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    SSD V HDD

    For normal primary school use, with the main bulk of stuff been saved on the server and nothing to demanding been done on the pc is it worth upgrading to a SSD or should we save money and stick to a HDD?

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    SSDs are pretty cheap now and you'll get a decent speed bump on load times. Probably worth looking into. Give me a shout

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    A 6 year old PC with an SSD will seem faster to use than a new PC with HDD.

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    We made the switch a couple of years back, so all new PCs came with SSDs only (self fitted to save money). The difference was tremendous, and worth it. This is on older PCs too - refurbs. Modern i3 laptops here with SSDs are blazing fast.

    I'm playing with some old convertible tablets at the moment, with a mix of HDD and SSD. The older ones with SSD (with a Core 2 Duo T5500 @1.66GHz) blow away the newer with HDD (with a Core 2 Duo P8600 @2.4GHz).

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    Been using SSDs exclusively on Clients and Servers for a few years as well.

    Couldn't ever imagine going back to unreliable mechanical disks again.

    It is important you pick good SSD's though. They are not all the same for reliability.

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    Primary here and with our latest batch of PCs I decided to go SSD and its well worth the extra cash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkeh View Post
    Primary here and with our latest batch of PCs I decided to go SSD and its well worth the extra cash.
    They shouldnt even be any more expensive these days.

    We get them from verypc and the prices are similar to mechanical disks, although only 120gb insead of 500gb but who really needs that much on a client in reality?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zag View Post
    They shouldnt even be any more expensive these days.

    We get them from verypc and the prices are similar to mechanical disks, although only 120gb insead of 500gb but who really needs that much on a client in reality?
    Yeah ours our @VeryPC machines as well
    Perhaps I should have mentioned that the extra was peanuts really, yeah the capacity is less but I took a look at the disk usage of the machines that were being replaced and the 120gb was plenty.

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    So would you upgrade a 3Ghz 1GB or RAM machine to a SSD and 2GB of RAM to run 7?

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    I'd say 3GB RAM minimum really, especially as it's not that expensive.

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    SSDs all the way. I bought an average speed Intel 40gb on Friday for £19.98! That is silly money. More than enough space for a basic W7 machine.

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    SSD SSD SSD

    Makes a massive subjective difference in day to day use, for you and your users. Doesn't cost that much more on new build (all our new machines are bought with them now). It's cheaper to upgrade old PCs with an SSD than it is to replace them - we upgraded 150 machines this last summer for a total cost of ~£10k, instead of replacing only 100 of them for ~£40k. We're happy running 6-7 year old machines with SSDs in as they're that much faster and reliable.

    2GB RAM minimum, as @ICTDirect_Dave says it's not that expensive, but then once you have an SSD in it's also not as great a tragedy if you run short as virtual memory on an SSD is worlds apart from virtual memory on a HDD, so if you can't get the extra RAM in it's not the end of the world (especially as DDR2 RAM for older machines is useless once that machine goes out, whereas you can scavenge and re-use the SSD).

    Samsung 840 EVO 120GB drives here.

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    Got some Samsung 840 EVO's 120GBs and they're really good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicholab View Post
    So would you upgrade a 3Ghz 1GB or RAM machine to a SSD and 2GB of RAM to run 7?
    P4 or AMD 64 or older? Nope. Core 2 Duo or AMD 64 x2 or newer? Yup. As Dave said, go for 3GB of RAM - if you have onboard graphics they'll take a chunk of that 2GB too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICTDirect_Dave View Post
    I'd say 3GB RAM minimum really, especially as it's not that expensive.
    SSD's for sure !!

    why not just get 4gb for 32 bit builds and depending on what 64 bit machines are being used for either 8gb or 16gb with regards to RAM ??

    Also on older machines I would say only suitable for machines with at least SATA 2 so 3gbps

    The original revision of SATA was only about 1.5gbps so not sure how much of a benefit an SSD will give to a machine that only has the original version of SATA so SATA 1
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