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post #11 of 20
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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.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_Jz7IMwBt4 []

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

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currently anyone who has bought an SSD, has never had it die on them yet, even those crazy guys that bought the early 30GB SSD for 200 dollars
    
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Only one thing I have stumbled across in regards to the "lifetime" concern with SSD's. This is being very, very picky, and judging off Your budget, not even an option. However, a select few have complained a stunted performance when trying to move large volumes of compressed files from one OCZ RevoDrive to another.

Haven't heard of RevoDrives? Don't worry - I just had a friend the product on me last night. Crazy expensive, so not really Your cup of tea. For 95% of us, "lifetime" isn't a scary term.
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post #14 of 20
The SSD will outlive many of your computer builds (we're talking many decades) of normal use..while the performance will degrade with time, you can always restore it with a rewrite and reinstall of Windows. (just an example, the manufacturer's lifetime expectancy is 2 million hours for a Vertex 2 drive)
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post #15 of 20
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Great! Thanks a bunch for the great advice guys! The overall consensus seems to be in favor of an SSD, and I will go ahead and put that on my shopping list This saves me a lot of time from having to spend hours researching on google!

Time to move onto other hardware components...
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post #16 of 20
glad to see OCN helping the OP out!

I was in your situation not more than 6 months ago. I bought a 30GB SSD and fit windows and some other programs on it and still have 11 GB to spare. So in my opinion go with at least 64 GB.....since they don't really make 30GB anymore....
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Before You go all P67 on me, just a quick plug for G.Skill

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231398
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post #18 of 20
I think my SSD was one of my best upgrades as well...I use it as my boot drive for Windows 7 I have to games on it and a few other programs..As others have said get yourself a fast HDD for storage..There a few things that you have to do once you get it installed and this is a great guide to follow: http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/fo...mp-Utilities-* you will not be sorry that you spend a little extra money on one.
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currently anyone who has bought an SSD, has never had it die on them yet, even those crazy guys that bought the early 30GB SSD for 200 dollars
Not true. I've had 2 die and know of plenty of others that it has happened to. Please don't spread misinformation
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My first gen 60gb agility is still running strong. Slightly slower (4-10MB/s) but fast overall. That is nearly 2 years later as My primary drive. Win7, bfbc2, civ5, benchmarks, ect with about 10 gig open.

I paid 150 on a shellshocker. Why not look into a vertex 2 or c300? Both are great and picking up a 40-60gb for around $100 is great. A 100-120gb for about 240. Go for it if you can afford it

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