I just ordered an ASUS Bamboo U53JC-C1 from Amazon and would like to an SSD for greater speed. I do NO gaming, but I use lots of applications simultaneously and I like to access things fast (on my hard drive and online).
I plan on using mostly Adobe PRO, PhotoShop, Dreamweaver MX, MS Office, Internet, etc. I will also use this notebook to watch the occasional movie, so I need to keep the CD drive.
I don't know much about hardware, so my question is twofold:
1. Can I keep the original HDD and add an SSD on the ASUS U53JC-C1?
2. What SSD do you recommend?
SSD's are more reliable, especially for notebooks. no moving parts like HDDs, much smaller chance of failure.
performance would be around 2x faster w/SSD. SSDs claim 6GB/s, whereas HDDs max @ 3GB/s, so double the speed (in those terms at least).
newegg is showing 128GB SSDs for ~$250+. so it would be an expensive upgrade, but things would move quicker. faster boot times, faster application loading.
as for the clean install, you'll probably either get or make discs that have all the bloatware preinstalled, so you might as well wait until you install the SSD to delete the crapware, unless you happen to have a WIN7 disc lying around...