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is samsung the most reliable SSD these days?
im such a tech noob - in a world where $$ is no issue, is it better to run 2xSSD 80GB in RAID, or just get one 1 x 160GB SSD?
sorry i dont get the discussion above at all lol
I recommend 1 x 160Gb SSD for you.
the latest Samsung SSDs have very good write speeds compared to most of the competition. Most the newer drives have pretty comparable read speeds regardless of manufacturer. Just check the specs and make sure the read speed is up to par with models like the Samsung EVO.
As for RAID vs. single drive, there are pros and cons to each but as a self described tech noob, you would probably be better off with just one drive. Less hassle, plug it in and you are good to go. You can certainly get faster performance for some applications with the RAID array. The difference is going to be like a V8 engine compared to a V6 for things that the array is better at whereas the mechanical HDD is like a horse and buggy--either way it is a huge upgrade.
Welcome to the 21st century!
An SSD is the single best performance improvement anyone can get for any machine, 5 years or brand new.
Next up is to upgrade that graphics card.
RAID is just a preference really. RAID 0 is stupid for SSDs IMO. Just get a larger capacity drive with better IOPS. But if that's your thing, do it.
Yeah and if you aren't sure what to buy Tom's Hardware has usually already reviewed everything and benchmarked it all for you!
Just get a single 120 - 256 GB drive. Should be about $100 for a 120GB drive or $200 for a 240-256 GB drive.
Samsung 840 is nice and decently priced. Check Newegg, TigerDirect and Amazon to see who has it on sale or is offering free shipping. I've also had good luck with OCZ Vertex drives.
120 GB is enough for Windows 7 or 8 + Office 2010/2013 + WoW + D3 + maybe 1 other game and a few random downloaded files/apps.
If you go 120 GB route, you'll still want a larger disc for movie collections, big MP3 collections etc. In my laptops I used to make do with 100-120 GB drives, but inevitably you can't quite fit everything you need on 1 drive, so I just made the jump to 256 GB drives so I wasn't carrying around a separate drive when traveling.
I've raided 2x SSD drives in my desktop before before and I couldn't tell the difference in game play in either WoW or D3. I also ran a RAM drive for a while, and even then the difference wasn't great. It's like going from 0.6 sec load time to 0.55 sec - vs 2-3 seconds for mechanical drives.
i7 2600k OC'd to 4.4 GHz, 64GB DD3, ATI 7970 non GHZ edition, but it overclocked to there :)
64g of RAM? Wtf.
I'm super stoked about my new laptop coming very soon
16g ram(could've done 32, but what's the point)
500g mSATA SSD for OS and apps and dunno what else lol
1tb mSATA SSD for Diablo, games music etc
1tb spinny hdd for the hell of it i guess, just to fill the hole I guess
Blu ray drive
using this SSD as well for windows and D3.
The upgrade to SSD gives much better performance than upgrading the rest of CPU components. Didn't realise that my sata hard drive was the cause of slow CPU performance
It is true, SSD's are fantastic. I highly recommend Corsair Force series.
I am running a 128 and 480 in my current desktop. No issues since May 2012 with heavy daily use (yes, I built this desktop for D3).
Corsair has out now the Neutron series - I prefer Force, for explanation refer to:
Also, if you are new to SSD do not miss this (or similar depending on your OS):
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