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You won't regret the SSD transition except that I think the drives are still pretty pricy. I just bought a 256 GB SSD to drop my OS and programs on, they are indeed amazing!

I'll be posting an update of my new build once I get everything put together.

Nice monitors. I'm also wishing for a two or three monitor set up. I really could use a multi-monitor set up when I'm juggling videos while producing.

Check out www.digitalblasphemy.com for some really cool multi-monitor wallpaper.

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Air silencer delete, warp drive, dilithium crystals, flux capacitor, Slingshot Rubber band power adder, Moonshine & Gas, Leaf Blower Supercharger, Hamster Wheel & Hamster, Energizer Bunny generating 1.21 gigawatts, Mr. Fusion® Home Energy Reactor, hover conversion and a sextant celestial navigation system (The original GPS)
Best 1/4: 1,320 nanoseconds @ 670,616,629.2 miles per hour

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Well I'm seeing a desktop in my future (Summer 2014) and I figured if I get a 500 GB SSD I could just transfer it over to the desktop and throw the stock 1TB back in the laptop and sell it.

It's a nice laptop, but I'm thinking about getting a desktop and get a dell business edition laptop (One of them ones with the 256 GB SSD, I7, and like a 10 hour battery life).

A nice build can be had for under 1200 dollars, I also build imaginary setups on PC Part Picker. Just toying with options.

And thanks for the website! I'm also looking for awesome wallpapers to have!

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IMHO, you don't need much more than a 250 GB SSD if you use it for your OS, which I think is the best way to utilize them to maximize longevity. At least in today's market when considering cost. The more free space there is by comparison to the used space, the better the cell load balancing algorithms can do their job.

Mine I have such a setup: a 250 GB SSD which holds just the OS. The page file and programs (500 gig), my backups (6 tb), my downloads/media (1 tb), and a "scratch volume" (500 gig) are all other hard disk drives.

As someone else who recently made the SSD transition (been about a year) I can say it is quite a spectacular progression. From the bootloader to my to desktop in about 8 seconds.

Have a read for some info about SSD reliability: http://www.storagesearch.com/ssdmyths-endurance.html

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I would do 250GB, but I only have one drive in my laptop. and I've used about 400 GB of storage out of the 1 TB. So I figured 500 GB would be perfect. I know that it's not very ideal, but I wouldn't have music or movies on it. I'll have a external HDD for that until I build my desktop.

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If it's all programs then I guess there's no choice; if it's personal data I might consider a USB powered 2.5" external HDD. You could buy a TB disk with the money you'll save downgrading to 250 from 500.

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It's almost all programs and such. Very little personal data. I have a USB 3.0 to SATA with a 1TB HDD that I use for personal data, movies, and music!

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I got Alienware and windows 8.1 a few months ago. Very happy with it esp since it is never ever shut off for more then a min lol. Its used for gaming only and has nothing stored on it that is not needed.
My aspire burned a hard drive and waiting to be fixed. Doing some upgrades on it and going to use it for my IDS2 system. It will stay with windows 7.
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Alienware ...

Windows 8.1 ...

Mods? Yea, I got mods ...
Air silencer delete, warp drive, dilithium crystals, flux capacitor, Slingshot Rubber band power adder, Moonshine & Gas, Leaf Blower Supercharger, Hamster Wheel & Hamster, Energizer Bunny generating 1.21 gigawatts, Mr. Fusion® Home Energy Reactor, hover conversion and a sextant celestial navigation system (The original GPS)
Best 1/4: 1,320 nanoseconds @ 670,616,629.2 miles per hour

"There isn't that much difference anymore between spacecraft, aircraft and modern automobiles..." - Keith Henry, NASA's Langley Research Center
See a list of my real mods and pictures of my car HERE. The true performance of my car was made possible by the Carolinas Crew Chief, RobertP at Rob's Tire & Auto.

