Originally Posted by Phaedrus2129
Also, today's SSDs will be worthless this time next year. A mechanical keyboard will retain most of its value for a decade.
That's a bit of an exaggeration. Most good SSDs now will totally saturate a SATA2 connection.
The new generation of SATA3 SSDs has read speeds upwards of 400-500MB/s. Now they aren't completely saturating SATA3 yet, though 550MB/s is about the practical limit so we aren't far off.
I think we are going to see a shift towards higher capacities and lower prices with the next generation of drives (i.e. Intel 4G etc.) rather than such focus on performance now that we are at this level of performance. That's not to say we aren't going to see improvements but when you're at this level of performance, saturating the SATA3 bus is not going to show significant benefits in real-world usage rather than benchmarks compared to the current drives.
That said, if you don't do a lot of multitasking and don't care about load times in games for example, it can be hard to justify the cost of an SSD. On a gaming system, while it can help improve loads, once you're in a game it probably doesn't matter quite so much. On a general workstation where you're doing a lot of things at once, an SSD is a huge benefit. Personally I think adding an SSD makes a huge difference to a system's overall responsiveness, but that's based on my usage patterns. For some people buying an SSD won't make nearly as much of a difference.
I would certainly prefer to get an SSD rather than a new keyboard, but that's not to say there isn't any value in getting yourself a nice mechanical keyboard either.