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Hello everyone,

I haven't been on OCN in ages! Still getting used to some of the changes.

Well here's my dilemma. My computer got a really bad virus. I haven't had a virus in years...but I guess I was over due. Anyway...so many system files are screwed up. I got rid of the virus but the computer barely runs. No internet. It's slow and it constantly BSODs.

So I thought I'd take this time to get myself a cheap SSD since prices appear to be down. I plan on wiping the computer and fresh installing.

I saw Corsair has a line called "Accelerator" which seems like it's supposed to be a really fast,big cache that goes along with your mechanical hard drive. Interesting, but what do you guys think is better: A standalone SSD with a traditional hard drive, or a "cache SSD" and a hard drive?

Any remarks?

Thank you.
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Tried Combofix?
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Standalone boot SSD with mechanical storage drive.
    
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Yes I used combofix actually. Now there's a lot of stuff messed up with system .dlls and .sys files. I haven't been into PCs much lately so I'm kind of out of it.

I'm not sure exactly what happened...Kinda want an SSD anyway *cough*.

Thanks.
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Stand alone SSD > Cache

Read this to choose a SSD: Sean's SSD Buyers Guide & Information Thread

For a quick reference I suggest any of the following:
  • Crucial M4
  • Samsung 830/470
  • Corsair Performance Pro
  • Plextor M3/M3 Pro
  • Intel 510/520/320

Read this for your Windows 7 install: Sean's Windows 7 Install & Optimization Guide for SSDs & HDDs
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I have a 60gb drive I use for caching my 1.5tb raid 0 config. it speeds up my boot by about 20 seconds (actual boot time about 30 seconds), but it is not the 10 second boot like you get with an ssd.

Pretty nice but no ferrari. But I need the 3tb raid drive for my editing stuffs smile.gif


btw, that guide is awesome.
Edited by squishysquishy - 3/29/12 at 7:44pm
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Those ACCELERATOR SSDs are just the same as standard SSD, the only difference is that they have lower capacity thus cheaper, and intended to be used as a cache, an HDD will still be used as a boot drive.
Edited by ghostrider85 - 3/30/12 at 12:11am
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Thank you everyone for your replies. After looking over my options, I decided to go with a "regular" SSD. I ordered a 60GB Mushkin Chronos Deluxe. Looks like one of the best performing drives in the price range. Got mine for $90. I don't have SATA3, but no point in getting a slower drive, since I could probably use this drive in the future.
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Thank you everyone for your replies. After looking over my options, I decided to go with a "regular" SSD. I ordered a 60GB Mushkin Chronos Deluxe. Looks like one of the best performing drives in the price range. Got mine for $90. I don't have SATA3, but no point in getting a slower drive, since I could probably use this drive in the future.

If your computer doesn't support SATA 3..

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Aw come on. SATA3 isn't even mainstream yet. Besides, no free PCI-E slots for a card, and not upgrading motherboard sooooo....
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