Upgrade from Velociraptor to SSD?

I have an 80GB Velociraptor as an OS drive right now. I saw that I could sell my velociraptor for ~$60-80 on ebay. I could buy a 60GB OCZ Agility SSD on Newegg for $170 AR. Would I see a noticeable improvement in load times for Windows and GTA IV? Would an SSD change the game experience at all?

Is this a good SSD that I'm looking at?
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  1. You'll definitely see faster load times, but once everything is loaded up the game probably won't run any faster. The exception would be if the game needs to access the disk, perhaps at a scene change or if you don't have enough RAM to fit everything into memory.
  2. Do you know of any benchmarks that compare load times of velociraptor drives and SSD's?

    Was the SSD that I linked above a good one? I thought about getting two 32GB Patriot PS-100 drives to put in RAID, they don't have TRIM. How important is TRIM? Which would you suggest is best?

  3. Remember the difference when you got the raptor?

    It will be way better with the SSD.
  4. All you need to see is this video and you will be a convinced.

  5. That's using a Raptor (85MB/s, 8ms) not a Velociraptor (105MB/s, 6ms), but it was a heck of a lot faster.

    So would I be better off with the single OCZ Agility or RAID 0 Patriot's? Patriots seems faster, but they don't have TRIM and are $30 more expensive.
  6. RAID 0 doesn't improve access time significantly, so two SSDs in RAID 0 (or any other RAID for that matter) aren't going do boots and loads much faster than one. If you're going for that kind of performance then go for the SSD that benchmarks best for random read I/Os.
  7. I know RAID 0 won't help the access times at all, but a higher transfer rate can't hurt. One review showed the Patriot drives getting 205MB/s and in RAID 0 380MB/s. That's a lot of transfer over the Agility.

    The first link below shows results of both SSD's. Do 4K transfers relate to access time somehow? The third link shows that the Agility has access times of 0.242-0.315ms. I couldn't find the Patriot's access time, but Newegg reviewers reported 0.9

    I've also just found the OCZ Solid 2 Series 60GB for $169 AR, but I can't find any reviews of it.

    PS-100: http://www.servethehome.com/?p=206
    PS-100 in RAID 0: http://www.servethehome.com/?p=219
    Agility: http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Hardware/Reviews/ocz_agility_60gb/6.html
    Solid 2 Series: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227475
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