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Hi there,

I am deciding necessary parts to build a computer, and I could really use some advice here.

Is it worthwhile to invest in a SSD to boot windows 7 from (and to install my games on it)? I am a modest gamer, and I am not too familiar with computer hardware. Are there any issues or concerns regarding SSD in which one should be aware of?

Any advice and recommendations would be greatly appreciated, and I apologize if this matter has been brought up already.
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It's probably the single largest component upgrade that affects every way you use your PC.

I'd never go back to mechanical.
You should be able to comfortably fit a few games and an OS on a 128g drive.
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yep, SSD is INCREDABLY fast, and has less failiure rates due to the fact that it has no moving mechanical parts, but just 1 thing, dont defrag ur SSD, its bad for it
    
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SSD's are ridiculously fast. I think it's best to use your HDD's to load everything that isn't a game, or an OS. I personally put my games onto my secondary hard drive, just so I can install them really easily. Also, SSD's, if you aren't aware, are much smaller than hard drives so be aware you'll need to use an extension bracket.
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Originally Posted by Hbliss23 View Post
SSD's are ridiculously fast. I think it's best to use your HDD's to load everything that isn't a game, or an OS. I personally put my games onto my secondary hard drive, just so I can install them really easily. Also, SSD's, if you aren't aware, are much smaller than hard drives so be aware you'll need to use an extension bracket.
I agree, this is what most people are doing today, and SSD's are basically one of those revolutions in computing technology, similar to "teh internet"

and if u have lots of $$$ RAID 2 250GB SSD,s with a Sandforce controller and watch those suckers go!
    
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It's probably the single largest component upgrade that affects every way you use your PC.

I'd never go back to mechanical.
You should be able to comfortably fit a few games and an OS on a 128g drive.
I can comfortably fit my OS, the Steam games I play the most and the Adobe Design Premium suite on my 32GB SSD, with about 6 or 7GB free.

A definite yes to an SSD if you have the ability to get one. They are a joy to use and make loading programs stupidly fast. The best thing you can do is pair a good SSD with a fast storage drive such as the Samsung F3. I use the fast write speed of the F3 in conjunction with the fast read speed of my SSD and it is fantastic. (Bear in mind that I have re-directed the My Documents and related folders to be stored on my F3 as opposed to the SSD, for the purpose of saving space.)
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Hilophant could you fill out your system specs in the user control panel, it will help us help you.

I have been thinking about getting a 60gb. SSD just for an O.S. drive and maybe for BFBC2, but my current RAID-0 gets me in to game pretty fast.

I might still do it after I get my rig an water gear moved over to my 700D
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They are nice for sure, but also expensive. You can easily get away with a smaller drive such as 60g for boot and some applications/games that you want to be speedy. You could even use a 30g like I am for booting/os, it will still leave some room.

The only things to really be aware of is what controller the SSD uses, and that they have a limited amount of writes (pretty sure). Also it is best to use Windows 7 with them, because of the built in functionality of TRIM, which will clean your SSD and give it a longer lifetime.

Current best SSD's use the Sandforce controller, so look for one with that. A cheaper solution would be to get a Velociraptor 10k rpm drive, or I have heard the Samsung F3's are quite speedy (with a ton of capacity as well).

Bottom line: SSD is amazing for performance with what you have on the drive itself, but I wouldn't count it higher on a budget than a cpu or gpu if I was pricing out an entire system. It is a luxury item still, not quite mainstream and still fairly expensive to own.

Here is a excellent guide to look over if you do get an SSD for your boot drive
Edited by Faster_is_better - 1/24/11 at 3:38pm
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"Is it worthwhile to invest in a SSD to boot windows 7 from (and to install my games on it)?'

I asked myself the same question about a year ago...

Fun Lil' Video I stumbled cross in my initial research.
[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_Jz7IMwBt4[/ame] [biggrin.gif]

Nuff Said?

Not quite: This is still, for some, relatively new technology, and the decision is in the details. Some pros You may already know; cooler operation, less power consumption, and the promise of platter-destroying speeds. However, there are some things to consider:

Cost - I would argue that this is a non-issue. You really do get what You pay for, and as SSD's are not exactly in the mainstream market and is somewhat new to the average PC user, the price is still high.

Connection: SATA II or III is the usual option, with the fling to PCIe. Make sure Your build can handle what what connectivity demands You put on it.

Controller: B-Foot? Sandforce? Which is better? I swing towards Sandforce, and a Sandforce 1200. You can do more research right here on OCN for more on SSD Controllers.

TRIM/Garbage Collection: This is a handful. The most important thing to remember is that, if You are familiar with RAID arrays of multiple HHD's/SSD's, You will lose this performance-upholding application.

Driver Support: For whichever SSD You choose, learn to love all the Maker Support Forums on the manufacturer's website. Downloads/Updates will be availible for You, and some of the questions You may have may already been asked by another, giving You the answer before Your fingers do the walking.

If You are looking, I would stick to Intel, Mushkin, OCZ, and G.Skill SSD's. You can pick up most 60GB SSD's for $120, 80-90GB SSD's for $185, and 120GB SSD's for $230 US.

PS: Faster-is-Better Wasn't blowing smoke - I also suggest the linked Guide. Best of Luck. You will enjoy taking the plunge!
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Wow, thank you all for the quick responses. It was very helpful and I really appreciate it.
I don't quite understand the "lifetime" of a SSD, would it mean that after enough reboots or read/writes on the SSD, it would stop functioning?

I am currently looking at purchasing OCZ Vertex 2 Extended Sandforce 60GB, as some of you have recommended sandforce. My computer budget is around $1400, but obviously the more I can save, the better

@slickwilly
I am not yet able to provide specifications yet, will be building everything from scratch.
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