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Old 12-23-09, 04:25 AM   #229
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I'm sure i'll upgrade mine as well, but you know I realllllllllllllly want a ACD to go with my mac when i'm using it on my desk.

I hook it up to my 28in, but those ACD's are sooo damn sexy. If I could find a newish model for around 400~500 i'll bite!
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Old 12-23-09, 05:27 AM   #230
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Just got an e-mail from Intel saying they weren't able to verify my employment status.

Going to head into work today. I think it's becuase when I copied my pay-stub, part of the stub was cut off. You could clearly see my name, the store I worked for, etc- or at least I thought you could. Maybe they're too picky and didn't want to accept it.

Gonna' make another copy and re-fax my information. Hopefully I'll be able to place my order before the week ends- and hopefully they still have the drives in stock by then.
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Old 12-23-09, 07:24 AM   #231
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Well, I just checked the size of my Program Files folder and it's near 90 GB, add the size of my Windows folder and combined they're over 100GB!

I don't think that 80GB SSD would be near large enough. I was wanting to have 100% of my programs and Windows installed on that SSD, and use my current 500GB for my documents and such. But I'd have to put my most frequently used programs on the SSD, near filling it up, and what wont fit I'd then have to install on my 500GB HDD. Don't like that idea. As is, with all of my documents, programs, and windows on this 500GB HDD I only have about 90GB free.

I'm thinking of passing this up. I know it's a great deal, but I just don't think I'd be 100% satisfied with it. Call it a pet-peeve of mine but I just don't like the fact that I'd have to install some programs on my backup drive.

Newegg carries a WD Black 320GB HDD with a good 16MB cache for only like $72 shipped with rush processing. That'd be plenty for an OS and apps drive, and my documents could be stored on this 500GB HDD I currently have. I'm thinking of going this route as it'd save me a boat load of cash. Newegg did carry a 250GB WD that had a 32MB cache- user's were claiming this drive was pretty close to yer' average SSD in over all performance. Never read any "official" reviews- but the ratings for that drive were really high. I'm wishing I picked a few of 'em up to run in a RAID 0+1 array... would be half a terrabyte for windows and programs at SSD speeds for a fraction of the cost of a 512GB SSD.

Oh well. I'm lookin' at another retail job over in the town I'm moving to. That'll keep me enrolled in this Intel program so more than likely next year they'll offer another SSD, but probably the 160GB flavor, and more than likely for a comparable discount (near 50% less than retail). So I'm thinking of passing this drive up and going for the larger one next year. My CPU and mobo I'll be keeping for a *very* long time. Only planned upgrades is more RAM, SSD, video, and of course a new monitor (can't rock this 17" forever ).

What do ya'll think? I know many of you are staunch advocates of SSD's. You'd give up a kidney if it meant a free SSD. But what do ya'll say? Go for it or no?
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Old 12-23-09, 07:51 AM   #232
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Well, I just checked the size of my Program Files folder and it's near 90 GB, add the size of my Windows folder and combined they're over 100GB!

I don't think that 80GB SSD would be near large enough. I was wanting to have 100% of my programs and Windows installed on that SSD, and use my current 500GB for my documents and such. But I'd have to put my most frequently used programs on the SSD, near filling it up, and what wont fit I'd then have to install on my 500GB HDD. Don't like that idea. As is, with all of my documents, programs, and windows on this 500GB HDD I only have about 90GB free.

What do ya'll think? I know many of you are staunch advocates of SSD's. You'd give up a kidney if it meant a free SSD. But what do ya'll say? Go for it or no?
I'd get both the 80Gb and 160Gb were I you. ^^ Just install windows and programs on the boot drive and games etc on the none ssd drives(except for games that show a performance improvement when running from an SSD like crysis).
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Old 12-23-09, 09:00 AM   #233
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I'd get both the 80Gb and 160Gb were I you. ^^ Just install windows and programs on the boot drive and games etc on the none ssd drives(except for games that show a performance improvement when running from an SSD like crysis).
Yeah, I've thought of that. I've also considered that if I bought the 80GB SSD now, when the 160GB SSD is available next year (this alone is going off of two assumptions- 1.)Intel will have a 160GB SSD for sale in this program next year and 2.) I land that retail job- I have to work retail in order to be eligible for this) I could sell the 80 GB SSD for no less than I bought it for (which would still be considerably lower than retail more than likely) which would cover the cost of the 160GB SSD. Rinse and repeat.

However, I'm not sure I like the idea of running the SSD almost completely full- I'm weary of the wear and tear it'll put on the drive. Not saying it'd cause it to die on my within a year but just don't like that idea.

Regardless- I'm still up for ya'll opinion. We have 1 person saying I should go for the SSD... anybody else? Mind you- I can get 4x the storage capacity for less than half the price (shipped) through newegg... albeit with a performance loss but one I could live with I'd imagine.
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Old 12-23-09, 01:06 PM   #234
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Maybe you can save some space by moving the page file, search index, restore points and stuff to another disk. That reduces the footprint of Windows by quite a bit.

About the near full SSD: There is always a bit of the capacity hidden away. The controller is aware of this and can use those Flash cells as well so optimize the cell usage. But officially those additional Flash cells aren't there to use. That's why the X25-E series are so expensive. They use SLC Flash with lots of additional, hidden capacity.


They only offer the 80GB SSD this year? One thing for sure, I wouldn't choose a new job only because of an Intel offering
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As to the rest of your post, very informative. I still don't think I like the idea of not have all my programs on the SSD. As to pagefile, I don't use it. Got plenty of RAM.
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Old 01-10-10, 12:22 AM   #235
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Grrr, I went through this with my last Windows 7 fresh install. How do I get my Hard Disk score back in the 7's? lol
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New Rapid Storage Technology drivers (v9.6) available at Intels website.
It's now possible to use TRIM for SSDs while having a HDD RAID array on the same controller.

Unfortunately still no TRIM SSD RAID support
Hmm... what do those drivers do? And do they do anything for standard hard drives?
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So it most likely wouldn't do anything for me, running standard SATA hard drives using IDE mode (not AHCI) without RAID.
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