lot of difference whether I use it with current setup or the lastest i7? (Of course I'm expecting a newer CPU to be more compatible and offer more to the SSD, but would it be anything extremely noticeable?)
Also I know I'm running kind of tight on my 500W, I am planning to take 1 HDD out if I insert an SSD.
My thoughts are the SSD's aren't even close to the bandwith that CPU can handle but I don't really know too much about I/O and compatibility of new SSD's with 4 year old hardware.
I would really appreciate each opinion and thanks for coping with the long post

1. Personally, I can't stand a PC without an SSD. Having an SSD over a HDD is night and day to be honest. Intel is a great company for SSD's but I recommend Crucial for their price and reliability. You should go with a Crucial M4 128gb.
2. I have never heard of an SSD being bottlenecked, I would imagine that an SSD would help a lot with your rig. I see no reason why you shouldn't get a SSD. I think it is the single best upgrade I have ever made to PC, disregarding cost.

You should check out this very in-depth guide on SSD's.


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once you get an SSD you will be forever spoiled like previous poster said...lol...thats the down side
as far as bottlenecking....yes it will not be able to perform quite as fast as it would with a sata 6Gp/s controller but will still be a huge performance boost so don't sweat it thumb.gif

use your ssd for os and any games that require large amounts of data to be loaded between scenes or maps..heres a great guide for using a SSD wink.gif
http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-optimization-guide-for-ssds-hdds
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