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Originally Posted by Trikitty View Post
Only 30GB SSD and no HDD? Could save money by just going with HDD and improve elsewhere. SSD is good, but dies quicker than HDD, and honestly not worth the price/space.
From what I've read SSD is a huge improvement over hard drives. That drive will be mainly for the OS - he's got plenty of hard drives in current machines for everything else.
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post #12 of 22
My build cost me $500 for everything (except my monitor, mouse, keyboard, and DVD-RW drive, which were recycled and slowly being replaced), and it is fit to game, so your build may likely be less then $500.

I would still get a video card however, if only to run that shiny interface Windows has now.
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It's an improvement, yes. I'm not doubting that. What I'm getting at is the life expectancy of it is shorter than HDDs, and not worth the money, in my opinion.

edit: dumb spelling mistake. :|
Edited by Trikitty - 12/14/09 at 12:11am
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It's an improvement, yes. I'm not doubting that. What I'm getting at is the life expectancy of it is shorter than HDDs, and not worth the money, in my opinion.

edit: dumb spelling mistake. :|
The money issue is personal opinion. However, the failure rate is not.

MTBF for the components in say an intel x25m is at 1.2million hours. The flash lifespan is 10 years, and rated at 10,000 write-erase cycles.

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Originally Posted by techreport
Using a write-amplification factor of 1.1 and a wear-leveling efficiency factor of 1.1, 20GB of write-erase per day for five years should consume only about 550 cycles on an 80GB X25-M.
(couldn't dig up the anandtech article quickly enough)

This is technically better than a cavier black which has a MTBF of 750000 hours, but anything over about 5 years is semantics.

OP: Please don't let misinformation prevent you from going SSD if that is what you desire. Failure is not a reason to skip SSDs, though price is another issue.
    
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post #15 of 22
Ok, here is a really nice build for your dad, and it is a little under $900! I chose ddr3 because ddr3 is getting cheaper and ddr2 prices are skyrocketing as it's becoming less available.
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The money issue is personal opinion. However, the failure rate is not.

MTBF for the components in say an intel x25m is at 1.2million hours. The flash lifespan is 10 years, and rated at 10,000 write-erase cycles.



(couldn't dig up the anandtech article quickly enough)

This is technically better than a cavier black which has a MTBF of 750000 hours, but anything over about 5 years is semantics.

OP: Please don't let misinformation prevent you from going SSD if that is what you desire. Failure is not a reason to skip SSDs, though price is another issue.
I stand corrected, but I also stand by my opinion that they really aren't worth the money.
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post #17 of 22
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Thanks for the SSD feedback guys. I do agree that the drives are very expensive for the amount of storage you get, but I am also 90% set on getting one.

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Ok, here is a really nice build for your dad, and it is a little under $900! I chose ddr3 because ddr3 is getting cheaper and ddr2 prices are skyrocketing as it's becoming less available.
I've never owned/put together an AMD PC before, but from first glance this build looks great.

Although, without doing any research into the specific components I can definitely say that I would replace the case & power supply with Antec Sonata III (I have a personal love for the Sonata line and have a Sonata III myself), and would probably opt for the 32GB SSD instead of the 60GB. Like I said, I imagine this SSD will not be used for anything but the OS and a few key programs, so there's not much point shelling out the big bucks for a large capacity.

Will look into this components again tomorrow and if everything checks out will probably go pick up the hardware on Tuesday.
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post #18 of 22
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What about this?


Edited by kerunt - 12/14/09 at 2:37am
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post #20 of 22
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Mazza, that looks pretty awesome .

I played around with another (cheaper Phenom II) build:



Comes to $598.69
Edited by kerunt - 12/14/09 at 2:14pm
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