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August 28, 2013 3:10:07 PM

I have a quick question. I am on a really tight budget right now. I would really like to have a 120GB ssd as a boot drive, but question is this. I do mainly like graphics and play with programs like blender 3d (gimp for photo stuff's) etc..I go back and forth as to whether a ssd boot drive would help alot, short of boot time. A minute or so to boot won't kill me and at my age i've gotten over the fear of growng old anyhow (I think my grey hair is more due to women then computer boot time). If I went with a standard 1TB boot and a 2TB dump would I die of a heart attack waiting for a bake cycle on blender 3d. Would a SSD help in that area anyway? Or is mainly cpu power and ram?. I am a novice and just learning and having fun with it. Here is my build:

cpu: i7-3770k
mobo: asrock extreme6 z77
gpu: evga 760 4GB ftw
ram: 16 GB.
and the regular dvd-rw etc
blu-ray player, nothing fancy.

Thanks for any advice

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a c 865 G Storage
August 28, 2013 3:19:11 PM

An SSD is not only 'speed'. And really not just 'boot time'.

The OS and many applications live on the SSD. So boot, and then beyond that, opening and running applications that live on the SSD benefit. I have two. OS and applications on one, working docs on the other. OPening a medium complexity Excel file is near instantaneous. It is open almost before my finger stops moving from the click.
I also do a lot of graphics stuff. Lightroom, PaintShop Pro, some Rhino3D, etc.

But also...reliability. An SSD has no moving parts. The current crop of consumer grade SSD's will probably give 10-15 years service. Few daily use spinning hard drives will see 15 years of life.

I would not build another main use PC without one.

(and age is but a number)
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a b G Storage
August 28, 2013 3:20:28 PM

An SSD won't do much for the "baking" or rendering process as that is mostly CPU dependent and/or GPU if your application supports hardware acceleration. You will see the most improvement in opening files\filters\layers.
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August 28, 2013 3:31:19 PM

USAFRet said:
An SSD is not only 'speed'. And really not just 'boot time'.

The OS and many applications live on the SSD. So boot, and then beyond that, opening and running applications that live on the SSD benefit. I have two. OS and applications on one, working docs on the other. OPening a medium complexity Excel file is near instantaneous. It is open almost before my finger stops moving from the click.
I also do a lot of graphics stuff. Lightroom, PaintShop Pro, some Rhino3D, etc.

But also...reliability. An SSD has no moving parts. The current crop of consumer grade SSD's will probably give 10-15 years service. Few daily use spinning hard drives will see 15 years of life.

I would not build another main use PC without one.

(and age is but a number)


Alrighty then, an ssd it will be. I know my build seems more like a gaming rig but at the price of quadro cards and extreme processors it'll have to do, for now anyway. Would the 250-256 GB SSD with a hdd dunp work alright? Untill prices drop a little I could just use external back up for now.

Thanks both of you for the imput.
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a b G Storage
August 28, 2013 3:39:18 PM

That would be a nice SSD for that machine.... and you already have the 16GB RAM to keep your SSD well groomed and fed =)
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a c 122 G Storage
August 28, 2013 3:45:21 PM

Here's some actual testing ..... same box

Boot time on 7200 rpm Barracuda XT - 21.2 seconds
Boot time on 7200 rpm Momentus XT Hybrid SSHD - 16.4 seconds
Boot Time on Tier 1 SSD - 15.6 seconds

SSDs can be pretty impressive if ya click to do something and then ya stare at screen and wait for something to happen. You'd be real hard pressed to make an argument for increased productivity and a "return on investment" by purchasing SSDs in an office environment tho.

I walk in office, open lappie, hit power button and head to coffee pot .... I'm back at my desk within 60 seconds so boot times of 10, 20, 30 seconds is immaterial.

If I prepared a contract and just received back handwritten comments, I open the WP file.... does it matter if it takes 0.1, 0.2 or even 5 seconds to open ? My eyes are reviewing the comments, not looking at the screen. In any case, that file's not likely stored on ya SSD...more likely on ya HD if not network storage.

I'm an AutoCAD user and I see no perceivable difference between the box w/ 128 GB SSD and a 7200 rpm HD ..... the other has a 7200 rpm SSHD (hybrid)..... most drawings open in less than a second and my biggest ones in < 2 .... I simply can't perceive the difference in speed between the two boxes.

Now I'm a geek so I will still build boxes with SSDs and HDs.... I have just given up trying to justify it with "productivity improvements" :)  Video heads are probably the largest group that will have an easy time doing that. The fact is, fr me, I can't input data to the machine as fast as it processes it.
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a b G Storage
August 28, 2013 3:54:02 PM

I haven't been able to justify one for my own use at those prices, yet. I've done a few builds for end users who swear by them though.
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