Originally Posted by Skye12977
Originally Posted by 996gt2
An SSD is probably the most important part of a system as far as "responsiveness" is concerned. You can have a fast CPU, fast RAM, fast GPU, but things will still take a while to load on a mechanical drive.
With SSD prices so low, I would highly recommend getting an SSD, even a small-ish 128GB one, to serve as your boot drive.
Performance wise a better GPU would help more than the SSD. (Even at 50$)
SSD can always be added in the future, attempting to improve wouldn't be so easy/cheap.
It can be added in the future, but the hassle of re-installing the OS, or even cloning, makes it much easier to simply have an SSD from the beginning.
Here's how I look at it:
A better GPU will only help in games.
A SSD will help for everything. The system will boot faster, programs will load faster, games will load faster, files will transfer faster, basically...everything will feel so much more responsive.
I installed my first SSD 5 years ago and haven't looked back since. Every system with a hard drive as the main boot drive feels extremely laggy to me now.