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SSD - 2 buy or not 2 buy

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August 10, 2010 3:00:58 PM

This is my build, I'll be constructing early september. (after the i7 950 price drop)

CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W

LITE-ON Black 24X DVD

COOLER MASTER CM690 II Advanced

Western Digital Caviar Black WD640

Mushkin Enhanced Redline 6GB

XFX HD-587X-ZNDC Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) XXX Edition 1GB

ASUS PCE-N13 IEEE 802.11b/g/n PCI Express Wireless Adapter

ASUS P6X58D-E

Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz

The question: If I will be running Windows 7 Professional (student discount FTW) is it worth it to get a SSD? If so, what kind? I either want to get it now or not at all.

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August 10, 2010 3:17:17 PM

you could get an SSD to speed up you boot times if anything
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August 10, 2010 3:18:48 PM

Thats what I was thinking. how much of an effect would that have on boot up time?
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August 10, 2010 3:32:33 PM

with an SSD i boot in 12s from complete off to usable desktop in Win7
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August 10, 2010 4:22:50 PM

so what SSD would you suggest? preferably $100 or under.
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August 10, 2010 4:30:21 PM

I'm thinking the 30GB version, Thanks Pizza. How does the Spinpoint compare to the WD Black?
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August 10, 2010 6:09:46 PM

Subtle bump.

anyone know a good comparison between a spinpoint F3 and a WD black?
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August 10, 2010 6:14:06 PM

Which WD Black? The 640 has two 320 GB platters. Any of the more recent "performance" drives with 500 GB platters will be a little faster.
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August 10, 2010 6:16:59 PM

for ease of comparison: both 1TB. the black is $5 more, but has a better warranty and sounds more reliable, while it looks like the F3 is faster. but if i'm getting a SSD for my OS and programs, am I really gonna see much of a difference? wouldnt I want the better reliability?
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August 10, 2010 6:29:04 PM

Again, which 1 TB. The older 1 TB (with the 32 MB buffer) had three 320 GB platters. The newer one, I think, has two 500 GB platters.

I have always been partial to WD drives. But reliability? Short of a random failure that any drive is subject to, I don't think that it will make much difference.
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August 10, 2010 6:36:32 PM

well, it sounds like the greater majority says Spinpoint F3 1TB, so I guess I'm going with that. Thanks jsc and Pizza
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