Vertex 2: 60GB or 90GB or 120GB

Any difference in these besides size?

I haven't used Windows 7 yet so I'm just wondering about the tendency of Windows to store stuff on the 'C' partition. Will the drive get filled up quickly or is 60GB enough?

I know, it depends on what you install. Well, I won't install games or collections of games or anything like that so it should be enough? I suppose it would be typical software, Adobe, Office, extra browsers besides Firefox and IE such as Chrome and Opera.... VLC, Malware Bytes, Antivira or Avast(?) or I'll use MSE, Nero, Google Earth.... shouldn't be a lot more than that and even if there's a few others, that shouldn't go over 40GB, right?

Is a 60GB enough then?

Do people buy the 90GB and 120GB SSDs to store games on? Is that the main reason? I can't think of anything else that would fill up your drive. Can you? I will store documents, video files, movies etc. etc. on a legacy HDD, probably 1TB or 2TB 'Green' drive in an enclosure. So, no data or files will be on the SSD or if it ever is, it would be temporary and moved to the storage drives.

I'm just wondering if/when installing software, whether that will fill up past 40GB or not. I am not sure whether I'd have essential software go past that - I can't think of various software that would be bloated or enough programs that would take it past 40GB but you never know. I just don't want to be 'peeved' at some point with a SSD that gets full and you're wishing you spent the extra $$ to gain 30GB more. However, at the same time, if the drive sits at 30GB to 40GB and that's good enough (having 20GB to spare?), then obviously you didn't need the extra capacity.

I won't dual boot on this drive, btw. I think it's too small for that. I do use Linux but my plan was to use two drives for this, whether it's two SSDs or one SSD for Windows 7 and a HDD for Linux.

I believe that SSD compatibility in Linux hasn't quite matured yet so I thought I'd wait a bit before having a Linux system on a SSD at this time. However, I do read of Linux users with Linux installed on SSDs. When I'm ready to experiment with that, I'd probably buy a newer SSD and go to town then! :)

Can anyone comment on space requirements for Windows 7 and what you know about software/programs on Windows 7? I have had Windows XP for quite a while and I always go to 20GB or more. I usually run out of space because I never make my partitions big enough although I dual boot. ;)

I will appreciate any answers and opinions on this. I just want to have a good idea of what to expect and likely, someone will say something I haven't thought of yet and it will help!

The worst negative is the price so this is assuming I can find the money! lol! I hope the speed increase is worth it! it's tought to justify the price/cost when $/GB isn't the greatest!

Thanks for reading and for any answers/comments!
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  1. well , i think a 60GB should be enough with windows 7 + all those programs u will use, u will have like 40GB free for whatever u want
    i think 60GB is enough just to put there the games u play most (online) solo players games i think it doesnt matter if u use them on your normal harddrive

    i will buy one, just to put on them Starcraft2, COD BlackOps, UT2004 and maybe some other games that doesn take to much space.
  2. bigger the drive the better the performance... so get the biggest.

    I just got the 120gig for 205$ from tigerdirect.
  3. Well, I might still dual boot if I'm not dedicating two respective computers to two different operating systems. I was thinking of building a 2nd one, though, which would make the dual boot redundant. But, if I'm still dual booting, the SSD would make the boot up of Windows 7 much faster!

    As of right now, the 60GB and 90GB seem like the best deals for the money! The 120GB is still over $200 so I'd go for one of the smaller drives, I think.

    Thanks for the feedback on what Windows 7 usually has stored capacity wise. That's good to know. I think if I even used any games, I would just have one installed at a time and then it's only taking up a bit of space and maybe even only temporarily?

    If it's really 40GB free, that sounds good and a 60GB SSD may be good enough so more affordable, at any rate!
  4. I have another question!:
    Is there any difference with choice of mobo? Is there a performance difference with P35 v.s. P45 motherboards? I understand there might be cpu overclocking differences based on the chipset?

    The motherboards are Gigabyte P35 EP35-DS3R and Asus P5Q P45. I acquired the P45 mobo so I figure I should use the SSD for the P45 mobo and regular HDDs for the P35?
  5. That sounds good. Now, I have to decide whether I should also buy another cpu to complete the other computer or sell one of the motherboards. It is nice to have the extra computer (as backup and to experiment - also could be a HTPC or server or something?).

    The P45 mobo can be my main computer if the mobo works! I haven't tested it yet. I'm not planning a new complete build (of newer architecture) any time soon so I was wondering whether there would be a performance hit with the older architecture compared to, say, 1156 or 1366. Sounds like it would e fine, though. I'd rather invest new build money towards a new laptop! A cpu for a 2nd system and a SSD sounds like acceptable investments, though, to establish a 2nd computer system and upgrade current components to make the current computer faster!

    Thanks for the answers, man! If there's any further info or comments, I do thank ya again! :)
  6. As to the ssd size, etc. Why not wait a couple of months? The next generation of ssd is poised for release early next year.
  7. how long is soon ???? like january ?
  8. i think SSD are too costly right now
  9. Yeah.. I don't mind getting another SSD when the technology is better and building a new rig with a sandy intel chip mobo... when they come out after CES
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