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July 9, 2013 7:52:37 AM

This is my specs

GPU: GTX 680
CPU: i7 3930k
RAM: 16gb

I'm looking for an SSD, and I was wondering when I place the SSD in my pc will I need to reinstall my computer or can I just put it in and leave it?

Is a soundcard worth it for some 2.1 high quality speakers? (Bose Companion 2 Series II)
How much will my sound be improved 1/10?
Do I need to reinstall my PC ?
THANKS!<3

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July 9, 2013 8:02:04 AM

Most people install an SSD so they can use it as the primary OS device. Your OS is probably installed on a traditional HD so you have two options. Reinstall Windows on the SSD or use a utility to clone the HD onto the SSD. SSD manufacturers include a utility that does this. I personally haven't used this utility. I did a fresh OS install when I built my PC. As for sound card, I think audio chipsets are sufficient on modern motherboards. I use to use SoundBlaster sound cards back in the 90's but don't anymore.
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July 9, 2013 8:11:29 AM

A SSD is similar to a HDD. Installing it is the same way. So if you put in an empty HDD, you get an empty HDD. Similar to a SSD. Nothing special there. So you must fill it with something if you plan to use it.

As for sound cards, the only way it will improve your sound quality or experience is if you have high-end good speakers or a very good set of headphones. If you have neither one of those, then a sound card will not help because you won't be able to hear the difference.
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July 9, 2013 8:32:26 AM

Samsung 840pro i would recommend, they are quite popular. Own a 512GB and love it.

I also followed this ssd guide for tips and knowledge to identify the differences and how to properly setup an ssd and what to be aware of; http://thessdreview.com/ssd-guides/optimization-guides/... Read the guide and make sure bios is set to AHCI first before installing operating system for best performance.

SSD is slightly different to your traditional hdd, so take note of the differences and read through the guide for the do's and dont's. Also it will be easier to just reinstall Windows.

Remember, the ways of defragging are gone with an ssd. For Hdd it was to reorganize platters for best performance, but for ssd's its nano flash so defrag is known to do more harm than good.

For your sound, onboard sound and equalizer software they come with is pretty good. The only negative about onboard sound is the oomph. Compared to a sound card the onboard lacks any serious amplification. Its fine if you connect onboard sound to a good set of speakers or an av receiver you can marry headphones with but you'll be wanting more volume with just headphones.

PS. When you get the ssd, dont be surprised of how tiny they are and how to install it! If your case didnt come with a cradle/bracket, can always use double sided tape or velrco. No moving parts, can put anywhere.

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July 9, 2013 8:58:48 AM

ksham said:
A SSD is similar to a HDD. Installing it is the same way. So if you put in an empty HDD, you get an empty HDD. Similar to a SSD. Nothing special there. So you must fill it with something if you plan to use it.

As for sound cards, the only way it will improve your sound quality or experience is if you have high-end good speakers or a very good set of headphones. If you have neither one of those, then a sound card will not help because you won't be able to hear the difference.


So if I just connect it to my pc, it will work like a charm? So i don't have to reinstall my pc or boot whatever? :) 

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July 9, 2013 9:02:59 AM

if you just connect it no, nothing special included, no software to make it work. You may need to format it using windows manager if its not accessible for backup storage device.

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July 9, 2013 11:28:13 AM

nicolai said:
So if I just connect it to my pc, it will work like a charm? So i don't have to reinstall my pc or boot whatever? :) 

Correct. But if you do not wish to re-install everything, then it is recommended that you clone your primary partition to the SSD. But before you do that, please take into account the size of your partition. Obviously, if it is larger than your SSD, then cloning won't work.

There are ways to manage your SSD if you care to learn about it. But outside of that, there is no magic to a SSD.
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