SSD vs RAM

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Hardware' started by richardhsm, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. richardhsm

    richardhsm New Member

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    I just picked myself up a used Thinkpad T410
    with i5core at 2.4ghz and 4Gb of RAM with a
    standard HDD & W7 x64.

    I don't do VMs
    I don't edit Video
    I don't process stupidly large RAW files (not
    again)

    The machine is primarily for processing a small
    work database that needs to be 'mobile' for
    barcodes.

    To improve performance (bang for buck) -

    Do I swap out the HDD for an SSD and pop the
    existing HD as a data backup in the Ultrapart Bay
    where the DVD is now ?

    OR

    Do I buy 4Gb x 2 RAM to max out the memory ?

    (When processing RAW files approaching 1Gb I
    do not recall ever going over 6Gb of memory
    useage - and it was slow and processor bound.
    Not a mistake I will repeat.)

    I'm leaning towards the SSD option. If so, do I
    buy another Intel...the one I've had is going
    good 2 years on with daily use or are all the
    major manufactures reliable these days ?

    Thanks. Richardhsm
     
  2. Rus

    Rus Senior Member

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    I did both. I increased my RAM from 4gb to 8 gb and bought a Crucial m4 SSD. Whenever I look I'm only using 15% of my RAM ever. Everything runs super fast and I'm a happy camper.
     
  3. Pauli

    Pauli Extraordinary Member
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    SSD is the word. In case you don't have immediate need: wait some months, by the end of this year prices will have come down and capacities will have gone up - that's actually an official announcement by OCZ.

    I got myself a OCZ Agility3 SSD 120GB, and I couldn't be happier! Windows 7 is ready after a few seconds. When I get my new build I'll have a second 120GB SSD where I will install my games.

    And memory is always what memory has always been: can't have too much of it. Eh? :cool:
     

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