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 Post subject: 32GB SSD - worth it?
PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 3:46 pm 
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I found a 32GB SSD for about $50.

Is this too small for Windows 7 install, MS Office, Photoshop and a few games?

Or is it better to Boot from a hard drive, and use the SSD just for apps?


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 Post subject: Re: 32GB SSD - worth it?
PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 4:10 pm 
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32 is much too small for anything meaningful. And at $50 or $1.56/GB it's anything but a deal. You'd be shelling out 45% more than the market price at the moment. Do the cost/MB analysis and land yourself a 128GB at about $0.98/GB or the real sweet spot of size, speed and future of 256GB at $0.92/GB.


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 Post subject: Re: 32GB SSD - worth it?
PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 5:12 pm 
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Windows 7 alone chews up 20+GB after updating. It'd have more use as a cache drive, if you really want to.


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 Post subject: Re: 32GB SSD - worth it?
PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 6:38 pm 
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It's possible to install Windows 7 with all updates in under 4GB of space, but you have to do a custom install & strip out a bunch of stuff to do it. 32GB can work with such an install, but this 60GB SSD for $60 would be a far better option if cost is of high importance. Otherwise, I would go with a 120GB SSD which can be found for less than $100.


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 Post subject: Re: 32GB SSD - worth it?
PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 11:00 am 
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I know it's possible, but I even feel tied down with a 60G on minimalist machines; and I've came from the 32G/74G raptor days when it still felt too tight. I think for the best user experience, you don't want to play with the idea that you may fill up an SSD. Currently, 120/128G is the sweet spot and can always store media that doesn't need the speed (thus, storage) on a common spindle drive. And as chaos points out, they're available for under $1pG.

I can only use my own usage so: My garage computer is pretty commonly used, isn't short on installed programs, and it currently uses 92G. It's not enough to just stuff windows into a small box as programs need to run off the SSD as well or it's fruitless.


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 Post subject: Re: 32GB SSD - worth it?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2012 9:23 am 
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Thanks for the info.

It looks to me, if I wanted to throw $50 at my system to make it a little faster, then I get a 32GB SSD and use it to install my games on it and run them from that drive.

If I want a boot drive, then I guess I would have to go bigger.

Anyone have any data on the reliability of SSD's as boot drives?

Are HDD more reliable?


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 Post subject: Re: 32GB SSD - worth it?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2012 9:30 am 
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AHMFIC wrote:
It looks to me, if I wanted to throw $50 at my system to make it a little faster, then I get a 32GB SSD and use it to install my games on it and run them from that drive.

If I want a boot drive, then I guess I would have to go bigger.

Anyone have any data on the reliability of SSD's as boot drives?

Are HDD more reliable?

If you have a Z68 or better chipset, you can use the SSD as a cache drive. And you could get away with 32GB as a boot drive, provided the only thing on it is Windows (Windows 7 tends to float around 20GB). But if you want to go beyond that, it's best to get 60GB or more.

And there really is no question of reliability, unless the firmware on either sucks.


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