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I'm thinking about picking one of these up within the next month of so. But I don't know if it's worth the cost and time to setup right. I'll be dual booting Win 7 and Linux. At the moment I have mi 1TB machine set up like so:

200 GB for Windows 7
50 GB for Linux
8 GB Swap drive
The rest is allocated for media and what not.

So do you think I'd be able to partition the SSD two ways between Win7 and Linux? And then have each OS pull from a partition on the 1TB drive?

And how much trouble would this be? I learned my lesson in the past though.....I WILL BACK EVERYTHING UP PRIOR TO TRYING ANY OF THS!!!!

But is it worth the $$$ and Time?

I do gaming, media streaming and on-the-fly encoding, and music production.
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i think getting an SSD over any typical 5400, 7200, 10000 or 15000 rpm drive is worth it, SSD is faster, produce less heat and have less of a tendancy to fail.

They load the OS faster, 50% faster in most cases, they load games or apps faster.

You have to think about 1 thing, the typical RPM spinning disk drive is the last mechanical part in a PC, if you can remove that with a SSD you remove a major heat producing component and really the #1 thing slowing down any PC with that type of drive,my new PC will be finished this week and it will be completely SSD.
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I personally don't think it was a game changer. It was however a Windows changer.

I have not really noticed any increase in game speed or loading times whether the game was on the SSD or not. I have however noticed that Windows runs a hell of a lot smoother and boots faster on an SSD. I would recommend one for that very reason.
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i think getting an SSD over any typical 5400, 7200, 10000 or 15000 rpm drive is worth it, SSD is faster, produce less heat and have less of a tendancy to fail.

They load the OS faster, 50% faster in most cases, they load games or apps faster.

You have to think about 1 thing, the typical RPM spinning disk drive is the last mechanical part in a PC, if you can remove that with a SSD you remove a major heat producing component and really the #1 thing slowing down any PC with that type of drive,my new PC will be finished this week and it will be completely SSD.
So how would this affect retrieving data from my mass storage device? Like a 3gb sata HDD at 7200? Or a USB External HDD? Wouldn't pulling from those drives slow down the overall process of getting an app to run faster? If the app data is in fact on the regular hard drives?

For what I do I need lots of hard drive space and buying a few of those SSD to equal 1TB isn't cost effective.

So, obviously I am missing something here. School this newb pls.
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I personally don't think it was a game changer. It was however a Windows changer.

I have not really noticed any increase in game speed or loading times whether the game was on the SSD or not. I have however noticed that Windows runs a hell of a lot smoother and boots faster on an SSD. I would recommend one for that very reason.

Games do not benefit from an SSD.



But the OS sure does and most if not all applications will load by the time your finger is done clicking.
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No, save your money, imo.
    
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I should have chosen to use a different heading like, "Will SSD make my computer faster" or something. I didn't mean game changer in the sense of an actual game. I meant game changer like "the whole aspect" type of thing. Like would it change the way I viewed a whole computer operation. LOL!
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I think most people are somewhat underwhelmed when upgrading to SSD's. I think it is because of preconceived expectations of performance. Switching back to mechanical drives is when you really appreciate what SSD's can do.
    
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I should have chosen to use a different heading like, "Will SSD make my computer faster" or something. I didn't mean game changer in the sense of an actual game. I meant game changer like "the whole aspect" type of thing. Like would it change the way I viewed a whole computer operation. LOL!
Yes it will.

I never bought into the hype at first, I just couldn't imagine how much of a performance gain it would bring in terms of boot up. Then my jaw hit the floor when I installed it.

I don't recommend buying anything over 60GB. It's mainly an OS only drive, and then simply store your data on mechanical drives.
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if i'm not mistaken, loading data off the 3tb of storage space would depend on the speed of that drive, the SSD would only be able to influence the OS and anything installed on it, obviously any apps or files on the 3tb would load at the speed of that drive.

In your case if you must have that much space then find out what you would need only for windows and linux and get a drive for the size you need, it would load the 2 OS's faster and they would run smoother, any apps internal to windows would load faster but the rest you have on the 3tb would not load faster.

i will have a 256gb Crucial c300 in my new PC to begin with.
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