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#1 Feb 20 2013 at 10:01 AM Rating: Decent
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I have been looking to upgrade the hard drive on my computer. When doing performance tests my current HD appears to be the weakest link and lately my load times for games and such has been pretty bad. My current HD is an older WD blue 500gb.

One of the things I have noticed is the solid state drives have been coming down in price. Are these supposed to be faster than traditional drives? I have tried googling reviews for them unfortunately I kept turning up articles from 3+ years ago. Is anybody using them for gaming PC's right now or are they more for backup?
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They're considerably faster. The most common use I've heard of for them is to put your OS and a couple often-used games/utilities on the SSD for fast boot times and minimal lag in games during drive access. The rest of your stuff you keep on a traditional (and much cheaper per GB) hard drive.
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#3 Feb 20 2013 at 10:05 AM Rating: Good
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Not for backup at all.

The recommended configuration is to have a smaller solid state drive for your primary OS drive, where you have your major programs and games installed, and then to have a bigger slower platter drive as your big storage drive (and a third external USB drive as your backup drive.)

It is most definitely faster - my home system boots in about ten seconds. Games run smoothly with reduced loading times.

They're still a bit pricey, but if you're going to be running multiple games, bigger is better. I'd get at least a 120 GB one, bigger if possible. Also go for a reputable brand - some of the fly by night companies are notorious for early SSD failure. I have an Intel drive and it's performed very well for me.
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#4 Feb 20 2013 at 10:56 AM Rating: Decent
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Thanks for the input. There are really only about 3 games that I play that have steep requirements. I might look into getting a SSD and keep my 500GB as well for everything else.
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That's pretty much what I did. I set my old 1TB up as the secondary drive, and it's where all my movies and MP3 files live.
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#6 Feb 20 2013 at 5:29 PM Rating: Excellent
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Get a samsung 840 pro ssd ans a pair of rotational large data drives in raid 1 for storage and redundancy
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#7 Feb 23 2013 at 9:07 PM Rating: Decent
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I got a SSD awhile back, it's only like 70GB and I regret it now. I love the thing, it's fast, but I just wish I had waited for the prices to drop more so I could afford more gigs as I'm constantly trying to clean things out of it so it's not hitting capacity. I once had WoW and my OS running on it but then WoW got a bit too big and then I had to push back to my 1TB secondary. So now it's just the OS and some various programs (browser/vent/IM) etc.

I would recommend getting one though, you should notice substantial increases in speed. I wouldn't go less than 120GB though if at all possible.
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I have my OS (win 7) and FF on an INTEL 160gb drive> I LOVE the fast boot time and response.
A little advice: If you have an SSD for your OS, move your system swap file to your regular HD. This will extend the life of your SSD.
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