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I've read that a lot. Have even seen others doing stuff I do with my comp and they have problems. Might depend on what you use it for (idk). Just know it works just as good as windows 7 for me lol.
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Some folks adapt better than others. I have had to support it on a few occasions. Once I figured out the windows + x hotkey for admin tasks, it wasn't as bad... But I still won't ever deploy it willingly.

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Just pay for start 8/8.1. It's not expensive at all and it makes it exactly like windows 7! I know, i know, people complain why they have to pay for something that should have came with windows 8.

I think that this is better than the 'Windows 8.1 start menu' bring back, this one is fully customized to your liking. I'm pretty sure it comes with a free trial so you can see if it works for you.

I also pair up Start 8 and DisplayFusion, which makes for a very nice windows 8.1 3840x1080 experience!

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Just pay for start 8/8.1. It's not expensive at all and it makes it exactly like windows 7! I know, i know, people complain why they have to pay for something that should have came with windows 8.

I think that this is better than the 'Windows 8.1 start menu' bring back, this one is fully customized to your liking. I'm pretty sure it comes with a free trial so you can see if it works for you.

I also pair up Start 8 and DisplayFusion, which makes for a very nice windows 8.1 3840x1080 experience!
Yea, I'm aware that there are plug-ins and add ons to get the start button back. I haven't looked at 8.1 my only experience with it was the 8.0 version that was on my dad's computer.

I sure as hell wouldn't pay for it though. There are free versions out there.

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Air silencer delete, warp drive, dilithium crystals, flux capacitor, Slingshot Rubber band power adder, Moonshine & Gas, Leaf Blower Supercharger, Hamster Wheel & Hamster, Energizer Bunny generating 1.21 gigawatts, Mr. Fusion® Home Energy Reactor, hover conversion and a sextant celestial navigation system (The original GPS)
Best 1/4: 1,320 nanoseconds @ 670,616,629.2 miles per hour

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It's all personal preference I guess. I lied, I actually have Start is back and it is 2 computers for 3 dollars. Display Fusion OTOH is 15 dollars, but I enjoy using it and would buy it again.

Windows 8 is a lot more stable in my experience, it boots much quicker and all around is a better performer than Win 7. I do use windows 7 on my old Core 2 duo laptop, and I enjoy that experience too.

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Had my gaming rig built for under $800 by iBuyPower, based in CA. You can always save a lot of money by building your own PC, but I got lucky with a big sale there and I would not have saved a large amount by building it myself, and plus I figured it was worth the little bit of extra of having them test it to make sure everything was running smoothly when I have nothing at home to test it. My brother saved a lot more when he built his himself and he said it was very easy to do.

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Looks like Daniel is due for an upgrade! I'm ditching the laptop and getting a Chrome Book with Ubuntu on it, and building my own PC! Getting the Processor and MoBo from a friend for 250$ because he's upgrading to an i7 and another motherboard.



or found at http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3xXWA

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Nice Rig! I so want dual or tripple monitors.

My build is still on the back burner until I get home for the summer.

Mods? Yea, I got mods ...
Air silencer delete, warp drive, dilithium crystals, flux capacitor, Slingshot Rubber band power adder, Moonshine & Gas, Leaf Blower Supercharger, Hamster Wheel & Hamster, Energizer Bunny generating 1.21 gigawatts, Mr. Fusion® Home Energy Reactor, hover conversion and a sextant celestial navigation system (The original GPS)
Best 1/4: 1,320 nanoseconds @ 670,616,629.2 miles per hour

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Yeah. My laptop is currently for sale and will likely cover most of the build cost. I will probably do quad monitors because we have 2 22 inch 1680x1050 monitors sitting at home that I will use just for fun!

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4 monitors? Dam, you better make sure you get a badass graphics card! (Looking at your list, you certainly have that, but I'd still be nervous lol) but I'm sure you've done the research on it.

