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17 Apr 2014   #51

 
 

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The reason behind the choice for the quadro is that it would be compatible with my system, and seemed like the safest route(it was pulled from a Dell machine). I guess my learning curve needs to lengthen still more.
I had a feeling that's why the quadro card was important to you - because of the sticker

When Dell sold the machine, it was advertised and configured as a "Quadro Workstation" which essentially means that it was a normal Dell PC with a Quadro card aimed at developers, Programmers, CAD (Computer Aided Design) users and various other disciplines that take advantage of what a quadro card has compared to a regular one.

The biggest difference between a quadro and a normal card is that the Quadro range has extra features that are only used for specific applications designed to take advantage of the extra features. In everyday useage/games the extra capabilities are simply not used.

Put simply, it's just another card that has the same compatibility, performance and function as a regular card when used "as a regular card".

If you took the exact same Dell machine and removed the Quadro card, the only difference would have been the sticker on the case.



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Would it be wiser to eat the $11.50, and try for a different card, or keep it, and play it as it lays?
Play it as it lays. You have the card. It's most important function will be for display. You can still use it to play games with.



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As for the SSD I am looking to the Crucial M550 128GB from newegg. Will this be a good buy? I guess more importantly: can I use it with what I have so far?
Newegg.com - Crucial M550 CT128M550SSD1 2.5" 128GB SATA 6Gb/s MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Yes and yes.

Although this is cheaper and will perform virtually identical in your machine:

Newegg.com - Crucial M500 120GB SATA 2.5" 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter) Internal Solid State Drive CT120M500SSD1

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28 Apr 2014   #52

 
 
Hi Gang......

......It's almost the first of May and it's time for another acquisition to get this project rolling again. So far, I have the following components:
  • 1 TB HD
  • 4 GB RAM(2 X 2GB)will add more later
  • 1 22" Viewsonic monitor(recently picked up)
  • 1 quadro graphics card
Next up is a SSD. On the following link I am considering this Adata 128GB SSD. I looked around to compare and this particular SSD stacked up pretty well aside the Crucial M500. The real driving force is the price. What I found most interesting in the article I read(unfortunately I didn't bookmark it) is that a change in architecture(?) of SSD's is on the horizon for 2015.
ADATA SP900 Premier Pro 128GB SSD - 2.5 Form Factor, SATA III 6 Gb/s, Up To 550 MB/s Read Speed, Up To 520 MB/s Write Speed (ASP900S3-128GM-C) at TigerDirect.com

I am not going to purchase it just yet. I thought it would be prudent of me to solicit opinions. I am starting to learn more, and gaining confidence as a result, but I would still appreciate any opinions about this. As soon as I have the SSD everything gets assembled, and it will be ready for the installation of a Windows 7 62 bit OS. I'm thinking Ultimate.

Thnx.

KR
Bruce
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28 Apr 2014   #53

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If you are shopping based on price, the least expensive 120 GB or larger SSD I can find is this one from PNY at 59.99, free shipping.

PNY XLR8 SSD9SC120GMDF-RB 120GB Internal Solid State Drive - 2.5 Form Factor, SATA III, 6Gbps, 500MB/s seq. Read, 475MB/s seq. Write, TRIM Support at TigerDirect.com

You'd be happy with any SSD compared to a standard hard drive. The issues you might face are customer service, return privileges, and reliability.

You might find it difficult to find comments from forum members who actually own one of the lesser known brands such as PNY or Adata. Most here would have a more widely known brand such as Samsung, Intel, or Crucial.

You can read reviews of all brands at the dealer sites such as Amazon, Newegg, and Tiger Direct, but it's up to you to decide how much significance to give them. All brands will have some complaints.

I wouldn't pay a lot of attention to benchmark numbers.

Like all hardware, you have to take a leap of faith at some point and buy. I'd place some emphasis on warranty, customer support stories, and how easy the RMA process is if you happen to have bad luck.
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28 Apr 2014   #54

 
 
Hi ignatzatsonic......

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Like all hardware, you have to take a leap of faith at some point and buy. I'd place some emphasis on warranty, customer support stories, and how easy the RMA process is if you happen to have bad luck.
Very true. I should have also stated that while price is of concern quality is another important issue. The 3 brands you've mentioned, Samsung, Intel, and Crucial, have all been suggested as viable purchases, and I have to agree.

PNY seems to have the lowest prices for size, but I looked hard and couldn't really find any reviews(good or bad) about their products. Perhaps my search parameters were lacking.

I'm starting to lean in favor of the Crucial M500. The cost is in the ballpark, and their reliability coupled with customer support may ultimately be the issues that ice it for me..

Thnx for the input.

KR
Bruce
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28 Apr 2014   #55

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This is a great price on this Mushkin, and check out the read/write specs

Newegg.com - Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR240GB-7 2.5" 7mm Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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29 Apr 2014   #56

 
 

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What I found most interesting in the article I read(unfortunately I didn't bookmark it) is that a change in architecture(?) of SSD's is on the horizon for 2015.
I wouldn't worry about the changes. The best thing to do with technology is to buy as needed and not wait "for the next best thing". Unless a release date is weeks away, you can end up waiting forever.

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As soon as I have the SSD everything gets assembled, and it will be ready for the installation of a Windows 7 64 bit OS. I'm thinking Ultimate.
Honestly, you could save a few dollars and go with Home Premium. Unless you know you definitely need an Ultimate only feature, Home Premium is a cheaper option. Most features in Pro and Ultimate aren't really needed for everyday usage. Besides, there are often free 3rd party alternatives to most features.

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However, it's your call mate

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post

You'd be happy with any SSD compared to a standard hard drive. The issues you might face are customer service, return privileges, and reliability.

You might find it difficult to find comments from forum members who actually own one of the lesser known brands such as PNY or Adata. Most here would have a more widely known brand such as Samsung, Intel, or Crucial.
Exactly. As I keep saying, any SSD will be a vast improvement over a HDD.

I personally haven't had any experience with PNY or Adata quality or customer service so I can't comment on quality first hand but like all products you will find good comments and bad comments.

I'd also buy from newegg. They appear to have the best returns policy compared to tigerdirect and amazon should it be needed.


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I wouldn't pay a lot of attention to benchmark numbers.
Especially since you are only using Sata II and all benchmarks would be using Sata III and therefore give you unrealistic speed expectations.



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. The 3 brands you've mentioned, Samsung, Intel, and Crucial, have all been suggested as viable purchases, and I have to agree.
I'd avoid intel (solely because of price) and add Mushkin to the list.


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I'm starting to lean in favor of the Crucial M500. The cost is in the ballpark, and their reliability coupled with customer support may ultimately be the issues that ice it for me..
Good leaning

Myself I'd lean towards the M500 too. It also comes with an adapter to fit in your HDD cage whereas the Mushkin doesn't.
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