Originally Posted by Mygaffer
Don't convince him. An SSD is an absolute must for any enthusiast building a high end rig but if doesn't want to do it who cares, its no loss for you.
I never understood why people try to convince other people to buy this or that thing. With my customer I tell them what they can buy and what that will mean. If they want to cheap out and buy something I don't recommend I put my concerns in writing and make sure they sign it. That way when their cheap solution craps out and they complain to me I can say "Well as you can see from the documentation I recommended you not use this solution".
This. Exactly this. If your friend needs convincing, he probably won't be happy with it after he buys it, and will forever regret purchasing it.
My first SSD was actually a gift from a friend, and after installing everything, he asked me how I liked it. My response was pretty much "ehhh...". Don't get me wrong though! Over time, I've gotten used to the speed, and could never go back. Now, when asked, I'll always recommend adding an SSD to any build, be it budget or high-end. However, if I had bought the SSD myself, I definitely wouldn't have thought it was worth it (it was a Force 3 90GB for ~$100 at the time I believe).
Like another poster above said, it's just a luxury that not everyone needs. I think the best thing you can do for your friend is do a comparison between your rig and his rig. He will see the difference, but it's up to him to decide whether it's worth the money.Edited by onoz - 4/5/13 at 10:52am