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So basically the hard drive in my parents PC has died now, I am 100% sure as I tested my hard drive in their system and everything is working fine.

The only thing I want to know is it worth getting a SSD for the same price as an SSD for them, bearing in my they said the cheapest possible so I was only going to buy like a 500GB HDD which would cost around £44. An SSD at the same price for me would get me 64GB.

They said they do not really download anything at all so I am thinking the SSD might be the safer bet for performance and perhaps I MIGHT add in a HDD later on but right now I am on the fence, what do you guys think?
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SSD now, cheap HDD later on for storage smile.gif That's what I'd do smile.gif Just be careful with the SSD, some perform worse than HDDs.
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Originally Posted by ronnin426850 View Post

SSD now, cheap HDD later on for storage smile.gif That's what I'd do smile.gif Just be careful with the SSD, some perform worse than HDDs.

Are there any SSDs you can recommend and any that you can tell me to stay away from?

***edit***

So I found this one actually, what do you think?

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/64gb-sandisk-pulse-25-ssd-sata-iii-6gb-s-mlc-flash-read-490mb-s-write-240mb-s-7200-iops-1800-iops-ma
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Here is something to think about

I bought my lovely wife a brand new laptop in May 2013, I immediately upgraded the 500GB hdd to a spare 120GB SSD (warranty replacement) assuring her of blistering performance increases, and a computing utopia.

To this day she is completely unimpressed by the SSD,
she doesn't store loads of data, but she also doesn't really do much HDD access while on the laptop. So yes bootup is fast, but that is really the only noticeable thing that improves, as she does pretty much everything online, Email, Facebook, Youtube, grocery shopping being the primary activities.

She does occasionally look at photos and do some word/excel work but nothing meaty and she would not notice the loading times.

Right now the SSD premium is only really worth it for the Photoshop/Gaming/anything else that does lots of disk access crowd.

So just check your parents usage habits, if it's primarily online stuff, then the HDD will be just fine.
    
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Are there any SSDs you can recommend and any that you can tell me to stay away from?

***edit***

So I found this one actually, what do you think?

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/64gb-sandisk-pulse-25-ssd-sata-iii-6gb-s-mlc-flash-read-490mb-s-write-240mb-s-7200-iops-1800-iops-ma


I don't know much about SSDs, there should be a list of recommendations somewhere here on OCN smile.gif What I know is - Samsung = yes, OCZ = no smile.gif That's all generally speaking, of course.

AFAIK Samsung's 840 is fast and cheap smile.gif
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Here is something to think about

I bought my lovely wife a brand new laptop in May 2013, I immediately upgraded the 500GB hdd to a spare 120GB SSD (warranty replacement) assuring her of blistering performance increases, and a computing utopia.

To this day she is completely unimpressed by the SSD,
she doesn't store loads of data, but she also doesn't really do much HDD access while on the laptop. So yes bootup is fast, but that is really the only noticeable thing that improves, as she does pretty much everything online, Email, Facebook, Youtube, grocery shopping being the primary activities.

She does occasionally look at photos and do some word/excel work but nothing meaty and she would not notice the loading times.

Right now the SSD premium is only really worth it for the Photoshop/Gaming/anything else that does lots of disk access crowd.

So just check your parents usage habits, if it's primarily online stuff, then the HDD will be just fine.

Ordinary daily tasks make my HDD cringe, I don't know how your wife avoids that blinksmiley.gif

Also,
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I bought my lovely wife
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she simply does not notice any difference, disk access is very low when browsing the web as a main activity, of course she is wireless on the network with a maximum wlan of 150mbps, fibre brings in 74mbps down and 20mbps up, I only hope she gets to appreciate the SSD if she starts playing any proper games again other than facebook stuff.

Maybe just maybe I should have let her use the HDD for a month first smile.gif
    
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