I recently built a black Friday rig and I'm looking to add components over the next few months.
Currently I don't have SSD and I'm looking for the next biggest performance boost.
Would it be best to invest in a SSD (i'd need 120GB+) or another 16GB of Ram (totally 32GB) and use that as a ram drive (for games such as WOW).
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77
G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900)
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition OC 2GB 256-bit
Seagate 1.5TB SATA HD 7200/64MB/SATA-6Gb/s
LITE-ON DVD Burner SATA
CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE
Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 64-bit (Full Version) - OEM
On one hand running SSD would boost my overall performance for my system but if i ran a 24GB RamDrive with a game on it I would see load times increase.
As of now I can run FarCry 3 on Ultra max, WOW on Ultramax (and getting 30-60 FPS) and games like Metro 2033 on Ultra without any lag issues (I'm usually ripping DVDs or encoding something as well without an issues at the same time).
You will benefit from an SSD a lot! Get something decent like Intel, also Samsung is pretty good. The main point for SSD is that the whole OS will be installed on the SSD and will load from it, when if you have a Ram Drive you can only use it for non OS files.
If you really want to speed up the process then get 2 SSD in to RAID and double the performance -) The RAM drive is megafast indeed, but copying your files to the ram drive everytime you reload PC is time consuming process and can be boring sometimes...