What exactly do you mean by the linked drives?
I meant the 2 drives that I provided hyperlinks to.
Would the single most beneficial upgrade in general be the SSD? Not specific to FFXIV but for games as a whole?
Oh, haha. /whoosh'd.
I guess you need to determine how much storage space you really want to make use of. You're always going to want a second data HDD just to hold pictures/music/videos/etc. I ended up going for the 160 (149 actually) GB SSD but in retrospect I could've done with less. I'm using 109 GB now and 38 of that is music because I didn't want to lose my music on my laptop if I didn't have my external plugged in. I'd be happy with the ~96-120 range, and would just be a bit more diligent about trimming out the programs I'm not using.
Again, I can't attest to SATA III, but I've been very happy with the SATA II connection in my laptop. About 35 seconds to cold boot windows including POST, and all my important programs like photoshop and flash CS5 start insanely quick, probably 2-3 sec for photoshop and 11 sec for flash (which if you haven't used before is a very low load time, lol). Plus, once the desktop is loaded, I'm essentially ready to go. Can start up firefox/chrome right away without waiting for all the background processes to finish loading into memory like on a HDD.
Well.. Don't really care a whole lot about FFXIV right now as much as I figured others who happened upon this thread would likely be most interested in how such upgrades would impact it. I'm just interested in general video game performance for the most part.
Ehhh, I'd say for gaming purposes outside of FFXIV, you're just not going to see that much of an impact. FFXIV is this odd special case of inefficiency that demands a lot of the CPU. There are other reasons to want to make the purchase, but at least for gaming I'd personally not bother. That's up to you though.
Fairly wishy-washy response, lol. It's really all down to how much you're comfortable spending. Wish I had firsthand experience with SATA III so I could say more about that and how it compares to SATA II.
in my last post, because you're the only one that seems to be getting rid of stuttering just with an SSD.
I'm just clarifying further that there is in fact a chance of it.
Generally speaking when one person makes a claim diametrically opposed to what everyone else is making and can't back it up with definitive proof, people will tend to not take that person seriously. If you can show that by merely changing from a 7200 RPM HDD to a SSD eliminates stuttering in towns while keeping all other system specs constant, then I'll take back everything I said. From my experiences, it did not. If more people were confirming your statements about SSDs eliminating stuttering, this would be a different story.
You should learn to stop being so offensive.
Try not to be so defensive? If you think this is me being offensive, you need to lurk more. Stronger wills have attempted to change my posting style over the last 21k posts. Edited, May 27th 2011 3:18pm by bsphil