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    Afternoon,

    Looking to buy a SSD Drive to put Windows 7 HP on and most likely Battlefield 3.. Does this look any good? Don't really want to spend any more than that to be fair.

    OCZ 60GB Vertex 2E SSD - Cheap SSD | Ebuyer.com

    Don't know much about SSDs but i've currently got a 1tb OCZ HDD, just use this as storage space I guess. Is it as simple as just the usual boot off the SSD and install Win7 onto it? Hopefully can get a few decent responses before 5pm tonight so I can get free delivery by Tuesday..

    Ta!

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    Use it as you would a hard disk, personally if you are going to install games I would go for something slightly larger, maybe 90 or 120gb. Saying that I run a third of my network on 64gb drives and the rest on the same partition size.

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    Thinking about it I probably won't install games on it - I've never seen one used before and don't know the difference in speed really but heard they're like lightning.

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    I'm a heavy user and have an OCZ Vertex 2 60gb - it is indeed like lightning but as a very heavy user, I have to move my profiles, page files etc to my raid0 hdds.

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    I've just been trying to revive a dead one and have finally accepted it has had it. Having done a bit of research, it does seem their claims of ultra reliability over mechanical drives is a bit over-rated.

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    Ive just fitted a crucial m4 128gb to my laptop and its much better it took approx 2:50 to boot and load firefox on old drive. Cloned same install it now takes 50secs again ive moved swap file to d and all documents etc. Its an old laptop so only supports sata2 speed reliability no idea but it was a good upgrade windows hd rating is 6.7 overall 4.7 dragged down by video card

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    Laserblazer: that from an XP system? A lot of the "TRIM" tools available for XP aren't exactly as good as they should be, as a direct result I wouldn't see an SSD used on anything less than win 7.

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    Im tempted to go for an ssd ive been reading alot about the seriously noticable speed up on OS startup and gaming. Now is not the best time with a hike in storage prices due to flooding in Thailand, around 20-25% increase from only a few months back!

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    Laserblazer: that from an XP system? A lot of the "TRIM" tools available for XP aren't exactly as good as they should be, as a direct result I wouldn't see an SSD used on anything less than win 7.
    The issue I had was on a Vista machine but the problem was it wasn't detetected by the BIOS and this does seem to be fairly common fault, if the help forums are to be believed.

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    60Gb is a good size for a boot OS and basic applications (say office/media players/other little programs) but the moment you go into games that take up 8GB+ you need to think about using something larger.

    I use a 120GB OCZ Vertex 3 in my PC here at work which is enough for my VMs + all the programs I use and I have one of the 500GB + 4GB SSD Segate hybryd drives in my home PC.

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    i have a corsair force3 60gb and its superb.
    i dont put the majority of games on there just because of size, i use a normal sata drive for that. but for win7, office, apps etc its blazing

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    +1 here for SSD drives. I've just got a 120gb Kingston drive, read and write are around 550mbps. Lightning quick as you put it is probably spot on. Compared to a mechanical drive it boots up/shuts down in no time at all. I use it for games mostly but any smaller games that don't really need the extra speed I can just install on another mechanical drive but bigger games like BF3 and Crysis load a lot faster with the SSD drive. They are expensive, but worth it.



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