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I've been seriously considering picking one up from Micro Center, as a matter of fact. I have beastly disk bandwidth, but with Windows access times are where it's at.
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I seen that the egg had 3 ssd listed as being on sale today. Out of my price range, and to be honest I wouldn't even know if it was a good deal or not lol!
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Much, much faster. Everything is instant with an SSD, it's wonderful.

It's the single best upgrade you can do to any semi modern PC, and I can assure you, as will pretty much anyone who owns one, once you have one as a boot drive, you'll never go back to a mechanical hard drive.
    
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I seen that the egg had 3 ssd listed as being on sale today. Out of my price range, and to be honest I wouldn't even know if it was a good deal or not lol!
Same here. I'm always afraid to jump the gun because I don't want to get buyers remorse after finding out I bought a piece of crap.

I'm trying to wait until SSDs are less than $1 per gig before I make the jump to them... that is, unless I decide to impulse buy.
 
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I'd just save all the money until you can afford everything. I did something like what you're planning (getting things one by one) and it's just problems. Also, getting all the stuff together will probably save you some money and leave you even more time to learn stuff about pcs that you maybe ignore now.
     
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Would buying one for just the OS still increase the overall speed of the computer (by quite a bit) even if you have programs on another drive (say a hdd)? I have just seen some of the smaller ones here for sale and they seems pretty reasonably priced (smaller ones meaning in that 20gb to 40gb range).
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SSD's have an access time that puts platter drives to shame (~.1ms), and normally doubles transfer rates in reading and writing. Completely silent, sips power and weighs next to nothing (can put anywhere in a case). Even on a P4 you'll notice a massive difference. Just use a HDD for storage and larger programs you don't feel need the large speed boost. 64Gb are fairly cheap (OCZ, Crucial, etc) make great drives, and provides more then enough room for an OS and a few programs.
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Depends on the performance you're looking for. If you want a blazing fast boot time and incredible load times and have a processor/memory that won't bottleneck it... You'll be happy with a SSD.

I originally had my Fallout: New Vegas on my SSD boot drive... But as my program list got larger I moved it to the storage drive with the rest of the non-boot programs...... HUGE DIFFERENCE in loading times, 2-5 seconds with the SSD vs. 15-20 on the HD (7200 RPM Hitachi with 32mb of cache)... Literally ZERO (most of the time) to maybe 2 seconds worth of loading when going through doors with the SSD vs. 3-10 seconds on the HD (load times varied depending on size of area). The change is almost unbearable, I'm too spoiled now, lol.

I don't even want to imagine boot times without it, as it is, I can FINALLY turn off my computer all the time because it only takes about 20 seconds to boot. The BIOS takes as long to post as the Windows does to load
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I'd just save all the money until you can afford everything. I did something like what you're planning (getting things one by one) and it's just problems. Also, getting all the stuff together will probably save you some money and leave you even more time to learn stuff about pcs that you maybe ignore now.
I thought about doing this but I have been trying to buy things now that I can use on my current rig that will carry over in the long run. I just got a new psu and wow, amazing how many extra plugs I now have but never the less the older one would have never handled a upgrade.

Like I said before I am trying to get everything used to keep the cost down so it would be kind of hard to wait and buy everything at once. If something seems like a great deal I just go ahead and pick it up. I am guessing this will take me several weeks or even a month to do but its something fun to do and learn a lot in the process.
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Would buying one for just the OS still increase the overall speed of the computer (by quite a bit) even if you have programs on another drive (say a hdd)? I have just seen some of the smaller ones here for sale and they seems pretty reasonably priced (smaller ones meaning in that 20gb to 40gb range).
20 to 40 gb is really too little. I'd get MINIMUM a 64gb Vertex 2. If you can't afford a decent SSD, then just don't buy it. You could maybe make a raid0 of 2 WD blacks or Samsung F3s instead.
     
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