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January 18, 2013 5:20:00 AM

Hello all,
Should I get an ssd for my budget build? Is it worth it for an extra £100, thanks!

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January 18, 2013 5:31:39 AM

it is super fast HDD... it is worth 100 for 128GB capacity
January 18, 2013 5:48:20 AM

AMD Radeon said:
it is super fast HDD... it is worth 100 for 128GB capacity

What about the 20gb intel ssd 313 series?
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January 18, 2013 6:00:29 AM

Useless for anything but caching the HDD.
When you get an SSD, 128GB of pretty much the minimum size to get. Because after formatting and installing Windows (which is the main reason for an SSD) you have ~90GB left for programs. Plenty for programs and a few games.
If you were to get a 64GB SSD, by the time thats one you only have ~30GB. Not enough to fit much, a friend of mine is regretting doing that as hes down to 100MB on his SSD.
January 18, 2013 6:08:54 AM

manofchalk said:
Useless for anything but caching the HDD.
When you get an SSD, 128GB of pretty much the minimum size to get. Because after formatting and installing Windows (which is the main reason for an SSD) you have ~90GB left for programs. Plenty for programs and a few games.
If you were to get a 64GB SSD, by the time thats one you only have ~30GB. Not enough to fit much, a friend of mine is regretting doing that as hes down to 100MB on his SSD.

Thank you very much, this is the most helpful response I have ever received! (I don't know if that sounds sarcastic the way I've written it, but it's true!) :) 
January 18, 2013 8:39:40 AM

manofchalk said:
Useless for anything but caching the HDD.
When you get an SSD, 128GB of pretty much the minimum size to get. Because after formatting and installing Windows (which is the main reason for an SSD) you have ~90GB left for programs. Plenty for programs and a few games.
If you were to get a 64GB SSD, by the time thats one you only have ~30GB. Not enough to fit much, a friend of mine is regretting doing that as hes down to 100MB on his SSD.


Erm... what? Do you have experience with them?

Yeah, they're small, but they are SO worth it, and useful for pretty much everything.

No, you can't put your 20TB porn collection on a SSD, but you don't need to - it already loads plenty fast.

What you do do is put windows and certain programs on it. You push the power button and are on a usable desktop in 12 seconds... photoshop opens in less than a second, instead of more than a minute. Everything feels snappy and responsive.


There's a reason Tom's is calling it the best upgrade that can be done currently to an office or home computer.
January 18, 2013 8:40:53 AM

Was saying that the 20GB SSD is useless for anything but caching.

Look a bit lower and you can see that I have a 128GB Vertex4.
January 18, 2013 8:55:01 AM

Ah, my apologies seem to be in order.

I had to read the posts three times for my head to stop automatically inserting a one before "20gb ssd" - I thought you were talking about SSDs in general.
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