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May 28, 2014 9:44:41 AM

is it worth buying an ssd and what does it do better than loading levels faster opening faster and booting faster (im a gamer) :) 

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May 28, 2014 9:48:03 AM

You pretty much nailed it. It increases the overall responsiveness of your PC. Faster opening and closing of applications and games, faster loading times, faster start up times, and faster read/write times. It's well worth it, if you've never used a PC with one before, once you do, you'll never want to go back to a standard hard drive.
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May 28, 2014 9:51:05 AM

enemy1g said:
You pretty much nailed it. It increases the overall responsiveness of your PC. Faster opening and closing of applications and games, faster loading times, faster start up times, and faster read/write times. It's well worth it, if you've never used a PC with one before, once you do, you'll never want to go back to a standard hard drive.


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May 28, 2014 9:53:38 AM

Hi -
I've only good things to say about my SSD setup. I have the OS and some programs loaded on one SSD and the swap space, additional programs, and log files on another.

Having an SSD in place makes your entire system feel more responsive, programs load faster, and of course boot time is *much* better, even on my old SATA-II interfaces.

Things that it doesn't seem to impact (and I wouldn't expect it to) is any network access - like when your game starts and tags Steam (or other on-line platform) for verification, saved games, active game play where you're not accessing the HD, etc.

Personally, I will include an SSD on all of my future builds. However, the question of whether your *NEED* an SSD is kinda up to you.

The family really liked the impact when I re-built with the SSD some months ago.

Hope this helps.
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May 28, 2014 10:11:22 AM

The only brands I have experience with is Corsair (Force GT? I don't remember, it was my first SSD), and Samsung. I'm going to heavily recommend Samsung, they're reliable, they produce some of the fastest consumer grade SSDs, and they're fairly cheap in comparison to other SSDs.
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May 28, 2014 12:59:46 PM

I've had good experience w/ Samsung as well. The console software that comes with it is intuitive and informative.

That said, I also have an older Crucial that works just fine on one of my machines, and I used a SANDISK as an SRT (hard disk cache) on a build I did for my parents.

Samsung also has software that lets you use the SSD as a front-end cache for your HD, if you're looking to get some of the benefits of an SSD without a full re-install. But if you can manage the re-installation, then loading the OS on the SSD is the way to go.

Also you'll probably need to do some additional tuning and tweaking to get the full benefit from it. You'll have to turn off some of the Windows services that attempt to "speed up" your HD, as these are not needed when you're running an SSD.

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