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Windows 7: Thinking of getting SSD for old system.

10 Oct 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
Thinking of getting SSD for old system.

Hey guys,

Like the title says, I'm thinking of getting a solid state drive for my 5-6 years old PC. Now, there are slight problems along with it, for example, there is a bit of stutter while watching videos and playing video games. While watching videos, there's no stutter if the image is still (Like some dude talking sitting at a desk) but it does stutter if it's like a plane flying over a mountain or something.

And when playing games, even 2D games, it will even stutter. Now, i'm guessing that's a problem with my CPU or something. When playing Guild wars 2, the frame rate will be all right in some areas, but when i'm playing with like 20 or 30 other people when killing a boss, it's really unplayable.

Now I know that I'll have to get a new PC eventually, but for the time being, would it be a good idea to invest in an SSD? Does the SSD only influence the booting speed of the computer and how quick application start up or would it also make a difference in improving FPS in games also?

Thank you for your time and guys, and please let me know if you need more info on my comp specs!

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10 Oct 2012   #2

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit

SSDs generally improve overall snappiness---booting is quicker, applications open faster, things like disk scans and virus scans are faster.

I know nothing about your CPU. The SSD isn't going to help it, but the good news is that any SSD you buy can be carried over to any new PC you eventually buy or build.

I don't game, but my understanding is that SSDs do not help game performance. Games will load faster if they are installed to the SSD--which may not be possible if you have lots of games or a small SSD.

Good brands if you are looking: Crucial, Samsung, Intel.

Generally speaking, I'd say that once you have tried a PC with an SSD for Windows, you probably won't later want to go back to using a standard HDD for Windows. Just understand that SSDs aren't the solution for a slow processor. But you only need maybe an 80 to 120 GB SSD for Windows and typical applications. Games can go on an HDD.
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10 Oct 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64

I see, I will surely look into one then. Thank you!
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10 Oct 2012   #4


SSD drives only return rated speed (500MB/s?)when operating on a motherboard with SATA III capabilities. If your system does not support SATA III the expense may not justify the results. Running through SATA II controller will reduce speed to 300MB/s.

While there are nuances to it, the bottom line is that you may not experience much difference in performance unless you have a complete SATA III pipeline.
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