clone wrote:you'll be a lot happier putting a fast SSD into your computer compared to a faster processor.
given your current cpu is already at 4ghz and you've already got a GTX 660 if you don't have an SSD it's a no brainer, get a 120gb Intel SSD or comparable, you'll love it, you'll notice a difference instantly.
going to an i5 will certainly lighten your wallet but it's not guarantee you'll notice any difference at all.
SSD all the way, best investment I've made in the last 6 years, I'm on my third, 1 for my triple core AMD, sold it along with cpu and bought another for my upgrade to FX 8320 and I was so happy I bought another SSD to use with my ancient C2D intel system.
matdem1 wrote:clone wrote:Please elaborate... What is it that sold you on the SSD???
Star Brood wrote:matdem1 wrote:clone wrote:Please elaborate... What is it that sold you on the SSD???
When/if you are impatient or on a time budget. I can pick up a fast 2000GB HDD for the price of a 90GB SSD. I'd advise just getting a 64GB SSD just for your OS and a couple of key applications. Games and software on a HDD.
NovusBogus wrote:I admittedly don't use an SSD myself but I find the claims of vastly improved performance somewhat doubtful and probably as much an artifact of getting a fresh Windows installation as anything else. Windows loading is lightning fast even on an ancient IDE drive...for about six months, at which point enough applications have crapped on the registry and left little conflicts and data corruption scattered all over everywhere that even a fast system starts getting bogged down. It's not as bad as it used to be, but this is why old-timers always say the best way to improve performance is by reformatting. Also, keep in mind that solid-state storage (SSD as well as memory sticks and the like) goes bad after some number of writes. It's a large number, but something to keep in mind when comparing against magnetic storage.
That being said, if you're interested in the performance gain of an SSD but don't want to fool with a dual-drive setup or otherwise don't want to drop a ton of dough on a reasonably sized drive, something you can look into is SSD caching. Smart Response is one of the more interesting features the blue team has cooked up lately, and I believe there are some third party dongles and software utilities out there that promise something similar. That way the stuff you read often is brought up quickly but you don't have to play storage quartermaster with a logical drive. I'm planning to do this with my next upgrade.
jihadjoe wrote:+1 on the SSD suggestions. It really is that good, and anyone who downplays the benefits obviously hasn't yet tried one.
Waco wrote:You think people are exaggerating only until you use one.
more responsive system in every way, it'll feel like your cpu is 20% quicker, like you just did a reformat and "wow is this thing responsive now".
once you get one you'll never go back (so long as you get a decent one, I've only had what was rated near the top each time I bought), it's not about load times but about how the system reacts ... to everything, I can't tell you how my system performs because all of mine have them but I am immediately aware of any system I use that doesn't have one.
morphine wrote:Putting it plainly:
When you have an SSD, your computer does not slow down. Period, full stop.