I've been considering getting an SSD for my desktop machine. I have plenty of storage space on other drives, so this SSD would only need to be around 128GB (or maybe the next size up) which should be enough as I'm currently running my system off a 150Gb partition.
My intention is to get an SSD that will improve game load times and system boot-up time.
My question is basically is now a good time to buy? I'm not in any rush and if the prices are likely to drop substantially in the next 4 months (which is my suspicion since it's still newer tech) or so I'm willing to wait.
If this is the case what would be a good price to buy at? I know people talk about the $1/Gb pricepoint, but how quickly do you think we'll get there?
For games I find I need more space. At 64 gb it'll probably mean swapping games out when I'm no longer playing them, which I'd rather not do in case I'd like to go back to them, or in the case of Steam games would require re-downloading.
So I think 128Gb would be what I would need.
What is a good price for a 128GB ssd these days? and what has the price trend been like?
True... I suppose only load times.
I never considered installing them on anything but my system drive. Formatting and re-installing windows would also involve manually deleting the game folders (on another hard drive) and re-installing no?
Would you install other programs to other locations in that case as well rather than the default C:\Program Files?
You can install the programs in any location that you want, even Office can be installed in a different partition of boot partition.
Regarding the games and applications, yeah, when you do a clean installation you need re-install both, games and applications. Just make you sure that you do a backup of your files and profile's player before the clean installation, that's will save you the process and configuration of the game.
One thing that happends on my Win 7 box at home - my kid has a lot of games installed (thanks Steam!!) and the WinSxS directory (holds dlls) is huge. I have windows & a few apps on C, most of the apps on D, but my C drive is near 60GB now.
Personally I use a OCZ 60GB Vertex 2 series SSD for my OS.
I also use a Intel X-25 series SSD for games (Arma II, Arma II OA, HOI3, Vic2).
Indeed only 100 gigs of storage on a desktop may not seem like much.
But it is very easy to maintain and keep nice and snappy.