Originally Posted by assassin
I don't think you are seeing the full argument in the other thread. No one is saying that a HD is better than a SSD.
I think I am a bit more passionate and decisive on the issue. That is all.
For me it's night and Day.
My decision is only to build new PC's with SSD drives for the OS. My decision is only to own and use and operate PC's with SSD for the OS. The decision and final and absolute.
It's not worth my time or effort to bother with a PC without an SSD for any significant period of time or function. If it's something I am going to use at any siginificant period of time or consistency- then I must have an SSD.
If I can not- I choose to go without or not use a PC. It's really quite simple.
I don't mean to sound upity or a PC snob- but non SSD based OS installs and PC's are decidedly beneath me. I have neither the time nor the patience to suffer the complete horribleness that a HDD OS install provides.
Lags, hang ups, and generally poor/slow performance is frustrating. One thing I don't have any more of is time. My time on this planet is limited, and I am not wasting any period of my life waiting for a crappy PC any longer.
I have experienced both SSD and a HDD and I make the choice to never experience HDD again- I gladly make this choice.
If SSD prices doubled tomorrow I would continue to own, purchase and build PC's with SSD drives for the OS. It's still worth it to me.
I understand your concern is that people might see my comments and think or decide not to bother getting into HTPC because they can't or don't want to spend the money on a SSD. To that end- I would agree with you and say if someone has not exerienced and SSD before they would never know the difference and find the experience perfectly acceptable.
But- I think for anyone that has used a good modern PC with a good SSD drive would tend to agree with me.
I think anyone that has experienced SSD, the choice in the future is almost automatic. They would do it again over a HDD.
Sorry I am so passionate about this subject but I really do enjoy the performance of an SSD. I am so spoiled with my work and home PC's that anytime I try someone's normal laptop or desktop I find the experience clearly unacceptable to me.
This will never change untill all these slow PC's have been eradicated from this planet, and the performance bar of general population of PC's has been raised.
The current average household PC is probably a dual core laptop with 2.5" HDD or a dual core CPU based desktop on a 3.5" HDD. It's probably 70% laptop and 30% desktop mix on average.
That general median curve of performance on average is completely unacceptable to me.
It's horrible and slow. It's the sole reason why so many people like new tablets, and Ipads and all these strange little devices. It's because for an ordinary person with little PC knowledge- the equipment is already poor performance and it's made worse with poor set up- and maintaince. When these people get a new Ipad it seems fast to them and they are silly in thinking it's higher performance.
Give them a real PC like a SSD on SandyBridge Desktop or an Ultrabook SSD based Laptop and it would open their eyes totally and recalibrate the idea of "acceptable performance" vs "unacceptable performance"
I understand I am a bit ahead of the curve of normal people here, becuase I am an enthusiast and operate higher quality stuff daily. But the entire population will catch up in the next few years.
I have no doubt 5 years from now a non SSD based OS install and PC will be thought about like people think about dial up internet access now. Totally ancient and generally unacceptable in performance.
SSD is getting better, faster, and cheaper each day. It's already operating in a territory that HDD's can't go in terms of pure performance. That's never changing. It's only going to get worse.
HDD's are purely for storage only in my mind. I can not recommend in good consience to anyone- to use one for an operating system.
If you can't figure out a way to include an SSD into the equation your better off going without. I know we are going to always disagree on this, because you care if people get into HTPC or not. You want them to get into it, even it it means they must use a HDD to do it.
But I know better. I know how much better an SSD can be. So I think it's better off going without than using a HDD.
You can buy a 60GB SSD for $59.99 all day long. If you can't swing $60 to include one, save up untill you can- or just go without forever. That's how I think.
Sorry we disagree.