Originally Posted by blupupher
Short answer, a SSD will boot into windows faster and load programs faster.
Your "need" for one depends on your use.
I got one only because I got a really good deal on it. Sure it is nice. but I still think it is priced to high for "normal" users. The recent increase in HDD prices makes it a little more economical, but not a whole lot.
Do I like my SSD, sure. Windows boots in under 20 seconds, games (when loaded on the SSD) load very quickly. I only have Crysis loaded on my SSD since I only have a 64 gig SSD.
Will I get another one, yes, but only once prices are around $0.50/GB, not the current $1+/gb.
I actually just purchased a Raptor for my wifes computer (her 250 gig drive is dying) and since they have some really good deals on them, why not. $45 for 150 gigs of space vs ~$80+ for 60 gigs, not a hard choice for me.
^^^ That's honesty. And he's agreeing with me. So that's 9000 to 2.
Originally Posted by blupupher
Like I said, SSD's are nice, but not everybody needs
We know nothing about the OP system or intended use.
Originally Posted by bruflot
"Far too little improvement"
Tell me, have you ever tried a system with an SSD installed?
Tell me, can you look at my system and see that I own 2 systems with SSDs installed? One of them is running on nothing BUT an SSD. No HDD to slow anything down..
Originally Posted by yanks8981
Huge difference. You are opening programs constantly, whether you realize it or not. Anything you open in windows, whether it be task manager, device manager, control panel, etc, opens instantly, rather than waiting for a delay. IE opens faster and closes faster, shutting down your PC is a ton faster, as well as the boot up. If you own 2 SSDs, and say they are not worth it, please provide reasons as to why.
I have provided reasons. For what I do, that is, opening Firefox to read the news/watch a movie, I don't need to save a half a second. For opening BF3, I don't need an SSD (because it's the crappy Origin/BL and servers that take forever) Before I got my first one, I asked everyone how an SSD would help my usage. Everyone gave me the same spiel they're giving this guy. And it was bunk. The things I did opened instantly before (thanks, Superfetch!) and is very much the same now. Sure, it's a *bit* snappier, but I could have lived without it, and had I not got the deals I did, I would have been happy that way.
That's reason enough not to spend 200 dollars on one, eh?
Originally Posted by onoz
I have an SSD, but I can honestly say that, knowing what I know now, I wish I waited until the GB/$ ratio was better. Sure, Windows boots fast. Sure, my games open faster. Sure, little to absolutely no wait time for programs/applications to open. But, the thing is, I was never really had a problem waiting for them to open up.
It's about whether or not you want it. If you want the speed (I'd argue against "need," since I don't believe anyone truly needs
the speed). If you want it, go for it! Getting an SSD is like getting a better processor or video card IMHO. There are plenty of CPUs/GPUs out that there that'll "get the job done," but the reason why we opt for something better is because we want to max things out. Really though, that's all it comes down to.
Make that 9000 to 3.
All's not happy in SSD land, now is it.
When they come down to earth with pricing, that is, 120gb top of the line SSDs for 90-100 bucks, then they will, by all means, "be worth it."