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Hey guys, I am building a computer soon and I was wondering if buying an SSD was worth the extra ~$130. As far as I know the storage on them is nothing special but they do work faster than normal hard drives. I will post the build I have in mind in case anyone would like to see, but mainly I would like to know if I should drop some more cash into this for the SSD. Money is not a huge issue for me, but the build is already pushing ~$1500 and that is what I had in mind. I will mostly be using the computer for moderate gaming (WoW/Rift/LoL other games of the sort) and various engineering programs (SolidWorks/LabView/ etc.)
Thanks for the help guys!

CPU - $220 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072


MOBO - $199 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157265&Tpk=ASRock%20P67%20EXTREME4%20GEN3%20LGA%201155%20Intel%20P67%20SATA%206

GPU - $240 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130651

PSU - $100 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049&Tpk=antec%20hcg%20750w%2080%20plus%20bronze


RAM - $50 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231422

HARD DRIVE - $80 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152238

COOLING - $40 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

Cooler Master HAF (Nvidia) - $190 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119236

MONTOR - $180 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236117

WIRELESS - $20 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833166056&Tpk=Rosewill%20RNX-N180UBE%20Wireless%20Adapter

OPERATING SYSTEM - $100 - http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5213932&CatId=4622


KEYBOARD/MOUSE - $50 - http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6572353&CatId=1482

TOTAL - $1469
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  1. jgach20 said:
    Hey guys, I am building a computer soon and I was wondering if buying an SSD was worth the extra ~$130. As far as I know the storage on them is nothing special but they do work faster than normal hard drives. I will post the build I have in mind in case anyone would like to see, but mainly I would like to know if I should drop some more cash into this for the SSD. Money is not a huge issue for me, but the build is already pushing ~$1500 and that is what I had in mind. I will mostly be using the computer for moderate gaming (WoW/Rift/LoL other games of the sort) and various engineering programs (SolidWorks/LabView/ etc.)
    Thanks for the help guys!

    CPU - $220 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072


    MOBO - $199 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157265&Tpk=ASRock%20P67%20EXTREME4%20GEN3%20LGA%201155%20Intel%20P67%20SATA%206

    GPU - $240 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130651

    PSU - $100 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371049&Tpk=antec%20hcg%20750w%2080%20plus%20bronze


    RAM - $50 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231422

    HARD DRIVE - $80 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152238

    COOLING - $40 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

    Cooler Master HAF (Nvidia) - $190 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119236

    MONTOR - $180 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236117

    WIRELESS - $20 - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833166056&Tpk=Rosewill%20RNX-N180UBE%20Wireless%20Adapter

    OPERATING SYSTEM - $100 - http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5213932&CatId=4622


    KEYBOARD/MOUSE - $50 - http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6572353&CatId=1482

    TOTAL - $1469


    The reliability of SSDS using the sandforce controllers are questionable at best at this current moment. I suggest getting an m4 crucial.
  2. But are they worth the money? I see a lot of people buying them but I just am not sure if it will be worth it or not, so I am looking for some opinions on them
  3. Best answer
    If you can afford it, yes. An SSD will dramatically increase productivity. Faster boot times, faster application run times, open/close times, data transfer, etc.
  4. Are they complicated to use? This is my first build and I am relitively clueless when it comes to th inner workings of the computer, the BIOS, multiple hard drives and things of the sort lol.
  5. Use the ssd (at least 120gb for your OS+most used apps, ie. office) and use a hdd for your files.

    The ssd has a sata connector and a power cable...it's a simple plug and play (unless you get something like ocz, then it's more like plug, pray, rma, cry).

    Install the OS on your ssd and then afterwards (following windows prompts), connect your hdd to the sata cable and power and see if the OS auto recognizes the hard drive.
  6. Ok I think I understand what you are saying, thanks for all the help I really appreciate it! I was wondering if you could also take a quick look at my build, I feel like I can never have enough people critique it for me :D Thanks again for everything
  7. Best answer selected by jgach20.
  8. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxaVBsXEiok&feature=relmfu <---quick video on how to install windows and hard drives
  9. I have a crucial m4 and it rocks well worth the investment imo
  10. Ok I am definately going to consider getting one then. Thanks for all the help and opinions!
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