Will your 700W power supply be able to handle everything you're throwing at it?
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Ive thought about building a pc to use for flight simulator. But then I saw how expensive it would be, and realized my money is better spent elsewhere.

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I should've spent the extra and got 16GB of RAM, but I figured anything over 8 was overkill. 8 works fine, but my brother has 16GB of RAM and those fast loading times sure are nice....
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Load times are dependent more on the storage media that the software you are loading is stored on rather than RAM. RAM doesn't help unless the software is already cached in the system RAM.

For example, if you call up some photos on your USB 2.0 flash drive, it'll take (for example) 8 seconds to load the entire contents of the directory including the thumbnail images of each picture. If you have those same exact pictures burned onto a CD, those images will take significantly longer to load. If you have those same pictures on an internal hard drive, depending on the specifications of the hard drive, it may be faster or slower than the USB flash drive. If you have those same pictures on an SSD, the load time will be significantly faster, 3 seconds, tops.

You can think of RAM like this: "how much can I have open at the same time?"

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Let's see; this is what I'm currently using:

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This is still the system I'm using mostly; although I've upgraded a bit...

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The 60°C thing in one of the views is because I was running euler3d, a benchmark app, in the background.

My system slows down for lower loads, so without that it would say 1516.3MHz, lol.

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How much did it cost you when you built it?

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OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 BIT - SP1

Monitor: A single HP w2408h 24" monitor at 1920x1200 resolution.

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Air silencer delete, warp drive, dilithium crystals, flux capacitor, Slingshot Rubber band power adder, Moonshine & Gas, Leaf Blower Supercharger, Hamster Wheel & Hamster, Energizer Bunny generating 1.21 gigawatts, Mr. Fusion® Home Energy Reactor, hover conversion and a sextant celestial navigation system (The original GPS)
Best 1/4: 1,320 nanoseconds @ 670,616,629.2 miles per hour

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See a list of my real mods and pictures of my car HERE. The true performance of my car was made possible by the Carolinas Crew Chief, RobertP at Rob's Tire & Auto.

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Come on Monkey. Get another w2408h.

Once you have dual monitors it makes you wonder how you lived without it. Productivity goes wayyyyy up.

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I would, but the 2408h is obsolete. I'd have to sell it and get a matching set of something newer - or keep it and add two more monitors for a tripple play. No doubt about increased productivity though ... I really want to add a second monitor to make my video production work easier with the addl. workspace.

Mods? Yea, I got mods ...
Air silencer delete, warp drive, dilithium crystals, flux capacitor, Slingshot Rubber band power adder, Moonshine & Gas, Leaf Blower Supercharger, Hamster Wheel & Hamster, Energizer Bunny generating 1.21 gigawatts, Mr. Fusion® Home Energy Reactor, hover conversion and a sextant celestial navigation system (The original GPS)
Best 1/4: 1,320 nanoseconds @ 670,616,629.2 miles per hour

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That's one thing I miss about not using my laptop anymore; the dual monitors. I would attach my PC's monitor to my laptops VGA port. That was awesome. When I can, I'm going to buy a new monitor for my PC. Maybe 3 so I can do Eyefinity .

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Load times are dependent more on the storage media that the software you are loading is stored on rather than RAM. RAM doesn't help unless the software is already cached in the system RAM.

For example, if you call up some photos on your USB 2.0 flash drive, it'll take (for example) 8 seconds to load the entire contents of the directory including the thumbnail images of each picture. If you have those same exact pictures burned onto a CD, those images will take significantly longer to load. If you have those same pictures on an internal hard drive, depending on the specifications of the hard drive, it may be faster or slower than the USB flash drive. If you have those same pictures on an SSD, the load time will be significantly faster, 3 seconds, tops.

You can think of RAM like this: "how much can I have open at the same time?"
I was referring more to gaming.... Doing research when I had mine built I was looking up RAM and the basic gist of it to me was that it improved loading times for gaming. I'll have to see where I read that....
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