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I was thinking of upgrading to a SSD. I have a few questions though before I even attempt it.

My WEI is stuck at a 5.9 because I have a sata HDD. I'm not really concerned with this number as I know it is just that...a number for the WEI which doesn't mean much.
The drive I have now is fine, nothing wrong with it. Yet I keep reading that SSD help improve load times and what not.

Does it effect gameplay on games any?

Will it help me get better benchmarks?

I can install windows and boot from it correct?

Would I be able to use it as my main HD to boot from and install games on and then use my current sata HD as my media storage? Since media doesn't really need blazing fast speeds.

What type of connection does it use? Sata?

Can I clone my current HD to the SSD? So I don't have to do a fresh install?
or
Would a fresh install of Win 7 Ult. be best?

I know some of these things could be looked up easy, but some cannot so I figured someone here would know more about and could explain stuff better then me just reading about it.
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1) It will affect your Load times for large maps/game start up
2)better Crystal Disk Benches...not really much if any affect on GPU/CPU benchmarks that I've seen
3)Yes you can install WIndows to it (highly recomended as your boot times will be crazy good)
4) yes you can this is what most people do
5)Yes it uses Sata (be sure to set your sata port that you use for it to AHCI
6) you should be able to provided you get a large enough SSD (though clean install is usually recomended) Follow Seans post here For a GREAT guide on installing windows onto a SSD

hope this helps

BTW nice prices on one here
Edited by Jim888 - 2/18/13 at 3:50pm
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Does it effect gameplay on games any?

Yes, map loads will be 25 to 50% faster.

Will it help me get better benchmarks?

Only in benches like PCMark 7 and SSD benching apps like Anvil, AS SSD, and Crystal Disk Mark.

I can install windows and boot from it correct?

Sure

Would I be able to use it as my main HD to boot from and install games on and then use my current sata HD as my media storage? Since media doesn't really need blazing fast speeds.

Sure

What type of connection does it use? Sata? SATA 6GBB and AHCI I/O mode in BIOS before installing your OS.

Can I clone my current HD to the SSD? So I don't have to do a fresh install?
or
Would a fresh install of Win 7 Ult. be best?


You can clone your current HDD to it with products like Acronis True Image. But first download and install Anvil Storage to be sure your current HDD is segment aligned, if not, a fresh install is better.
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I was thinking of upgrading to a SSD. I have a few questions though before I even attempt it.

My WEI is stuck at a 5.9 because I have a sata HDD. I'm not really concerned with this number as I know it is just that...a number for the WEI which doesn't mean much.
The drive I have now is fine, nothing wrong with it. Yet I keep reading that SSD help improve load times and what not.

 

Yeah, and it may even stay at 5.9 because of the hard drive.  The WEI numbers are meaningless to people like us unless they're really low which sometimes might indicate a problem.  Although, I think the problem would be noticed before looking at the WEI scores!

 

 

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Does it effect gameplay on games any?

 

Not really, unless the game needs to access the drive during the game for whatever reason.  This is because the drive will be able to do what the game wants in a shorter amount of time.  It's like you're working on a task and you only need 1 person helping you and you only need their help occasionally, but not very often really.  Well, how fast you do the task that you require help with depends on how fast your helper is.  So the game is the person who's doing a task, and the storage drive is the occasional helper.  Of course, a hard drive is a slow helper, and a solid state drive is a fast helper.

 

 

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Will it help me get better benchmarks?

 

Only in programs that measure drive performance.

 

 

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I can install windows and boot from it correct?

 

Yep.  Try to think of a solid state drive as a faster and fancier hard drive.  I mean, it's simply a new kind of storage drive just like how the hard drive is the old type of storage drive.  If you can do it with a hard drive, then you can do it with a solid state drive.  The end-user experience is identical even though it's faster.  Of course, there are little differences such as no longer having to make sure that you defrag it regularly.  The solid state drive's onboard controller takes care of the fragments in the best way possible for the way the drive is designed to work.

 

 

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Would I be able to use it as my main HD to boot from and install games on and then use my current sata HD as my media storage? Since media doesn't really need blazing fast speeds.

 

Absolutely.  Although, don't call it a hard drive.  It's a solid state drive.  :)  Of course, the end-user experience is identical except for the speed of the drive.

 

 

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What type of connection does it use? Sata?

 

Yeah, SATA II or SATA III.  It's just a new type of storage drive which is going to replace hard drives some day.  There really isn't much that's different except for the way they store data.  I mean, they do the same things that hard drives do but in different and in faster ways.

 

 

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Can I clone my current HD to the SSD? So I don't have to do a fresh install?
or
Would a fresh install of Win 7 Ult. be best?

 

I feel that a fresh clean installation is better than cloning because then you guarantee yourself that you can get the solid state drive aligned properly to 1024 K.

 

 

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I know some of these things could be looked up easy, but some cannot so I figured someone here would know more about and could explain stuff better then me just reading about it.

 

Nah, it's all good.  This way, you make sure that you're not getting out-dated information.

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Thanks for the replies. Rep+ will be given.

That is true TwoCables, sometimes a site will have some outdated info. Which could cause you to make a bad choice. That is why I like obtaining information from forums. When a person responds to something, it is more personal as well.
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