Re: Needing some advice on purchasing a new desktop

James Bentley

Hello Mary,

I could not agree with Chris more. An SSD makes a major difference in bootup time, opening programs, and intensive computing like virus scanning and file transfers.

The second drive may not be critical but they are convenient for storing audio, video, photos, etc. If you are on a budget, it is not too difficult to add a second drive to a desktop later when you have the money.


James B


-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of chris judge
Sent: Friday, November 1, 2019 12:17 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Needing some advice on purchasing a new desktop

Hi Mary. I recently purchased a dell XPS 8930. It has a sshd as the c drive for the operating system and programs, and a mechanical hard drive for data. I love the sshd, it makes things much faster. You will notice a huge difference regarding start up times, programs opening, etc. I don't think you will be disappointed.

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Mary Smith
Sent: November 1, 2019 1:51 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] Needing some advice on purchasing a new desktop

Hello listers, I'd like some advice regarding specs for a new desktop.
I've been doing a bit of research and I'm noticing that these days, some manufacturers are building systems with two internal hard drives. For example, some of the newer Dell machines use an ssd as the boot drive and a mechanical drive for storage. I'd like some opinions as to whether it would be better to go with this type of machine or to purchase something with just a mechanical hd as the main drive.

All opinions are welcome.


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