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Yeah my computer got totally fried somehow, so I've decided to just say fuck it and build a new one (assuming I can get the funds together). So... here's what I had in mind:
It's going to be a pretty lean machine if I do say so myself. I'm not necessarily building it to be an extreme gaming rig so much as I'm building it for, well.. just being hella fast so I can do my design stuff with as little slowdown as possible. That's not to say this won't be totally kickass for gaming, seeing as my existing machine could already run just about everything out there at highest settings (unless we bring 500x AA into the equation or other stupid crap like that).
That being said, it's going to be preeeetty expensive, and I'm kind of tight on funds at the moment, so in the meantime I'm just going to be using the media center PC I have hooked up to my TV for the time being.
For comparison's sake, here's the specs of my now deceased primary PC:
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I've been using that same SSD since it came out, and have had 0 problems using it as my OS drive.
Which is how long, exactly? With what OS?
I've got several HDs nearing a decade of daily use which also have exactly 0 problems (of course, having worked in tech support I saw my share of premature failures, too).
100000 or 1000000 writes per block are not really that much, especially if using FAT32 or NTFS, which tend to grind and wear on the same areas of the disk all the time, and in OSes like Windows XP you have to do a lot of tweaks to actually make then usable with SSDs.
Edit: Heh, 100000 or 1000000 are really very optimistic. Check out this interesting forum article where someone nitpicks a SSD's S.M.A.R.T. report.
Maes said:Which is how long, exactly? With what OS?
CrystalDiskInfo reports 396 power cycles and 3535 hours of usage so far, with around 1.5 Tb of data written to it. Unfortunately the SMART data it reads is pretty vague, and not nearly as informative as the data from the article. OS is Windows 7 x64, though I've used it with Vista x64 for a short while.
I was reminded of one drawback though; if you write lots of large files often (i.e. sequential writing), the Intel SSD will only be as good as your average 7200 RPM drive, doing maybe 80 mbit\s at best. So for video editing or huge Photoshop works or whatnot I'd either use a RAID 0 setup or get an SSD which boasts higher sequential write rates (OCZ Vertex for example).
Comparison of SSDs in price/capacity/performance:
I'm somewhat surprised there are several models faster than the Intel X-25M. I can get those Vertex 2 drives locally too. Hmm...