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SSD for media PC?

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The HDD in my media PC is really loud!

Are SSD drives suitable for use in a media PC?

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Are you recording TV or just streaming it?

I have a small 60gb ssd in my media PC that is used for a boot drive, along with a 1tb hard drive to record tv. Any other media is streamed across the network from the home server.

I wouldn't want to use it to record tv to, i imagine that would kill it off pretty quick.

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Sorry should have said.

Nothing is recorded/saved to the media pc.

all my media is on my home server.

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Sure you can put on in it, but honestly it'd be pointless, get a more silent standard HDD instead, like a WD Green drive, and mount it with rubber fasteners if your case doesn't have rubber fasteners for it.

at most use a hybrid drive.

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I see no reason why you cant then, your boot up times should be a lot quicker and it will be silent. It will probably decease power usage a bit too.

I just have a small 60gb one in mine, didn't cost that much more than an Xbox game and its been great.

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Which HDD do you have? Are you sure it's just the HDD? There are tons of components inside your computer that may be louder than your hard drive.

But yeah, it's probably not a bad idea. In my media center PC, I only have one drive installed, and it's an SSD. As others have pointed out. plug in everything else on the network.

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Cant remember what HDD is in it, but its definitely the HDD, everything else inside its silent

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i run a 60GB SSD in my media center PC and everything else is on my server, They are only cheap, mines an OCZ Agility 3 - http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Storage/Hard+Drives+-+SSD/30GB+-+90GB+SSD/OCZ+Agility+3+60GB+2.5%22+SATA-III+Solid+State+Hard+Drive+?productId=47600

I think the muishkins are alright just make sur ethe firmware is up to date, I have had a few mushkins commit suicide on bad firmware.

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Samsung 840 128GB SSDs are around 100 bucks...

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you can get the above OCZ Agility 3, nice and cheap at the moment

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Unless you were storing media (which you're not), then I would definitely go SSD. Less noise, heat, power consumption, faster...

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SSD's are pretty brilliant. Just get a reliable one. I highly recommend Crucial, Intel or Samsung.

This one for example: http://www.crucial.com/uk/store/partspecs.aspx?IMODULE=CT064M4SSD2

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SSDs are no brainer nowadays - super performance, quiet, less power consumption (not that I care) and pretty affordable. samsung 830 or 840 models are no brainers.

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Sure you can put on in it, but honestly it'd be pointless, get a more silent standard HDD instead, like a WD Green drive, and mount it with rubber fasteners if your case doesn't have rubber fasteners for it.

at most use a hybrid drive.

A small 60GB SSD is worth around $40 nowadays, no reason NOT to use one for this application.

Samsung 840 128GB SSDs are around 100 bucks...

Overkill for this application. An HTPC that doesn't store anything locally doesn't need a super fast SSD nor an SSD that large. An older generation 60GB-80GB SSD can be bought for half the price and will have no noticeable difference in an HTPC.

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I'm running an OCZ Agility 3 60GB in my media center with no issues

It is also used for timeshifting TV (not recording)

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I'm running an OCZ Agility 3 60GB in my media center with no issues

It is also used for timeshifting TV (not recording)

Timeshifting is even worse than recording TV for an SSD. It's constantly recording data to the SSD so that it can buffer the last 15(?) minutes of TV.

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Timeshifting is even worse than recording TV for an SSD. It's constantly recording data to the SSD so that it can buffer the last 15(?) minutes of TV.

SSD's can handle more than you think, really. They'll last for years and years even when used for timeshifting.

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A small 60GB SSD is worth around $40 nowadays, no reason NOT to use one for this application.

Overkill for this application. An HTPC that doesn't store anything locally doesn't need a super fast SSD nor an SSD that large. An older generation 60GB-80GB SSD can be bought for half the price and will have no noticeable difference in an HTPC.

older generations may have firmware issues or other problems.... the newer the better with improved controllers.

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older generations may have firmware issues or other problems.... the newer the better with improved controllers.

The 840 is brand new. The last generation such as the 830, Crucial M4, and Intel SSD 320 are solid (with the latest firmware). The small capacity versions of them are extremely cheap (half the price of a 128GB 840) and will work exactly the same in this use case. No reason to spend the extra $50.

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I would recommend only the Samsung and the Intel ones... anything else is wonky as hell.... tons of bad things I hear about SF controller based ones.

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Went out and got one :)

silent now :) much faster too!

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what did you get?

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I would recommend only the Samsung and the Intel ones... anything else is wonky as hell.... tons of bad things I hear about SF controller based ones.

Crucial is perfect too. They have excellent reliability rates (no SandForce crap either).

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what did you get?

The agility one :)

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