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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #765 on: October 13, 2012, 09:46:38 am »
There won't be any compatibility issues that I am aware of. And there's no problem switching to Windows 8, but make sure you get some time with it before you buy. It's definitely different and you want to be sure you'll like it. If you've done this already, great! But yeah, nothing wrong with 8.

RockPaperShotgun released this article which gives a good rundown on how to shop for SSDs and what to look for and is what I've used as my reference. I took their recommendation on the Samsung 830 for a few builds I did for friends and they have had no issues. Their installs were also like yours, with the OS on the SSD and not much else. As well, the Samsung is touted to have superb longevity, which is what I usually shop for.

Otherwise just shop around and find the best price. Installation won't be much of an issue but you may want to check your motherboard's specs to determine if they are in need of an upgrade. For instance if your current motherboard is SATA II and you could make the numbers work to get the new SSD with a SATA III motherboard... that'd be a vast improvement.

Should be enough food for thought! Let us know if there's anything else. We're happy to help! :D

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #766 on: October 13, 2012, 04:12:32 pm »
Also, never, ever defragment an SSD. Ever.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #767 on: October 14, 2012, 02:05:32 pm »
Not sure if anyone's seen this, but:

http://www.raspberrypi.org/

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #768 on: October 14, 2012, 02:20:13 pm »
Everyone in the world ever has seen it. Ever.
No way dude, you're trolling me.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #769 on: October 14, 2012, 02:21:36 pm »
Kay, never mind then.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #770 on: October 14, 2012, 03:03:32 pm »
:)
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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #771 on: October 14, 2012, 05:01:02 pm »
I have one :P
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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #772 on: October 18, 2012, 06:22:39 am »
Also, never, ever defragment an SSD. Ever.

Why is that? What happens?

There won't be any compatibility issues that I am aware of. And there's no problem switching to Windows 8, but make sure you get some time with it before you buy. It's definitely different and you want to be sure you'll like it. If you've done this already, great! But yeah, nothing wrong with 8.

RockPaperShotgun released this article which gives a good rundown on how to shop for SSDs and what to look for and is what I've used as my reference. I took their recommendation on the Samsung 830 for a few builds I did for friends and they have had no issues. Their installs were also like yours, with the OS on the SSD and not much else. As well, the Samsung is touted to have superb longevity, which is what I usually shop for.

Otherwise just shop around and find the best price. Installation won't be much of an issue but you may want to check your motherboard's specs to determine if they are in need of an upgrade. For instance if your current motherboard is SATA II and you could make the numbers work to get the new SSD with a SATA III motherboard... that'd be a vast improvement.

Should be enough food for thought! Let us know if there's anything else. We're happy to help! :D

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #773 on: October 18, 2012, 07:30:17 am »
Also, never, ever defragment an SSD. Ever.

Why is that? What happens?

SSDs work very differently from HDDs. If I recall correctly, SSDs get automatically 'defragmented' when stuff is written to them. Plus, they have a maximum number of times you can read from and write to them, and defragmenting really cuts into that amount.
So it's not necessary and damaging to defragment an SSD.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #774 on: October 18, 2012, 06:52:38 pm »
Good site to check out if you're into computer hardware stuff!

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #775 on: November 01, 2012, 04:11:23 pm »
Anyone interested in getting their Windows 7 installation running at optimal levels should check out this video:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhzwIp8njV0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhzwIp8njV0</a>

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #776 on: November 20, 2012, 09:11:31 pm »
Are you guys watching Tek Syndicate yet? Come on!!

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lv60r_cS8kw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lv60r_cS8kw</a>

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #777 on: December 01, 2012, 02:42:38 pm »
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wnEcF9FoTE" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wnEcF9FoTE</a>

$550 gaming PC build to accompany the $350 video posted previously. Also, this next video is about building an ultra cheap system around $250.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NoONgFEUo8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NoONgFEUo8</a>

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #778 on: December 02, 2012, 03:42:16 am »
Wait, for the cheap gaming rigs, he suggests not buying a video card and just using the on-board graphics card of the AMD processor. Have those advanced that much?

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #779 on: December 02, 2012, 09:51:25 am »
A lot of the newer Macs use on-board graphics processors, and they work amazingly well. So I think the same can be said for PCs.