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If you can find one where you live, get a Crucial M4 64GB or 128GB SSD. Or a Crucial M500 120GB if it's on sale. The M4 is a fine SSD for your purposes, and the SATA I thing does not make the SSD worthless at all. Yes you won't get the high large file sequential read speeds, but it is the very fast (compared to HDDs) 4K, small file performance that will be mostly preserved on SATA I that is what makes SSDs so much quicker than HDDs.

At your daughters age, their game library tends to be static, they play one or two games 90% of the time, same for boys. Later they might find another they like, and simply migrate to that. Plus as you said, these aren't complex, multi-gigabyte file games being played, so more space on the SSD is not an issue.

IMO, it is the child's age that determines their gaming habits, rather than gender, in the age bracket your daughter is in.
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Frankly, I know a lot of girls (nieces and younger cousins) with slow systems because of all the crap they install who would definitely benefit from an SSD. Besides, the drive you're suggesting is more expensive and if the daughter doesn't need the space anyway, why bother spending extra for it?

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If you just want a low cost upgrade, I think the Kingston V300 60GB is an okay choice. Certainly better than the normal SanDisk SSD (which is worse than the aged Intel X25-M's). The SanDisk Ultra Plus and Extreme II are excellent, however. For an extra 10 bucks though, I highly suggest you consider 128GB class SSD's for better performance and breathing room. That said, I think 60GB will work well enough for your daughter. More likely than not, by the time your daughter needs better hardware anyway, a complete system overhaul or replacement will be required. Quite likely, by that time some other standard such as M.2 would also be de rigeur and you can get a 512GB class SSD for ~$150.

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If you can find one where you live, get a Crucial M4 64GB or 128GB SSD. Or a Crucial M500 120GB if it's on sale. The M4 is a fine SSD for your purposes, and the SATA I thing does not make the SSD worthless at all. Yes you won't get the high large file sequential read speeds, but it is the very fast (compared to HDDs) 4K, small file performance that will be mostly preserved on SATA I that is what makes SSDs so much quicker than HDDs.

At your daughters age, their game library tends to be static, they play one or two games 90% of the time, same for boys. Later they might find another they like, and simply migrate to that. Plus as you said, these aren't complex, multi-gigabyte file games being played, so more space on the SSD is not an issue.

IMO, it is the child's age that determines their gaming habits, rather than gender, in the age bracket your daughter is in.

Went with the Kingston in the end. As @rui-no-onna mentioned, shes running on a AMD AM3/ NVIDIA nFORCE 750a SLI mobo, so my plan is to literally 'bin' the system in the next 6 months and build an APU mini atx build for her as I start introducing her to system building. Goal is being about to self build by age 10 ish - she's already mental age of 8-9.

@parsec - she plays minecraft with a few mods and watches YouTube 95% of the time - sometimes both - side-by-side on her little 17" monitor bless.... she picked that up from me and the mrs on her own haha
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Frankly, I know a lot of girls (nieces and younger cousins) with slow systems because of all the crap they install who would definitely benefit from an SSD. Besides, the drive you're suggesting is more expensive and if the daughter doesn't need the space anyway, why bother spending extra for it?

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The solution is to take time once in a while to clean out the computer for them, not pay $1/GB for storage.
    
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The solution is to take time once in a while to clean out the computer for them, not pay $1/GB for storage.

Personally, I'd much rather pay the premium for an SSD than waste man-hours constantly playing tech support. Besides, if you'll only be using less than 40GB of space regardless of whether you buy a 60GB SSD or a 1TB HDD, does it matter if the SSD costs $1/GB and the HDD costs $0.06/GB? In the end, they'll both cost you $60. Meanwhile, the SSD will be noticeably faster than the HDD.
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Personally, I'd much rather pay the premium for an SSD than waste man-hours constantly playing tech support. Besides, if you'll only be using less than 40GB of space regardless of whether you buy a 60GB SSD or a 1TB HDD, does it matter if the SSD costs $1/GB and the HDD costs $0.06/GB? In the end, they'll both cost you $60. Meanwhile, the SSD will be noticeably faster than the HDD.

>playing tech support
>takes 5 seconds to open CCleaner and run it
>30 seconds once a month to open msconfig and remove startup entries

Your money, not mine. Good thing I have basic intelligence and know how to manage my money the right way.
    
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