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So, I've heard of this thing called an "SSD." I am not specifically looking into particular products and I'm not quite in the buying market, but I do have to ask a burning question: is it worth it to upgrade? I have a Raid5 system right now and it is quite fast, just... I am at the point where I should update my drives as 2 of them have been in use for many years now.

Is it worth it to update my drives in my raid or get a single SSD? If I did, I would need a 256GB to survive with my software installs.

Thoughts?
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If I were in your shoes, I would not go with a single large SSD. I'd rather double, or quadruple my storage capacity with some WD Blacks or Samsung F3's for cheaper.

I wouldn't buy an SSD until it is roughly 50 cents on a gigabyte, personally, or less - closer to 25 cents. But that's just my opinion! Do with it what you will!
    
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If I were in your shoes, I would not go with a single large SSD. I'd rather double, or quadruple my storage capacity with some WD Blacks or Samsung F3's for cheaper.

I wouldn't buy an SSD until it is roughly 50 cents on a gigabyte, personally, or less - closer to 25 cents. But that's just my opinion! Do with it what you will!
Yeah, I can completely agree with you on that. I have enough personal storage space and will be purchasing more for backups on the network. The SSD quandary is merely for an OS drive and not necessarily that important to have a large drive for.

I do agree that yes, per GB the storage is expensive. It was like that way back 10 ish years ago too. I can remember paying $120 for a 40GB IDE drive. The same is now and it is no different that the past.
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But on the other hand you can't deny the speed increases that come with SSD drives, even the boot can be over 50% faster.

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I will agree, the boot and load times are significantly faster. What other justifications or improvements come with an SSD? Also, how easy is it to migrate a windows install to an SSD (I know how to do the migration, I'm just worried about making it work on the SSD).
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I will agree, the boot and load times are significantly faster. What other justifications or improvements come with an SSD? Also, how easy is it to migrate a windows install to an SSD (I know how to do the migration, I'm just worried about making it work on the SSD).
Do you mean migrate as in make an image of your current install, copying your drive exactly as it is? Or something along those lines?

I wouldn't do that. Unless (for whatever reason) it really is that difficult for you to do a fresh install, I would do a fresh install. A clean install would just generally clean up your PC, and you can be more sure that there wouldn't be any problems with the transition.

Also if you do any gaming (and judging by that GTX 580, you do), then you should get better load times in games when using an SSD.
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Do you mean migrate as in make an image of your current install, copying your drive exactly as it is? Or something along those lines?

I wouldn't do that. Unless (for whatever reason) it really is that difficult for you to do a fresh install, I would do a fresh install. A clean install would just generally clean up your PC, and you can be more sure that there wouldn't be any problems with the transition.

Also if you do any gaming (and judging by that GTX 580, you do), then you should get better load times in games when using an SSD.
Yeah, that's what I thought. I'm thinking about moving to bulldozer when it comes out and an SSD would certainly speed up the system.

By image, I mean move the OS to another drive and using Windows 7's built in restore options, restore it to where I am right now. I only asked because I am not sure how different or if anything is special that needs to be done with the SSD in Windows. I know I can migrate, I just want make sure nothing funky happens.
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I wouldnt exactly classify SSD's as "the best, most noticeable upgrade"
Windows boots quicker, and as long as you dont have a gazillion startup applications, a Black or a F1 isnt exactly slow in this respect either. I guess it could be nice when im cramped on time for class and my system boots and moves id be thankful, but worth 100$+?

Im thinking of selling mine :/
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I can boot in 3 seconds, just throwing that out there to help you with your decision.
    
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So, I've heard of this thing called an "SSD." I am not specifically looking into particular products and I'm not quite in the buying market, but I do have to ask a burning question: is it worth it to upgrade? I have a Raid5 system right now and it is quite fast, just... I am at the point where I should update my drives as 2 of them have been in use for many years now.

Is it worth it to update my drives in my raid or get a single SSD? If I did, I would need a 256GB to survive with my software installs.

Thoughts?


An SSD is the single best, ain't no denying, upgrade you can purchase for your PC. I'd buy single 64GB Crucial or 80 Intel as an OS boot
    
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