SSD Or A New Games? - Indecisive'ness

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KoutaFG
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Kind of need help deciding heh, looking for just suggestions or something I might not of thought of yet, any help would be nice.

I've been thinking about getting a SSD off an on now for a while and well, I don't have a lot of money and right now I am trying to decide if I should go ahead and get the Crucial M4 128GB SSD or instead, go get Guild Wars 2 and BoarderLands 2.

The reason I'm having issue with deciding is because well, as a hobby, I make random things in the 3D program Blender, I want to get pretty good at it, even to the point were I might start making money off of what I make, I've been wondering if a SSD would help render times, few friends have mentioned that their system sped up quite a bit too when they got one, so I'm really thinking about getting one, instead of getting a game but!

I've read a lot of reviews that SSD's are still not lasting very long, on the one I'm thinking about there are people that say they've died after 8 months and others that say they've died after a week, so are SSD's really worth getting right now or is that tech still going through some rough bumps still?

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so to put it more simple is upgrading to a SSD worth 1 or 2 games?

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I would get an SSD. Most, if not all SSDs, have warranties... limited lifetime or multiple years depending on brand. In few months, Guild Wars 2 and Borderlands 2 should drop in price. I know how cool it is to get the hottest game just when it comes out, but I usually wait for sales or big discounts when i buy games. Good luck!

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SSD are really faster but if your rendering is CPU intensive as 100% of the cpu is working when on hdd, i don't think it'll be faster cause it's your CPU that bottleneck... however if you render and your cpu is alway at 20% usage and HDD always in use then a ssd would speed up the process for sure and would use your CPU at is max !!!

For me, i prefer quantity for now (have 2 X 1TB + 2 X 250gb in raid 1 for windows + 2 X 500 Gb Lacie Rikiki USB 2.0) but i will surely change to a single 240-256 SSD soon for windows and my programs as the price still drops everyday...

If your rendering don't take too much space, you could creat a "RamDisk" it's like a usb sticks but in your ram (speed are faster than sata3, like 9-10Gb/s) really really fast and you still can put him more ram for that purpose and once your rendering is finished, then copy rhe file to a HDD or DVD, etc... That method work really well for me in rendering my videos or Fraps recording however you're limited to use only the free space (for me i'ts 4 to 6 gb as i have 8gb total) but you could buy another 8gb kit and have like 12-14gb free...

There's a freeware limited to 4gb but you can try it and if you like it, it's only 19$ for non-commercial use ;)
http://memory.dataram.com/products-and-services/software/ramdisk

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Yeah, I never looked to see if blender ( The program I render in ) bottled necked my CPU, it would appear it does, though that almost seems crazy that it uses all four 3.0ghz cores at 100% I'm wondering if it actually uses all the cores or not.

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It would seem blender is using all 4 heh, I might have to start looking into a 8 core cpu now x_x

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does blender can render using GPU ??? that will speed the process more too...

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I would go with the SSD so you can make more money to buy games!

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spawnkiller wrote:does blender can render using GPU ??? that will speed the process more too...

I honestly don't know, not sure how I'd find that out either heh.

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I tried to see a way to get blender to use my GPU over my CPU, I couldn't find a way.