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    Re: First Time Gaming Rig (~£1000)

    No you're not limited to the number of times you can install windows just the number of pc's you can install it on.

    Easy way to do it would be to create a partition on the hard drive when you're installing windows and put the OS on that, if you make it 60gb you can then later ghost that partition onto a 60gb SSD

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    Re: First Time Gaming Rig (~£1000)

    I see, thanks for clearing that up. I think that about covers everything then. I appreciate all the advice everyone gave. Hopefully everything goes well. =]

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    Re: First Time Gaming Rig (~£1000)

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    OCV vertex 2e 60gb £91 http://www.scan.co.uk/products/s60gb...-write-275mb-s I'd still have a hard drive as well as 60gb will fill up very fast if that's your only drive esp once you install a few games.
    There is no one best way to install things, however for me personally i wouldnt even consider installing anything much other than Windows, and perhaps a few core applications on the SSD.
    From my perspective the point of the SSD isnt about fast boot times, as you can always just put the kettle on, however its about system responsiveness - what happens when you press the Start / Windows icon, Alt-Tabbing out of a game, launching a few firefox windows etc... all of which of course also requires RAM, however these are the situations when having an SSD makes your computer feel fast, not whatever benchmark it gets.
    Have the games on the HDD, who cares if going in to a game takes an extra 10 seconds or whatever, as in a typical game (eg Battlefield BC2) the game isnt any more or less responsive depending on if its loaded from an SSD or HDD.

    For great value the Kingston V100's (64GB) are £75 from ebuyer, else go for an OCZ / Corsair with the Sandforce controller (60GB) for around £90 from Scan. Further up the chain is the Crucial C300, with a great deal on the 128GB version for £150 right now... however i see little reason to get the higher capacity, given my views above.
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    Re: First Time Gaming Rig (~£1000)

    Quote Originally Posted by MSIC View Post
    For great value the Kingston V100's (64GB) are £75 from ebuyer, else go for an OCZ / Corsair with the Sandforce controller (60GB) for around £90 from Scan. Further up the chain is the Crucial C300, with a great deal on the 128GB version for £150 right now... however i see little reason to get the higher capacity, given my views above.
    I'd agree that 60GB or so is great for a typical user. I went for a 120 because I also wanted to use it for photo editing where having a fast temporary space can make quite a difference. I can also put small frequently used apps there so that day in day out it feels like a faster computer. I still have a large amount of unused space, but I think that's a good thing if there were any concerns about longevity.

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    Re: First Time Gaming Rig (~£1000)

    Quote Originally Posted by Pob255 View Post
    Umm I'd have a look at that review again if I was you, in the majority of the tests the Caviar Black comes out above the F3, only just but it does come out ontop.
    However I would agree with you on getting the F3 over the Caviar Black because while the difference is very slight but the cost is a chunk lower.
    Bah, that's what I get for being up over 24 hours...

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    Re: First Time Gaming Rig (~£1000)

    Quote Originally Posted by MSIC View Post
    There is no one best way to install things, however for me personally i wouldnt even consider installing anything much other than Windows, and perhaps a few core applications on the SSD.
    From my perspective the point of the SSD isnt about fast boot times, as you can always just put the kettle on, however its about system responsiveness - what happens when you press the Start / Windows icon, Alt-Tabbing out of a game, launching a few firefox windows etc... all of which of course also requires RAM, however these are the situations when having an SSD makes your computer feel fast, not whatever benchmark it gets.
    Have the games on the HDD, who cares if going in to a game takes an extra 10 seconds or whatever, as in a typical game (eg Battlefield BC2) the game isnt any more or less responsive depending on if its loaded from an SSD or HDD.
    Ummm that was my point, he was originally talking about an SSD instead of a hard drive, how quickly would you fill up 60gb if that was your only drive?

    To my mind an SSD is a nice addition however the cost and size means you still need a hard drive for space, esp if you have a load of games installed games will eat roughly between 6 and 10gb each (esp current major titles) if you set aside 20gb for OS and key programs you'll only get about 6 games on there before it's full.
    Ok you can be quite ruthless and get those numbers down but it will mean keeping tight rein on your files.

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    Re: First Time Gaming Rig (~£1000)

    The only thing I would suggest is a 2nd hard drive to install Windows on. Always best to have your OS and say Games on different hard drives.

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    Re: First Time Gaming Rig (~£1000)

    Quote Originally Posted by Pob255 View Post
    Ummm that was my point, he was originally talking about an SSD instead of a hard drive, how quickly would you fill up 60gb if that was your only drive?
    I wasnt disagreeing with you, although I could have phrased it better.
    The only thing I would suggest is a 2nd hard drive to install Windows on. Always best to have your OS and say Games on different hard drives.
    Right. Whichever you call your 1st or your 2nd, put Windows on the SSD and other stuff on the HDD.
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