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What is the concept of SSD memory?

I was wondering what the idea behind ssd was. I think it is just very fast memory in normally rather small hardrives, and I would like to know if it would be a good idea to get one. I am running some demanding games such as BF3, Crysis 3 beta, DayZ. If I am going to get one, I have a price range of 100-150 dollars, maybe a bit over if it is good.
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor

SAPPHIRE 11188-22-20G Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (OC Edition)

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

TOSHIBA DT01ACA100 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

ASUS 24X DVD Burner

G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory

ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

(Not to fancy, but amazing bang for the buck.)
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    The SSD is the fancy toy for the PC, because the price is going up now and you hard to find the best deal like a couple of months ago. If you have the budget to buy one, as long as you start use the SSD then you ever go back to use the HDD again, even it only boot the PC, open the programs, and load the games fast something like that.

    Now has the sale "SAMSUNG 840 Series MZ-7TD120BW" for $90 with promo. code: EMCXVXW59. If you have other regular HDD you need at least the 120GB SSD for the OS, programs, and some games.

    It is high-end entry-level SSD, you can find some review online. If your case don't come with 2.5 Inch HDD/SSD Mounting Kit then you need get one too.


    HDD/SSD Mounting Kit:
  2. Every hard drive including the small ones use spinning metal platters and an actuating arm. The reason they are slow because you are waiting on moving mechanical parts. A ssd however uses flash memory chips. Here, you simply wait for electrical signals.
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