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Discussion in 'PC Gaming' started by Geoff, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. Geoff

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    Anyone here have an SSD (solid state drives)? I really would love to have one since they drastically decrease wait times (especially boot/shutdown) and they're overall a lot faster than hard drives. They're so freaking expensive though.
     
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    I got one a while ago but only installed it last weekend. I was worried I did something wrong somewhere along the line because I kept having major issues with internet (Firefox freezing up ALL THE TIME and the internet frequently dropping) but as the week has progressed, I learnt that Firefox is just an awful browser (although the one I'm stuck using, sadly) and my ISP is just as bad as I like to exaggerate it is and that the modem/router combo we have to use is just crap.

    But I digress. I'm enjoying the drive. Programs open in an instant and start up and shut down are like a dream. But I don't think it would have been worth it if I'd paid full price because while everything's super quick, it already kind of was on my computer anyway. I got a 120gb drive and I think I paid ~$150 for it or so? Probably closer to $175 or $180 with taxes and everything but still pretty good. It's an OCZ something-rather.
     
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    So is that what solid state drives do? They improve computer speeds?
    I never really knew what they did, I thought they just store your information better.
    That sounds great, but they cost way way more than regular hard drives, so I'd say they aren't worth it.
     
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    They're flash memory, so boot times and program startup times tend to be markedly faster than with a physical hard drive. Like you said though, costs are the main issue, since you can get a 250GB hard drive for $50 or so, while the same size SSD would likely be in the $400 range.
     
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    Yeah it would be nice to have faster startup times but it just isn't a necessity.
    Even with a normal hard drive, my laptop starts up decently quick as well as the programs on it.
    Maybe if SSDs only cost 2 times the amount I'd consider one.
     

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