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Windows 7: Best computer for a value of 600 to 650

22 Nov 2011   #101
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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I've got my SSD taped to the bottom of my case. It can't move and has no moving parts to break anyway
That's the way to go. No adaptors required. Works for me too.

The Crucial is a fine SSD. That would be my next choice too - after 3 OCZs and 2 Intels. And as was said, don't get too excited about data transfer rates - means very little. Even my 4 year old Intel Gen1 beats any Raptor Raid0 hands down. The secret is in the access time - and they are all around 0.1ms.


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22 Nov 2011   #102
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Faceofjoe421 View Post
What's the max capacity for each SSD/HDD?

If I wanted could I have 5 hard drives all at 2TB?
I think SSDs are now maxed at about 600 GB, very expensive.

HDDs are up to at least 3 TB--may have even heard of a 4 TB??

I've heard of people who are heavily into video that have over 10 TB of storage space.
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22 Nov 2011   #103
Faceofjoe421

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Can you recommend me one with the hardware I have chosen please for a cheap price - 100 = $156.15
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22 Nov 2011   #104
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Faceofjoe421 View Post
Can you recommend me one with the hardware I have chosen please for a cheap price - 100 = $156.15
No.

I don't know anything about UK sources or prices.

See what you can come up with from Intel, Crucial, or OCZ with a size of at least 40 GB, preferably 60 GB.

A Windows install is somewhere around 15 to 20 GB, when updated. Plus applications. You could get by with 40 for a while, but eventually may wish it was larger.

My current SSD Windows installation is sitting at 28 GB. All of my data is on another drive.

WHS says the Crucial M4 is fine. It should be just fine, depending on price.
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22 Nov 2011   #105
Faceofjoe421

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

One thing I am concerned about is managing the space.

Windows will use 15 GB, Swap File will use a lot, Applications and so on.
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22 Nov 2011   #106
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

I have 4 SSDs. Intel, OCZ and 2 crucial M4's. What WHS said is true. Access time is the most critical. The M4's have been very good for me, but the Intel is good as well. I always say the worst SSD is faster than the fastest mechanical hard drive. Any of the Intel or Crucial drives will do you well. I am using a 64Gb Crucial on this machine. All user files are on a mechanical drive, I have only the OS and programs on this drive and have 30GB of free space.
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22 Nov 2011   #107
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Faceofjoe421 View Post
One thing I am concerned about is managing the space.

Windows will use 15 GB, Swap File will use a lot, Applications and so on.
Managing space is not a problem. Just move the user files to another hard drive, disable hibernate and don't worry about the swap file, it is of little consiquence.
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22 Nov 2011   #108
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Faceofjoe421 View Post
One thing I am concerned about is managing the space.

Windows will use 15 GB, Swap File will use a lot, Applications and so on.
Managing space is not a problem. Just move the user files to another hard drive, disable hibernate and don't worry about the swap file, it is of little consiquence.
Essenbe:

I think this is going to be a single SSD, no HDD system, at least in the beginning---maybe for months, maybe for a year or more.

I don't know how many or what apps he will install.
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22 Nov 2011   #109
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If the SSD is the only disk, some data could go to an external device. The wife runs two laptops with 60GB SSDs that way and keeps all her data on 16GB sticks.

I have one laptop with a 90GB SSD and never ran out of space. All a matter of organization.
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23 Nov 2011   #110
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Look here:

Novatech Barebone Bundle - Intel Core i7 2600K - Corsair Vengence 8GB DDR3 Memory - Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3P - Novatech Gaming Case & Thermaltake 700W PSU | BB-I7268T

This is a less expensive bundle from Novatech; 550 pounds---one step down from the 600 pound model you were looking at.

It is nearly identical to the 600 pound bundle. The only difference I can see is the case. They have the same CPU, motherboard, power supply, and RAM. You might find it preferable to go with this cheaper unit because you could then use the saved 50 pounds toward your SSD or a better monitor. If it were me, I would take this one, because a good monitor is something you appreciate every moment.

The case is still a regular ATX model.

Does anybody recognize it?


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