Is it woth getting an SSD Hard drive?

Hi all,

I am planning on upgrading my pc soon (since skyrims release)

I basically don't want any bottle necks in my system and want everything to run fast, I Know ssd's are really quick but they are also expensive. I have one in my laptop so I know how good they are,

but, when I look up other hdd's, such as:

http://www.google.co.uk/products/catalog?q=interna...

It say 600Mbps which is what I saw for ssd... am I missing something? or more to the point...

Will I be missing something if I spend one fifth of the price and get the conventional hdd?

Thanks all, I have always wondered this!

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  • 9 years ago
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    SSD's are at their best in a system that supports the new SATA 3 [6GBps] standard. If your system supports only SATA 2 [3GBps] than you will not see the full benefit of adding an SSD.

    You can always add SATA 3 support to a system that doesn't have native support, via a PCI PCIex card.

    There are two ways to use the technology; The best [fastest] results will come from installing the operating system and running the page file from an SSD. With Windows 7 you will really need an absolute minimum 120GB SSD to allow for all the system files and plenty of room for software to be installed. Go for a 250GB drive if you can afford it.

    The second option will not give the same speed increases and results as above but allows you to use a smaller 64GB disk [if that is all you have a budget for] as a fast enhanced cache, whilst using a traditional platter SATA hard drive. However this "sandbox controller" technology is only supported by a specific Intel chipset [Z68] and will not work on any other system.

    So if you have the money and want best performance choose the biggest SSD you can afford for Windows and software and run it on a SATA 3 port!

    The early SSD's gave mixed results but the latter models are really fast and can make a huge difference.

    Crucial make a good budget SSD [reviewed here:http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/reviews/pc-peripheral/3...

    and also Kingston and Corsair have some of the fastest SSD models available today.

    Reviews here: http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/reviews/pc-peripheral/3...

    You can see PC Advisor recent independent lab tests on a multitude of current SSD's here: http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/test-centre/pc-peripher...

    Source(s): 20 years experience in IT hardware and PC Advisor magazine
  • wokan
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    9 years ago

    Most modern games are going to store as much of the current play area in RAM as possible so that delays in the game occur only when moving from one major area to another. Maxing out the RAM on your system is probably going to get you the best bang for your buck up to 8GB / stick (until 16GB sticks come down in price). SSD drives are great for situations when you need a silent system, you start a lot of different things that primarily read, or you need the drive to be very shock resistant (though we won't go into why you're still using your computer during an earthquake). As you noticed, the big trade off is storage capacity. Take a serious look at what you plan on doing with the system. If it's just a game system that happens to also be a computer, the SSD will probably have more than enough room for the things you want to play.

  • 9 years ago

    SSDs are just solid state drives, so they never break or malfunction. this would be like having a bunch of flash drives all put into a hard drive to make it whatever size you want. if i were you, if i wanted an SSD i would get it, bit if it wasn't absolutely needed then i probably wouldn't spend that much more money on it.

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