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    Hi, I see lots of threads here about ways to improve performance on Windows PCs, but apart from the obvious method of using a 64 bit OS (W7) and upping your RAM to 8GB, the best speed improvement I have had was by replacing my hard disk with an SSD. I threw out the CD/DVD drive on my laptop (as I use an external Bluray burner), moved the original 500GB (7,200rpm) HD to this bay, cloned the disk & replaced it wit ha 128B SSD. The OS & all apps are stored here, and all the data is on the other disk. SSds are quiet, draw little power and generate little heat. The machine boots in less than a minute, programs start instantly, things just work. Best couple of hundred bucks I ever spent on a PC, my only regret is not getting a bigger one.
    Anyone else use SSDs?
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    I personally don't have an SSD, but working in IT, I have worked on a couple computers that had one installed. they really are FAST. The speed certainly made my job easier
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    • #3
      I have a 128gb SSD, with my OS and apps on it. It really does make things go so much faster. I liked it so much, I bought another 128gb to put some games on it. It makes the loading screens between levels almost instant.

      So I have 2 SSDs for OS/Apps/Games, and a 1TB hdd for storage. Works out great.

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      • #4
        Now that you can purchase SSD's for cheaper than a $1 per GB. SSD's are great addition to anyone's computer.

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        • #5
          I have been wanting to buy a couple of ssd drives to replace two hdds. I'm going to wait till black friday to see if I can get a couple of OZCs at killer prices. Maxing out the ram and upgrading to an ssd is just the best upgrades to do under the hood.

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          • #6
            Great suggestions! SSD's are so awesome, especially if you can also put a regular HDD in their for all the torrents.
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            • #7
              Once you use an SSD for your OS and apps you'll wonder how you ever got by with a regular HDD. I agree with you it might be the single best improvement for a system.

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              • #8
                indeed its the best choice to improve your PC

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                • #9
                  its a good upgrade for a pc

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                  • #10
                    You're all making me want to buy one! And destroy my wallet at the same time...

                    Edit: My laptop doesn't support SATA III
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Poopderp View Post
                      You're all making me want to buy one! And destroy my wallet at the same time...

                      Edit: My laptop doesn't support SATA III

                      SATA 3 can run on SATA 2 boards, PD. They're backwards compatible. You just won't get SATA 3 speeds. Get a SATA 3 and that way you can take advantage of it whenever you upgrade.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by MonsterKiller View Post
                        SATA 3 can run on SATA 2 boards, PD. They're backwards compatible. You just won't get SATA 3 speeds. Get a SATA 3 and that way you can take advantage of it whenever you upgrade.
                        I know, but I want the SATA III speeds. I dont plan on upgrading for at least a year so I just dont think it's worth it with my current laptop.
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                        • #13
                          I'm able to watch a 2hr movie in just an hour with an SSD. That's how fast they are.




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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Eknows View Post
                            I'm able to watch a 2hr movie in just an hour with an SSD. That's how fast they are.
                            Eknows earlier it was different, make up for ssding mind! :P
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                            • #15
                              Well, I will say this - the computer can tell a difference between SATA 2 and SATA 3, but the human will not - unless you're dealing with giant files like video or disk images, etc. I've got a pair of SSDs on my desktop with different benchmarks but it's flat-out impossible for me to notice - they are both SATA 3 but even comparing with SATA 2 we're talking incredibly small amounts of time that are for the most part would be invisible to you. I remember something Tom's Hardware did on this, maybe you've seen it, but maybe not

                              Upgrade Advice: Does Your Fast SSD Really Need SATA 6Gb/s?

                              If your laptop is your only machine and/or if you move a lot of huge stuff around, you might not bother. But if you have a desktop and a laptop (like me) I wouldn't hesitate to put one in the laptop (like me, and mine is 5 years old). Difference is gigantic.

                              Anyway, you know what's best for your needs, just tossing this out there. Good luck with it.

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