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Old October 21, 2012, 05:34 PM
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Okay, thanks for the info. You know, I might just go with the 128GB and skip the dual boot. I could always install Mint on a separate drive if I wanted to, right? I feel like I've seen people carry around their OS on a flash drive too, or am I making that up?
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Old October 21, 2012, 05:57 PM
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I also vote for a 120-128gb SSD, and use your 500gb for storage. Your uses will not benefit substantially from the better cpu.
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Old October 21, 2012, 06:02 PM
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120-128GB will be enough for most tasks and game installs even. I would go Intel or Crucial.
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Yes, but not much room left so I wouldn't recommend it.
Should only take up like half of the drive Windows x64 is around 30-35gb (although you can make it 20gb easy) and Mint is smaller than that. PLus drivers and you shouldn't even be 2/3 of the way through your drive.
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Old October 21, 2012, 08:34 PM
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Hmmm, okay, thanks for the added tips. PLus, I'm installing win7 x32, so that should even be smaller, right? Thanks again everyone!
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Old October 21, 2012, 08:37 PM
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CPU of course, SSD will just modify the loading speed of applications, with what you do, i recommend CPU,SSD is really for better boot time and loading time in games, you don't need one for youtube,word and other stuff.When launching photoshop,will be faster that's all..and everything that uses storage and file loading.
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Old October 21, 2012, 08:46 PM
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...and everything that uses storage and file loading.
is it not a big parts of what a computer is doing ? if you ask me a i3 with a SSD is more responsive than a i7 with a mechanical drive.
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Old October 22, 2012, 10:00 AM
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Question: I just found this SSD for $69 (after a coupon code is entered to get $30 off). Newegg.com - Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Stand-Alone Drive)

It's Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5" 120GB.

Is this a good one for my desktop build? The price is right, and the ratings are pretty darn good. Thoughts?
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I feel like I've seen people carry around their OS on a flash drive too, or am I making that up?
I've done that before with Fedora IIRC - it works but it's slow unless you are using a USB 3.0 flash drive that costs as much as the equivalently-sized SSD
Linux will perform better on a half-decent hard drive than on a USB 2.0 drive for sure.

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Question: I just found this SSD for $69 (after a coupon code is entered to get $30 off). Newegg.com - Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Stand-Alone Drive)

It's Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5" 120GB.

Is this a good one for my desktop build? The price is right, and the ratings are pretty darn good. Thoughts?
I have the exact drive in my main computer and I have no problems with it. I found it faster than my old Kingston V-Series Gen 2 drive of the same size. I doubt it's an issue for you but the "3K" means they're using lower-quality NAND rated for 3000 writes instead of 5000 in the not 3K version. Don't expose it to server/heavy workstation loads

You will want to check the firmware on it before installing stuff to it though. Make sure you have the firmware 5.03 or better with the TRIM optimizations.
Kingston HyperX / HyperX 3K 5.03 Firmware Update Released, Benchmarked | Custom PC Review
The firmware upgrade for me (from 5.02 to 5.03) was pretty painless - I actually performed it with an OS already on the drive, although I reinstalled my OS afterwards because I was playing with Windows 8.
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Old October 22, 2012, 12:23 PM
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Thanks for the tips, Frontier. I feel like I can't pass up a 128 GB SSD for $69, eve if it's not the best available. I appreciate you pointing me in the direction of the firmware upgrade.

I'm still unsure of if I want to dualboot win7 and Mint though. I feel like I could probably get both on it, but that it would severely limit space and I'd always have to keep an eye on how much room there is when loaded new applications...

Is it a dumb idea to install mint on the 500 GB HDD since i'd have to change the boot order to load it?

Thanks!

EDIT: I pulled the trigger on that SSD before the promo ended.
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