The best "place" to buy an SSD is in the future at some point..good a place as any.
Here's why - you want a 100 GB plus? You just recently heard they're insanely fast? My guess is you might be buying a bit over your head.
SSD's, while awesome, are still premium priced. 100 GB now, will not last you - and it does not future proof you. My 7 install I just put in 2 weeks ago is already upwards of 200 GB plus......
If you're buying it to game, listen to music on, photos - anything - you will quickly run out of room.
Ok, put your photos and music on an external drive - problem solved.. No, you sitll have to worry about your programs on your OS drive. Are you the type to constantly monitor, and clean your OS drive? If not, I would not advise this upgrade move for you. You will constantly be having to install and uninstall programs just to get them to fit on that small drive.
Drive gets jam packed, and you spend 30 minutes a week now figuring out what to install, uninstall - and where you're gonna get your next deal on an external drive because you don't have any music, pictures or anything else cool you thought you were buying into.
And in the end, you're left with a very expensive super fast boot to Windows - and then you're left standing at the end of the road with nothing to do - because you're bored with your installed programs, have no music or photos - and you're too aggravated to uninstill any more crap. (EDIT - I'm seeing a lot of 10 GB games coming out now, you guys disagree, 20 for Win, 10 for other apps - leaving you at 8 games or less to run...FAIL)
Or you can wait until the future...in which case you grab a 512 GB for $250 or less...that's the size I'm waiting on...
Good hdd's (platter), are still great. Optimized booting and Windows tweaking will still yield you an amazingly fast boot. Your programs, while a little slower to access - are now capable of installing literally hundreds on a modern drive (1TB and above). Heck, you can even partition it and have 2 OS's installed (say a Linux to play around with)....
And music and photos, as much as your heart desires. Read this from another one of my posts:
Edited by Gill.. - 1/4/10 at 7:17pm
|Solid state versus magnetic:
Ok...so solid state has been off the wall expensive in my opinion up to now. How can I argue that as I own a 8GB micro SDHC, 1 GB's - every darn size and flavor? Easy... those when conceptualized - we never on earth would have thought we could do that with 250, 350....hell....where IS the limit???
We're close.... if you're reading this, you know the law why.
per GB cost of magnetic versus solid state (with above base enclosure...even though I'm not sure I could toss a 2.5 in there. We'll leave form factor out, and assume a 2.5 or 2.5/wadaptor?)...who knows...that's why we're leaving it out.
$160 for 1500 GB magnetic = $0.1066 or let's be greedy and call it 11 cents per GB. I repeat - 11 cents per GB!!!!!!!
Put your 16GB microSDHC at $48 and that $3 per GB seems like highway robbery....different jobs.....but keep it in mind.
So the solid states...I can't go into anything less than 128GB - I'm sorry - i won't do it... dude - we're talking ten times that above... I won't even consider below that if we're truly comparing prices. I know you could get away with a 64....but come on.. I'm not investing that much and coming away with only 64...
128 GB cheapest is $250...so roughly $290 total which is $2.27 per GB....or 22 TIMES AS EXPENSIVE AS MAGNETIC....
Oh... truly pound for pound... biggest consumer one is 512 GB... at $1600....so buy 3 of those puppies and toss them in a HUGE enclosure - either way.. $5000..... $3.33 per GB.... RIGHT AROUND WHERE THE SD's are priced... interesting......
So yeah, moral of the story here is I'm sticking with magnetic for a while until the prices calm down.
Optical? burning DVD's and BluRay's?? yeah, I'm all set with that too. Waste of time for backup or regular data use - I think the advent of truly huge externals have KILLED that argument once and for all. And Blu-Ray winning the format war? Ask me if I care now. they can lick my boots as I download games from steam before I ever buy blu-ray. Didn't fall for HD-DVD either...