I think I want to buy a SSD, not sure yet but I'm asking now so I have information to think over. Right now I have a 320 Gig Hitatchi drive, which is a little slower (and louder, Hitatchi drives that I've owned are always quite loud) than most HDDs but it still works well, besides some micro stuttering in different games. My question is if I bought a SSD and threw games on there how much of an increase it loading times, etc, would I be looking at? Would micro stuttering caused by my HDD be completely eliminated? The other thing is my board only does SATA 3GB/s.
Also, you can see in my signature I'm running a 32 bit OS. The reason being because I got it for free, and I don't see upgrading to 64 bit being worth the money. But, since windows 8 is coming out, I think I'd like to buy a retail copy of Windows 7 before they are all gone. If I paid for a 64bit OS I'd probably want to upgrade from my 32 bit install so I'd want to install Windows 7 (32 bit) on it's own partition on my SSD. Then I would be able to wipe that partition clean, reinstall windows, and keep whatever games I have in the storage partition correct? Then, how big of a partition would windows 7 need? would 40 gigs suffice?
I just finished recommending the samsing 830 on another thread lol, so yeah samsung 830 FTW, but really ANY SSD is going to be 10x-20x faster at loading apps/games than a HDD. The reason he suggested those three is that they are the pinnacle of reliability right now on the SSD market, and because all SSD's are pretty much the same speed-wise, RELIABILITY is what you want.