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Worth getting an SSD to speed up my laptop?

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Alrighty folks, I'm considering the possibility of swapping the HDD in my laptop for an SSD one, in the hope that it will speed it up a bit and do me for another couple of years. I'm not really that clued up on them, but I know I want one that doesn't stutter. I'd be looking at either a 60 or 64GB one preferably under $400.

 

My laptop is a Dell Inspiron 1501 with an AMD Turion X2 1.6ghz, 2GB of 667 (max) and currently a 120GB Sata.

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You want one that doesn't stutter for under $400?

TBH, I haven't seen any that fulfill that specification.

If you have a cheap 120GB SATA now, you'll probably notice considerably improvement with a 7200 rpm standard drive. Nowhere near a SSD, but definitely no stutter at the price point you are looking for.

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I'd opt for a new laptop.

Faster CPU and drive with SATA2 would do you just as good as an SSD (per Tinny's comments).

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Get a new laptop ... the Turion isn't cutting edge mobile CPU tech and 2GB RAM is limiting.

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Cheapest 60G SSD worth getting is the OCZ Vertex, which, lucky for you has just dropped to around $350

 

There will be a slightly cheaper version (same controller, cheaper flash) called the OCZ Agility. Not sure how long till that one is available though.

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SSDs are fast and chew low power so you can be rolling for say like 30 minutes longer... or less depending on hardware + monitor...

They are quite expensive and i wouldn't bother.

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The Inspiron 1501 was the cheapy of the Dell fleet when it was new.

 

Now... jesus christ.

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The SSD doesn't have to stay in the old laptop. I would make a huge difference, and it can move to a new laptop when/if you can afford a new one.

 

I would wait a little longer however. SSDs are falling in price, and most of the 1st/2nd gen issues are being dealt with. I think post-Win7 (post-trim cmd) ie. end of this year. Will be the time for it. I think we will have good 120G SSDs for <$400 by this Christmas.

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