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June 14, 2012 12:20:10 PM

I know there are a lot of nice features for SSDs, and I would love to get one, but I am at the edge of my budget on my current build and making some tough choices. I am wondering if I will see any real difference in games besides load times? Is it going to have any affect on FPS?

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June 14, 2012 1:29:18 PM
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In all sincerity, it's not a must have for gaming. It will slightly increase your load times in some games but it will not affect your FPS.

I still would recommend the SSD for the day to day benefits - file access, boot time, overall speedy feel your computer will attain. I switched and I have no regrets despite it not affecting my actual game experience that much.

Wait for the Samsung 830s or the Intel 520s to go on sale if you have SATAIII ports on your motherboard. They're the cats pajamas when it comes to SSDs - fast and reliable
June 14, 2012 2:32:58 PM

I think I will just go with an HDD for now, and wait to see if I can catch a great deal on black Friday or cyber Monday, Maybe a shell shocker between now and then. If I went with one right now it would have to be a 60 gig anyway, and I'm not sure thats worth it, especially since its that or a 500 gig HDD, my only other being a 250 gig HDD I am bringing in from another system.
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June 14, 2012 2:34:23 PM

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June 14, 2012 3:59:45 PM

Personally, I was never dissatisfied with HDD speeds enough to spent the bucks for an SSD. Having said that, about 6 months ago I bought an M4 x 256GB and have loved it. It is faster though not what I was expecting from reading reviews, but my reason for buying it is reliability. With no moving parts and the inherent ruggedness they simply must be an improvement over HDDs.
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June 14, 2012 8:02:31 PM

nightshift23 said:
I think I will just go with an HDD for now, and wait to see if I can catch a great deal on black Friday or cyber Monday, Maybe a shell shocker between now and then. If I went with one right now it would have to be a 60 gig anyway, and I'm not sure thats worth it, especially since its that or a 500 gig HDD, my only other being a 250 gig HDD I am bringing in from another system.


They have killer deals all the time on newegg - I saw the 128GB Samsung 830 on sale for $90 on Monday. Just keep your eyes peeled whenever they do shell shocker or promo emails and you'll find a price you're willing to pay. Crucial's M4s are also very reliable and have pretty good read speeds - I have these running on several laptops (including my work laptop) and it's been bulletproof as far as compatibility. They also are frequently on sale. I would recommend springing for the 830 or 520 depending on which one you can find for a better deal and as you said, it's not something you have to do right away. Best of luck!
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June 14, 2012 8:22:15 PM

Why not try and get a lil bit of the "best of both worlds" and get a hybrid. The Seagate Moments loads Windows just 1 second slower (17 vs 16) than an SSD but has 750 GB. The older 32 MB cache version can be had for $80 while the 64 MB cache version is $150

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If ya get the SSD, flash does "wear out" so look for units with toshiba premium toggle mode flash which lasts about 3 times what is sued in most consumer SSD's. Nothing can touch the Mushkin Chronos Deluxe in price, tho Vertex 3 and Patriot Wildfire can match it's performance and flash longevity

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4328/mushkin_chronos_d...

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4328/mushkin_chronos_d...
January 16, 2013 12:36:41 AM

what is a better compenent ..

250 GB SAMSUNG 840 Series SATA-III 6.0Gb/s SSD - 540MB/s Read & 250MB/s Write

or

1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD
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