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Windows 7: Windows experience index hampered by SATA HDD's?

05 Jun 2012   #11
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

The size depends on you. We can't answer that. I would get one large enough to hold your OS and primary apps. The sweet spot right now is in the 128 GB range. That would be fine for most people, however, I went for a 240 GB just so I could have plenty of room to grow. Crucial, Intel, Samsung, OCZ, all make quality drives. Just stick to a reputable brand.

I'm stating it one more time, since it hasn't been answered. Are you sure you need the extra memory? If you aren't fully using the 6 GB you have now, that extra memory will yield only one result....less money in your pocket. Just adding more memory to a system doesn't mean anything will change. 6 GB is quite a bit, so as mentioned several times above...you most likely could have saved that money and put it towards the SSD.


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05 Jun 2012   #12
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

I do have a gift card from work that I could use towards the SSD.
I will need to do a complete reinstall, correct?
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05 Jun 2012   #13
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You can clone your current install over to the SSD, and then follow tutorials on here to ensure the alignment is correct, but if it's been a while since you did install Windows 7, I'd prefer to just do a clean install. You get proper alignment, newer drivers, and a clean system running on a fast drive.
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05 Jun 2012   #14
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
.but like you said...it has no affect on the actual gameplay, once loaded.
The same can be said for all other applications installed on an SSD too. Photoshop, Office, etc. They all run the same once loaded!

I agree 100% with Deacon that 128GB is the sweet spot for the SSD. Sure, you can get away with 30-60GB on an SSD if you only run your OS there, but once you get used to running things from SSD, you will want to run as much as you possibly can from the SSD. I'm currently on an 80GB SSD, and I'm around 70% used with a couple of games (BF3 and Diablo III). If I were to buy again today, I would go with something in the 240GB range.

Brands for me to consider are Intel, Corsair and Samsung. I don't particularly care for SandForce controllers, so I usually avoid OCZ.
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05 Jun 2012   #15
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Will the new SSD behave as one of my HDD's that I have now? Plug it in to my SATA port, install Windows and that's it or will I need certain drivers for the drive itself?
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05 Jun 2012   #16
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

It's a regular hard drive, in terms of how to install it. You should check to make sure you can set your SATA controller to AHCI in your BIOS, when you are ready to install, though. Aside form that, it works and acts the same.
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06 Jun 2012   #17
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Just checked my MB manual and (SATA) AHCI is supported in the BIOS.
Waiting on my memory to get here. Ordered it yesterday and it's "out for delivery", that was fast!

Think I'll wait until next year to install a SSD. Prices should drop by then , no?

Saw this SSD on Newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820167042
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06 Jun 2012   #18
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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06 Jun 2012   #19
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Just installed the new 6GB of memory.
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