Is getting an SSD truly one of the best upgrades to a PC?
I've seen numerous people saying that getting an SSD is the best decision they have ever made, and how it is one of, if not the best upgrade you can get for a computer. I remain skeptical. Boot times are quicker, file transfers are quicker, load times are quicker and so on, but for someone like me, who is in no hurry, and is quite patient, I really don't think an SSD justifies the price. Are there any other advantages, and am I underestimating the speeds and capabilities? I would like some other opinions on this.
An SSD will have a huge impact on loading times for programs/games, reading/writing and so on. However you won't be looking at an performance increase in games.
SSD's will affect loading times but a 7200rpm HDD will just fine for browsing, starting up applications.
I'm using a 5400RPM 2TB HDD which works just fine, i spend my time playing graphic intensive games, browsing and sometimes working with smaller documents. It works just fine and i'm not planning on getting an SSD as i want them to go down in price a little more. In my opinion i can deal with bootup times as it only takes around 40 seconds.
For me, I wouldn't build one without one. It makes the whole PC snappier. Even beyond simple boot time.
Opening an application? Zero. Opening a semi-complex Excel file? Zero. That exact same file on my workstation at work is a several seconds. At home on the SSD....Open before my finger stops moving from the click.
Reliability. No moving parts. Silence. Less heat.
... but for someone like me, who is in no hurry, and is quite patient, I really don't think an SSD justifies the price.
I have done pretty much every and any upgrade possible to a tone on PCs and Mac over 20 years and I've never seen an upgrade improve performance like the way an SSD does. If you are in no hurry and are patient as you mention, it may be that no upgrade is really necessary.
But to answer your question directly, is it truly the best upgrade? I would say yes.
I wasn't sure it was worth it, but I did buy one a year or more ago, and after about seven months it failed and I had to send it back to the manufacturer to be replaced. Fortunately I had a full image backup made about two months prior to the failure (I store all my data files on my home server, so almost nothing was lost from my workstation in those two months). I restored the backup image to a 500 GB Western Digital drive while waiting for the replacement SSD.
Those 12 days were some of the worst in my life! I did not realize how much I had gotten used to 25 second boot-to-the-desktop times -- now I was waiting three minutes to be able to use the PC! It was so painful that I will never go back.
Since you're used to your current boot and load times and are satisfied with them, save the money and forget the SSD. But I'll warn you, if you ever do take the plunge and buy an SSD, you won't want to go back, ever. You will be spoiled.
thesuperguy said:Tough decisions... I have the choice to either get an SSD or a really nice gaming mouse to replace this several year old piece of junk... What to do...
Comfort should be a priority for you, if you feel uncomfortable using your current mouse, switch it out for something that's worth the money. Since you are fine waiting just a few seconds for programs to load, you could wait and get an SSD later.