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I will order my Lenovo A6 3400M 2.3Ghz quad , 4 GB Ram , ATI 6720G2 laptop , and have the option to choose between a 750GB Hitachi 5400RPM drive , or a 60GB Pyro SE SATA3 Sandforce 2281 SSD .
Its a hard choice between storage/speed .
What do you guys think about it ?
The price for the drives are around the same .
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Can you see yourself using more than ~40GBs of storage?
Direct from OEM seems to be a bit more expensive than from somewhere like NewEgg, or Fry's.
If it's significantly cheaper elsewhere, I'd go with the HDD, and upgrade to an SSD later on when you can, maybe something larger than a 60GB.
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Power consumption is a huge bonus on any laptop and an SSD will use less. It'll also be 100% silent and generate less heat. If you're not going to use more storage than the SSD provides, then it's a no brainer. thumb.gif
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Well i dont know . I will use Office 2007 , Gimp , Some games ( maybe 3 ) , and some music .
It should fit ( or at least on my 32GB thumb drive ) .

How much power does an ssd consume ? And a hdd ?
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post #5 of 7
A typical HDD vs an SSD will not have a drastic change in power consumption.
If you are good to go with all your files on a 32GB Thumb Drive, that in addition to your OS, the 60GB would likely be a perfect fit for you.

However, I would personally want something larger, simply to know that in the case that I do need the space, it is available.
post #6 of 7
Personally i would go with the HDD. I had a 40gb SSD for my OS but that was just far too small. I thought it would be big enough for my OS plus a few extra programs but in the end it just got too full of app data and such.

Lucky for me it died after a few months so i had a full refund and used the money to go towards a 120gb. Now i have around 30gb free for whatever project i may be working on etc.

If you do want an SSD i think you should go for at least a 120gb if your laptop only supports one drive.

Then again if your confident that you won't need that extra storage then go for it thumb.gif
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post #7 of 7
In a laptop a SSD would be like "supercharging" it

EVERYTHING is faster and "snappier" with a ssd. You have 0.1 ms access times vs 10-15 ms


Also you shouldn't need vast storage in a laptop so 60 gigs should be good.
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