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    We have started using 60Gb SSDs here now for our base images, approx 30Gb and are around 40 a pop too

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    General consensus so far....

    60GB good for base image of windows, office and photoshop
    250GB good for game installs
    500GB good for media

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    We bought some 64GB SSD's for the office and they are more than enough - the prices are plummeting though - I would go 128 for 49.99 now.

    I've got Win 8, RSAT Tools, CS5.5 Master Edition, Office, Chrome, Firefox, Cunninghams Client and Net2Access installed - 10GB spare.

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    @Mr.Ben where are you getting 128GB for 50? and what brand?

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    +1 on the SSD for OS and HDD for everything else.

    I run an i7 3770k @ 4.5Ghz, 8GB Corsair Vengeance @ ~2133MHz with a 60GB Corsair Force3 SSD, boots in about 5-7 seconds. Considering getting another SSD to use for caching & installing regularly used programs on for the faster load speeds.

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    Windows 7 x64: 20GB
    Microsoft Office 2013: 3GB
    Adobe Photoshop CS5: 1GB

    That's nearly half the drive gone before you add in user profiles, windows/office updates, driver installations...

    60GB won't last long

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    remember, it is for a personal build, not a school build or a business build!

    Drivers I imagine would be another 1GB
    Updates on office have yet to hit over 2GB combined
    Updates for windows have yet to hit over 2GB combined (excluding SP1, or the updates it has bundled in)
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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    General consensus so far....

    60GB good for base image of windows, office and photoshop
    250GB good for game installs
    500GB good for media
    If I've learnt anything over the years, it's that space goes. FAST. No matter how much of it you have. I'd still say a minimum of 120GB for O/S and programs. I'm up to 80GB already on my 120GB SSD with Win 7, Office, a few more programs, iTUnes etc.

    My old rig had a 300GB HDD purely for steam and it soon got filled! Depends on how much of a gamer he is. Got 300GB free now on my 1TB gaming drive.

    And as for media, 1TB minimum dependant on size and quanty of media files. My 1TB NAS is almost full.
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    Well I put it like this, he is pretty much certain nothing but windows, office, photoshop and maybe skype will go on SSD1. Games will go on SSD2 (he has a few he plays regularly, and the rest he will install/uninstall at his leisure). Media well, he has films, pictures, songs etc.

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    It seems to me your mind is already made up...

    Last thing I'll say - you can never have too much space.

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    Not my mind. LOL. Posting on his behalf. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by LosOjos View Post
    Last thing I'll say - you can never have too much space.
    +1 for this statement. 100% correct.

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    "remember, it is for a personal build, not a school build or a business build!"

    Okay I can see what your saying, but the difference from 60gb ssd and 120gb ssd according to google is around 20 quid. So as its your boss, cut yourself some slack and get the one you know you don't have to worry about.

    As opposed to the one that will begin to slowly fester and nag away at the back of your mind to the point that a year from now every time they walk into the office the first thing you will think is "oh crap, they are going to tell me its running out of space on the OS drive, and I am going to have to migrate all their crap to a bigger drive and reconfigure stuff" and even when you clone the sodding thing to a new drive they will moan on and on for weeks about how its "just not the same" now its upgraded, and now you are the butt of all their personal computer woes and the single undeniable reason for anything ever going wrong on their computer for ever from now until the of time or your suicide, which is now starting to look like a bloody good option btw, as it slowly starts to dawn on you what a terrible, miserable existence your life has now become all because I didn't spend 20 quid extra on a 120gb ssd drive.

    but you know, he will probably never need more than 60gb anyway, that's loads...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    @Mr.Ben where are you getting 128GB for 50? and what brand?
    BT business direct have SANdisk ones at that price - not the best brand, but if its not your data partition I figure it can't do much harm :-)

    http://www.businessdirect.bt.com/pro...?refs=56350000
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    I wouldn't do this personally. Reason being, smaller SSDs are usually slower than the larger ones in the same range. As I understand it, SSD controllers have a number of channels to be filled. The more channels in use, the more data that can be transferred from the flash at once. The smaller SSDs don't use all the channels, therefore they're slower. I think SSDs around the 240gb mark are supposed to be the best performers. If he's really desperate to have a separate boot drive, get one about that size and partition it.

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