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Windows 7: I got the "Graphics Card Blues" Yeah, Yeah, Yeah

01 May 2013   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate Retail Box (64-bit installed) + Service Pack 1

SSD is a good idea, just don't expect miracles, and I suggest starting OS fresh on it, be sure to check out the Tutorials here on sevensforum:

SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

SSD Tweaks and Optimizations in Windows 7

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01 May 2013   #12

Windows 7 Pro 64 Bit

Thank you for this info !
My reasoning with my machine is this ...

Although just a SATA2 set up, if I get the maximum or near it, from that SATA2 ability, I can consider that I have a half decent machine ( If you ignore the specialist / high power rigs to be found in these forums ) That being the case, with a bit of luck I may be able to miss the SATA3 and go straight to SATA4 ??? sometime in the future. Always assuming that the way computer technology is accelerating every few months, will continue. Even if that does not happen in time, as long as my machine is capable of a bit more than I actually require of it, it should do what I need without too much frustration for some time. By which time the cost of buying a machine that is 5 times better than the one that I have now, will be coming down in price all the time.

I will certainly look into the cloning side of things re: SSD's
My preferred back up facility is to use a clone via Acronis True Image. Do you think that there would be any problems with cloning a SSD to a conventional HDD ? I am quite prepared to suffer the slower speed of the conventional HDD, as long as I get an accurate clone at the end of it. I just go and have a cup of tea, no problem. Perhaps I will change to creating a disk image as my back up, I don't know yet.

Thank you again
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01 May 2013   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate Retail Box (64-bit installed) + Service Pack 1

Well the SSD brings some issues to the table, it has a finite # of writes to each sector before they become unwritable, so if this is a heavy use computer, theoretically if you let Windows have it's OWN way with temp file writes on it, you could wind up against that barrier, and if a SSD goes bad, it's high speed flash memory, it's probably unrecoverable.

I wouldn't want my virtual memory, hiberate, or browser cache for instance writing to the SSD and never defrag a SSD, that's a big no no, you have TRIM to deal with keeping it in shape, instead.

I prefer to wipe and drop fresh 7's and have done it enough that most of the configuration tweaks I use are committed to memory or I let a tool like BoostSpeed do a lot of it for me.

You can clone the SSD once happy with the setup to an HDD and back again, if that was really what you want to try, sure.

Possible 12Gbps spec in 2013, interesting.... But, the cost of drives that fast.... I like it when it drives the cost of very adequate hardware down though, so yes bring it on!
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02 May 2013   #14

Windows 7 Pro 64 Bit

Well, perhaps not 12Gbps in 2013, but perhaps not too long afterwards either ?
Anyway, you have given me a lot to be thinking on for the present. But, I am still not clear what my PSU will handle Graphic Card wise, in terms of Watts, Amps, Volts, etc. Someone a while ago said that replacing the PSU with a better one would sort out the situation. I suppose that on the plus side of things, doing all these bits and pieces does in fact teach me a little bit more about computers, in preparation for when I grow up and Sire a computer of my own !

Many thanks
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04 May 2013   #15

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64

It will in fact de-mystify many aspects of how computers go together and open you eyes to just how cheap many oem components are. When taken into it's whole once I built my first build I was hooked on the process....still am so beware! Secondly after that build I began to understand the errors of me first and each subsequent build have gotten better and bigger with components that are close to if not class leading.
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