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SSD in older SATA (1.5) Mobo?

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March 29, 2009 6:33:07 PM

Hi Guys,

I am looking to upgrade, and not about to build an entirely new system, but rather upgrade parts.
I have an older socket 939 motherboard, and it only has SATA I ports, and my question is whether a SSD upgrade would make sense. I, like many others, will be waiting for Windows 7, and my system would be for a fast-browsing, light-gaming, regular-duty PC:

Ultra Wizard Mid-Tower case
DFI RS482 Infinity (Skt 939)
AMD Opteron 146 (single-core)
Corsair XMS2048C2PT (2GB) x 2
AMD Radeon 3450 (512MB).

I was intrigued by the OCZ Vertex, and it seems reliable enough, but I'm thinking that the fast read speeds and random reads (for OS boot-up) would be nulified by the older SATA? My Mobo's PCI Express x1 slot is blocked by the graphic card, and PCI cards for SATA II seems pointless...

Correct me if I'm wrong, but since I wouldn't play Crysis-type of high-graphic games, a single-core CPU could be enough to handle a SSD/Win 7?

** I am on a budget enough to get a SSD once price lowers, but not enough to get wholly newer parts.

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a b G Storage
March 29, 2009 6:43:36 PM

You really would not benefit from a SSD. You are better off getting a Dual Core CPU and a new motherboard(AM2/AM2+) for the sake of multi tasking/ future proofing (Win 7 really needs a Dual Core to run well.
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March 30, 2009 5:02:35 AM

rangers said:
the hole point of windows 7 is it does not take much to run
and look at this http://www.anandtech.com/storage/showdoc.aspx?i=3531&p=...
you see it halves boot times


Thanks for that. I have read that as well, but I also have read from John Dvorak (PC World, I believe it was?) that the final version of Win 7 wouldn't be as fast as the beta because of the addes codes and applications.

Some on this forum have mentioned that needing a dual-core CPU and such was more a marketing hype-- again, I don't need to game that much...thoughts?
a b G Storage
March 30, 2009 12:49:54 PM

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Thanks for that. I have read that as well, but I also have read from John Dvorak (PC World, I believe it was?) that the final version of Win 7 wouldn't be as fast as the beta because of the addes codes and applications.

Yes. It will be slower. Bur seriously tough, the price vs. performance of getting a SSD for a system like this is not worth it. SSD make sense in a high end build/server/workstation/gaming (not so much in games, just faster loads)etc.

You really are probably going to be better off ( in terms of price vs performence gain) with a Dual Core than a Single core running Win 7.

The Vertex is a $108
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(Btw, OP read this: http://www.anandtech.com/storage/showdoc.aspx?i=3535 , esp. about the compatibility issues)

Decent 740G board:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$55

X2 7750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$65

Total: $120.

Imo, much better overall performance than a SSD.
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