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Need help buying an SSD

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March 2, 2012 9:55:34 PM

Hello everyone,
I am ready to take the plunge into the SSD world. My laptop specs are as followed:

Operating System
MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
CPU
Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo T9600 @ 2.80GHz 39 °C
Penryn 45nm Technology
RAM
8.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 399MHz (6-6-6-18)
Motherboard
Dell Inc. 0X574R (Microprocessor) 45 °C
Graphics
Generic PnP Monitor (1440x900@60Hz)
256MB Quadro NVS 160M (Dell) 54 °C
Hard Drives
156GB Seagate ST9160418ASG (SATA) 37 °C
Optical Drives
HL-DT-ST DVD+-RW GU10N
Audio
IDT High Definition Audio CODEC

My Windows install uses 29GB after putting in my files and programs.

I don't know whether to get 80GB, 120GB, 256GB SSD. Brand?

I'm not sure if my laptop has SATA or SATA II (Dell E6400)

All I really do is web browse, but I occasionally play a game or two, and record me playing video games. Will I see substantial speed increase?

Thanks a bundle

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March 2, 2012 11:51:40 PM

well im not %100 on this but if you do you should definitely see an increase going from a hdd to ssd, ssd's are alot smaller in memery space but are definitely the way to go if you want to increase speed, most people place there os (operating system) on the ssd along with a few games and keep another hdd for there storage
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March 3, 2012 12:20:05 AM

braxeo said:
well im not %100 on this but if you do you should definitely see an increase going from a hdd to ssd, ssd's are alot smaller in memery space but are definitely the way to go if you want to increase speed, most people place there os (operating system) on the ssd along with a few games and keep another hdd for there storage


This is all very true from what I have read, but my playing of games is little to none. All I do is mostly use the web browser "Google Chrome".
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March 3, 2012 12:41:29 AM

then i'd suggest only getting a small one if your going to get one, they will make the boot up alot quicker and if you install Google Chrome onto the ssd then it should run a fair bit faster, though with google chrome it'll also concern how good your internet it, if its bad internet or slow connection then it wont help as much
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March 3, 2012 6:55:19 AM

You should be fine with an 80-90 GB SSD, although you may want to go with a 120 GB drive as they currently have the best price per GB.

Don't worry about what speed SATA you have, all newer SATA III drives are backwards compatible. I would consider pricing the SATA II drives. No need to spend extra money on SATA III unless you plan to upgrade your laptop soon.
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