Originally Posted by assassin
Using a htpc on a green drive is not "unacceptable". Once you are inside wmc or xbmc the only thing you will notice differently is that large libraries maybe take 1-2 seconds longer to load.
Modern day green drives are pretty decent for htpc, actually. I have built multiple for friends and family that didn't want to invest in a ssd.
Now if you are used to using a ssd then maybe that isn't as clear cut. But to say broadly that its "unacceptable" just isn't true.
Honestly - I never got that far so you could be right.
I could not tolerate the set up process. Installing, restarting and configuring a new installation of Windows 7- with MS updates was unbearable.
It seemed like the PC would just freeze up- lag- and hang up periodically for no reason. On totall new and perfectly working parts. Good parts too. Brand names people use, (I have used before same WD drive, Asrock boards, Gskill DDR3 etc)
I realized it was the HDD that was the problem. It just performed much lower than my current expectations.
OS on HDD is a terrible user experience. You will never change my mind on that. Try installing any program, uninstalling any program and it's instantly noticable.
Honestly I just don't have the patience for when a PC hangs up and just appears stuck ...
Perhaps once mediabrowser is up and that is all your doing it might function OK as you suggest.
The problem is it sucks so much at the stuff I mentioned above I would never get to that point.
It's decided. No more HDD based OS builds for me. Period. Stop.
The decision for me is absolute and final.
A 200% increase in SSD prices could not sway this opinion the slightest. The performance to me is still worth it.
I can remember my first $250 120GB SSD I bought, and I thought it was well worth it then. Considering I can get a better one for $99 now there is no going back for me.
I usually agree with you Assassin, but this time my friend I am afraid I just simply can not agree.
I can't in good concience reccomend anyone a non SSD based build for any purpose today when you can get a 60GB SSD for $1 per GB ($59) without any sale or special buy needed to purcase from multiple large retailers.
If you can't afford the $60 for the SSD then either drop the price of other components, or go without.
THat is my reccomendation. The time and frustration alone of installing windows, updating, and setting it up to the final way you way on a normal HDD is not worth the $60 you spend. It's particuarly not worth it when you consider you might do it again with an SSD in the future. It's a total waste of time and effort (time is money). Better off doing it right the first time on an SSD, or just not doing it at all.