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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2011 6:49 pm 
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128gb sad for running os and applications and 2 external 3TB drives for data saving.

Should be the best combo for my needs.

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I have a OCZ-Vertex3 550MB/s 120GB and it's pretty close to full. All my Programms run on it and some iTunes Music that i play on my Home cinema (due to the vibrations a SSD cannot break). Oh and my iPhone Back-up

Using Windows 64-bit. Very happy with the SDD, fast booting and Windows runs smoother than ever.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 7:10 pm 
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I have been studying SSD's over the weekend in view of building a new PC.
It seems that over the last year SSDs have been developed to be faster and more reliable, but still being reduced in price!
To see a video with SSDs installed into a standard PC case makes the design of a traditional case look so old fashioned, I guess it's only time when sizes of all pc components will reduce, the mobo seeming to be the biggest hurdle.
It seems with the latest ram/processor speeds the thing holding pc speeds back is the hard drive.
So it appears the way to build a fast reliable system is with a SSD.
Please do any of you techies out there have any opinions?

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 7:24 pm 
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The price per capacity of semiconductors will be on a long term downward trend so no surprises there. But if you really need big capacity on the cheap, there's still a place for 3.5 inch hard disks. Arguably if you need small size, laptops already offer a reasonable performance level in a small package. My feel is desktops will remain for those who still need the ultimate in performance that will never be met by more portable form factors of the same generation.

So overall performance wise, I think unless you're on a hopeless budget, it is worth getting a SSD for main system and applications. If you need bulk data, there's still a place for old fashioned hard disks. The hard disk is not the sole limiting factor in a system. If you offered me double the CPU power but I had to use a conventional disk, I'd do that as CPU is a bigger limiter for me! But I've always believed in "use the right tool for the job" so you need to optimise if for what you want.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 9:15 pm 
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Thanks Popo,
I agree it's horses for courses, just trying to plan a nice system to last nicely for the next few years.
It's never a perfect time to jump in with your hard earned as technology advances never sleeps.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 9:22 pm 
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GCJ wrote:
To see a video with SSDs installed into a standard PC case makes the design of a traditional case look so old fashioned, I guess it's only time when sizes of all pc components will reduce, the mobo seeming to be the biggest hurdle. (snip)


It's because most people haven't heard of mini-ITX, or care about looking at smaller computers. Don't ask me why, but these solutions have been around for a long time, and have been plenty for pretty much every one. Just check out Shuttle and Aopen Cube.

I built this computer for a friend. It is a small high end gaming computer.
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Now if you don't have any special need for graphical processing power, which today means that the integrated GPU in the CPU will do more than fine, then you can go even smaller.
The cheap In-Win BQ656 has a PSU with up to 120W supports mini-ITX and standard slim Intel fans, which essentially means that you can put a i7-3770k in there.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 9:37 pm 
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Thanks so much Lorride, I will defo look into that.
My objective really is to have a nice system thats future proof as much as possible for a reasonable cost. :)

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 9:59 pm 
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Future proofing is hard, and I think almost impossible, it will be a compromise =)

However, you can buy at the start of a new CPU socket. For example:
Intel socket 1156, released Aug 2009.
Supports Lynnfield and Clarkdale.

Intel socket 1155, released Feb 2011.
Supports Sandy-Bridge and Ivy-Bridge.

Intel Socket 115x(probably 1154), coming Q3 2013.
Supports Haswell and Broadwell.

With Intel you can some what follow a trend, but your system will not have a shelf life longer than ~two years.
I think it's a bit greedy by Intel, but honestly Quad 1156 CPU's are still great performers.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_Tick-Tock

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Thanks for the input,
Will probably go for a nice I5 2400 with 8gb ram and a Samsung 830 if not 840 ssd!

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i5-2400 is old, at least get it's predecessor, i5-3470. Should cost pretty much the same.

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I will get the latest. Just really feeling the ground on hard drives. Thank you

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 10:43 pm 
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Lorride wrote:
I think it's a bit greedy by Intel, but honestly Quad 1156 CPU's are still great performers.


It's greedy that they give you more performance for less energy consumption at about the same price every couple years or so? :)

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No, you misunderstand me =)
I am sure Intel could have supported 1156, 1155 and 1154 in one socket if they wanted to, so you don't have to change motherboard to upgrade the CPU outside Tick-Tock generations.
The differences between these are minor after all.

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I have 2x 256GB SSD SATAIII, and 1x 120GB SSD SATAII

I use one of the 256GB ones for OS and software and the other for games.

the 120GB one is for Photoshop caching.


love it when my PC boots in 6 sec.

there arent really any cons other than 512GB and larger were far more expensive.

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Looks like Samsung 840 and 840 pro are widely available in the UK now.
A christmas present to myself, along with a d600 body, I wish!!!

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