Hi all, quick question here. I want to purchase an SSD for gaming, mainly for Swtor and BF3 because the load times are a little longer than I desire. My question is, I only want to put games on the SSD and not the OS. Will this affect how well the games load on the SSD not having the OS also on the SSD? Also, I don't want the OS on the SSD because I have an oem version and I don't have an install disk to reinstall it. Also I don't want to transfer it over. My specs are core i7 oc'ed to 3.8, 12gigs ram, gtx 570, 1tb hdd. Thanks for any answers.
Yes, you can do that. Game Load times will be improved. Boot time and non game programes will not benifit from the SSD.
1) Don't sweat the "Benchmark" diff between the top rated SSDs, you will see a little real life diference between say the vertex III vs the crucial M4 and samsung 830 which have a higher reliability rating and a higher customer satisfaction.
2) You did not indicate MB - ie do you have Intel sata III or Sata II. If you have Marvel based Sata III controller on the MB you will have reduced performance.
2) The OEM version you have, If it is a windows 7 OEM disk you can use it to re-install windows.