This may seem very banal to even mention, but my happiness with my recent purchase makes it hard not to. I finally put an SSD in my rig, a Samsung 840 EVO 250 GB. For the longest time now I've been watching everybody else adopt this technology, and I just wasn't sure when I was going to pull the trigger. So last week my coworker and I were discussing SSDs, and I started looking at prices. I finally decided that enough time had gone by and they had dropped enough in price for me to buy one. So on the way home I stopped by Best Buy and picked it up.
I don't think I was ever in true denial about the superiority of SSDs over platter hard drives, because I never made any flat claims that they weren't faster, it's just that I always rationalized it to an extent by thinking to myself how, sure, boot times can be aggravating with a conventional hard drive, but once you load the typical programs you use and close them and re-launch them over and over they're basically cached, and the speed issue is somewhat mitigated. But now I truly see how much better it is to have an SSD in your system. The performance gains are plainly obvious, not to mention how quiet it is.
I guess I could have driven further to Micro Center to look at their selection, but Best Buy was closer. I found it interesting that they basically had three to choose from (locked behind a glass case), a bunch of the Samsungs that I ended up going with, a couple of Intels, and then a Toshiba. But brand recognition and praise for the Samsung drive that I always read about online is what drove my final decision.
Physical installation wasn't that hard once I figured out how to mount the drive in the rear of my HAF XM case in that secret little spot, but since I was low on SATA cables I decided to take out my DVD burner and use the cables that were plugged into that. I can't remember the last time I burned a disc in that drive, and if I do need to put in installation media, I still have the Blu-ray drive in my system.
I turned everything on, and at first I just got a blank screen, no POST beep, no nothing. After some adjustments my system finally came up.
Software installation was a whole other ball of wax. Long story short, I decided to do a clean install. We all usually dread that, but in this case I think it just made sense to start with a blank slate. So I have Windows on the SSD as well as my other main programs, Office and whatnot, but I do plan to keep my Steam and Origin library on drive D:, my 2.0 TB Western Digital. That's okay by me (seems to be common practice).
I paid $140 for the drive. What SSDs do you guys have, and what do you think are their pros/cons? I find it's kind of a new world for me to research, because when I do read up on SSDs there seems to be new types of terminology thrown around that I haven't come across before.
Anyway, thanks for reading.
AMD FX-8350 Black Edition | ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0 | Corsair HX850W | 16 GB Crucial Ballistix DDR3 1866 | Samsung 840 EVO 250 GB SSD | Western Digital Caviar Black 2.0 TB SATA-3 | Samsung DVD +/- RW (SATA) | Gigabyte R9 280X | Cooler Master HAF XM | Dell UltraSharp U2713HM 27" LCD | Logitech MK520 keyboard/mouse combo | Logitech X-540 5.1 speakers | Windows 8.1 Pro x64