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    Quote Originally Posted by Tallwood_6 View Post
    HP elite 8200 core i5 4gb ram 120gb SSD 3 year warrenty well under £450 excl vat for just the base unit keyboard and mouse.
    Not a bad price to be honest was expecting 500+! Are you able to give me an HP P/N? All I can see for the 8200 range is HD?


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    After using my Mac Air for a week I was convinced about SSDs and will be fitting one as my main drive in my desktop in the summer

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    Would it be of any benefit to anyone if I were to mash together a comparative video (HDD vs SSD) - I know there are plenty out there on YouTube ect already but I'm thinking something more education based/something that you would like to know but that isn't on any other videos.

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    Imagine what the Air would be like if it used an SSD properly There's been talks of some hacks around to do so but as I'm not a user, I've no idea if that's come to fruition.

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    Well i've just ordered a 64GB Crucial m4 to install into one of our main IT suites and will compare speeds with identical pc sat next to it. Only way to tell if the extra cost can be justified.

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    Imagine what the Air would be like if it used an SSD properly
    How do you mean?

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    I just checked the latest prices and it looks like Intel have brought out a 60gb baseline model now for the same price as a 40gb one was a couple of months ago.

    Intel Solid SSDSC2CT060A3K5 | Insight UK

    63 quid is a bargain for the most reliable ssd on the market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zag View Post
    63 quid is a bargain for the most reliable SSD on the market.
    £53.60 is even better.

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    I'm about to purchase 67 PCs for 2 It suites. I think that SSD would be more useful than a more powerful CPU.

    I'm getting the PCs with a 5 year warranty (both house brands) I can get either a i3-2120 with a 250GB HDD OR a G630 with a 64GB SSD (Kingston)

    What do you think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazzy2501 View Post
    I'm about to purchase 67 PCs for 2 It suites. I think that SSD would be more useful than a more powerful CPU.

    I'm getting the PCs with a 5 year warranty (both house brands) I can get either a i3-2120 with a 250GB HDD OR a G630 with a 64GB SSD (Kingston)

    What do you think?
    Get the Intel 330 not kingston.

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    Yeh I wouldn't recommend ever buying a non intel SSD.

    The others use poor quality memory chips.

    I mentioned earlier in this thread we have over 250 intel SSD workstations now with a 0% failure rate. They must be doing something right

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazzy2501 View Post
    I'm about to purchase 67 PCs for 2 It suites. I think that SSD would be more useful than a more powerful CPU.

    I'm getting the PCs with a 5 year warranty (both house brands) I can get either a i3-2120 with a 250GB HDD OR a G630 with a 64GB SSD (Kingston)

    What do you think?
    i3 2120s for me, that's what I am planning on ordering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazzy2501 View Post
    I'm about to purchase 67 PCs for 2 It suites. I think that SSD would be more useful than a more powerful CPU.

    I'm getting the PCs with a 5 year warranty (both house brands) I can get either a i3-2120 with a 250GB HDD OR a G630 with a 64GB SSD (Kingston)

    What do you think?
    The Crucials have a pretty good reputation around the internet for reliability as well, don't discount them, as they're often the best value for money. Make sure you check whether they're synchronous or asynchronous SSDs - you definitely want the former, not much more but much better real-world performance (even though the paper numbers look similar).

    Also - G630 with SSD will be a much, much better subjective experience than the i3 w/ HDD. Do it.

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    The i3 is about 2x the speed of the G630, but the SSD is factors of 10 faster than the hard drive. So, if I had to make that choice, I'd be going with the G630.

    However, which SSD is it, and why Kingston? Price wise, the Intel 330 is about the same, if not cheaper and the reliability from them is second to none.

    Also, for a 5 year life span, I'm a little uneasy about the G630. In 4 years time, I'd fear the processor might be slow to handle the media of the day (eg. video editing or the like), but if it is only being used for office/internet then I'd definitely choose the G630.

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    Intel Pentium G630 Vs Core i3-2100 | Compare Processors

    They are compareable as they are from the same timeframe, the g360 is very low end, think celeron of the past but would still do the needed stuff for basic usage and the SSD would provide more of a performance jump initially. Of course the i3 with the SSD would be better but as long as you are keeping the current gen memory and motherboard chipsets you will get more utility out of the SSD.

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