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SSD debate! What size is right for me? for you? for anyone?

Dravack 456 91 May 6, 2016 at 09:49 PM
I see no reason this can't be a resource to others. So feel free to chime in with other responses other than to my particular problem.

I purchased some new hardware for a new pc finally been about 8 or 9 years since I built my old machine. With the price of SSD so cheap now. I want to put one in as my main drive for windows and whatever else.

My problem is I can't decided which size I should get. From what I read the Samsung 850 evo is the best ssd out there for the money with the pro being only slightly better. My delima is do I really need the 500gb?

It doesn't really speed up games any except for load times. Mostly it would be for the OS and maybe a tiny bit of video editing and streaming. I can't think of anything else I do that would benfit from the SSD. Thoughts?

I'm leaning towards the 250gb for $90. But, part of me thinks the 500 gb will go back on sale come like july 4 or something similar. Apparently it was recently for like $105. Is it worth waiting?

EDIT: I would have a second drive for most if not all games 7200 rpm hdd.

EDIT EDIT: This is my mobo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6813130874 would it be better to run a pci/m.2 ssd over the standard sata?

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Depends what you run, but I am of the opinion that with Windows updates, videos\video editing, music, photos\photo editing, programs like SQL Server and MS VS and the like, the bigger the SSD the better. Right now the 2 TBs are ludicrously expensive, but on a cost per GB basis, the 1 TB SSDs are no more expensive than the 500 Gbs and in many cases a little cheaper per GB.

Personally, for a main machine, I would never get anything less than a 500 GB and if you can afford it, get a 1 TB drive as the extra space for expansion can not hurt. If it is just some low end laptop or machine used for browsing and email, then you can get away with a 256 GB or even a 120 GB. But for anything serious get enough so that Windows and all your applications and data can run on the SSD.

My 2 cents.
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i say 250
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It doesn't really speed up games any except for load times. Mostly it would be for the OS and maybe a tiny bit of video editing and streaming. I can't think of anything else I do that would benfit from the SSD. Thoughts?
That's the whole point of an SSD, increase load times. Games are the #1 thing since they usually take a while to load. High end programs like Photoshop would benefit. If you are playing mostly multiplayer games you may not notice a difference since most of them make everyone play at the same time. Like in Battlefield whoever loads in first is frozen in place until everyone else loads. But for single player games you would notice a huge speed increase, as much as 50%.
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That's the whole point of an SSD, increase load times. Games are the #1 thing since they usually take a while to load. High end programs like Photoshop would benefit. If you are playing mostly multiplayer games you may not notice a difference since most of them make everyone play at the same time. Like in Battlefield whoever loads in first is frozen in place until everyone else loads. But for single player games you would notice a huge speed increase, as much as 50%.
hmm good to know. So for OS and basic things like that the 250 gb should be fine. If I want to add games or have a second one for games go 500 gb. Seems reasonable. Do you think it's worth it to buy a m.2 ssd?

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i say 250
Yeah that's what I'm leaning towards. Mainly because I'm impatient and I don't want to wait for the 500 to come back down to the $100 price range. I'll just pick one up later when they go on sale for my SP games.
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One final question for you guys. Would I notice a difference in performance between the Samsung 850 evo and the sandisk g25?

http://slickdeals.net/f/8722519-sandisk-240gb-ssd-drive-for-52-65-fs-and-no-tax-or-ocz-240gb-ssd-for-about-the-same?v=1&src=SiteSearch

Apparently, they are around $30 cheaper on jet or $20 cheaper on amazon. The 30 is tempting. Never used jet though. Couple other deals might be had on there. Going to poke around just curious how much better the Samsung is.
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i would get rid of cable for lower latency.
used m.2 over new sata.
this used pcie m.2 ends in few minutes http://www.ebay.com/itm/Samsung-S...1985702867
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-li...dition=new
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hmm good to know. So for OS and basic things like that the 250 gb should be fine. If I want to add games or have a second one for games go 500 gb. Seems reasonable. Do you think it's worth it to buy a m.2 ssd?

I have a 256. Would be nice to have a 500. But in reality for the past 2 years I've done 99% only league of legends on it. ALl my online friends say they're getting the new games, and when a game does release they will play it for a month at the most, but everyone comes back to LoL. So for me 256 is enough.
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i would get rid of cable for lower latency.
used m.2 over new sata.
Realistically the lack of cable itself won't make a noticeable difference.

Nothing wrong with M.2, they're often cheaper. M.2 does require more care handling to prevent esd damage.

For the typical home user, 256 gb is good price point. Supplement with spinners as needed. Typical corporate environment, at least some SSD SAN caching is required. If you put SSD in workstations, for most users 64GB would be enough. Some users in marketing and engineering would likely need larger drives unless the network is fast enough.
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i would get rid of cable for lower latency.
used m.2 over new sata.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-li...dition=new
Is this the best m.2 you'd recommended or should I go with the evo?

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-850...50+evo+m.2
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Speaking of which can my MOBO support the Samsung 850 evo m.2??

From my MOBO page "1 x M.2 port (PCIe 3.0 x4)
M.2 port supports 4.2cm/ 6cm/ 8cm length module"

From Samsung page "Dimensions & Weight

Height

2.30mm

Width

22.00mm

Depth

80.00mm"

I assume by depth the actually mean length? which is the 8cm yes?
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from the "deal" perspective, get the 850 evo, since it's your first SSD, and may not feel the speed different of TLC vs MLC. then MLC has less demand, it will be cheaper when i need one. LMAO

if i were you, went all the way to get that motherboard supports pcie m.2, i will choose pcie over warranty, not saving few bucks. and maybe a better resell value, maybe lots people using sata now may want pcie later.
i guess
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from the "deal" perspective, get the 850 evo, since it's your first SSD, and may not feel the speed different of TLC vs MLC. then MLC has less demand, it will be cheaper when i need one. LMAO

if i were you, went all the way to get that motherboard supports pcie m.2, i will choose pcie over warranty, not saving few bucks. and maybe a better resell value, maybe lots people using sata now may want pcie later.
i guess
Is there an easy way to tell if it's tlc, mlc, or SLC? I'm in mobile right now. From the article I pulled up it seems mlc is better?

Please give some more information in noob speak. I only slightly grasp this. Haven't built a computer in over 8 years and ssds didn't really exist back then. So learning it all now on the fly.
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roughly 256, 512GB is more likely to be MLC than 240/250/500

i wouldn't worry about that, the gap is so little,
i worry more about if you really have more than 250gb program that needs to install some on HDD, this seems is your original question,

maybe i would choose whatever deal is currently on front page, doesn't matter it's 2.5" SATA or m.2, wait for your 850 evo 500 deal. since cloning to new SSD is very easy, and has a chance to feel if there's any different between SSDs.
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