said by trparky:SSD's are great (I run one for my OS/App/Game drive), but capacity is too small and price is too high still. I'm also glad that software doesn't push hardware into being outdated (obsolete) so quickly like it used to. I gave up on PC gaming for a few years because I got sick of spending big money on upgrades just to have them not run a game well six months down the road. I actually came back to PC gaming because hardware seems to stay usable for a more reasonable amount of time. But I agree about HDD's and I really want to see SSD's increase in capacity and lower in cost (so that I can use them for data storage other than just for an OS drive).
As other people have stated already, for the vast majority of people out there their machines that they currently have do way more than really need it to do. If you take a look at most user's machines and look at the raw CPU usage numbers you'd probably find that the CPU is tapping its "virtual foot" while being completely bored out its silicon mind. Yes, I know that CPUs are constantly doing something but that "something" doesn't even come close to maxing the computing capacity of the CPU.
It's not CPUs that are the biggest bottlenecks in today's computers. Not RAM. Not the system bus. No, it's the traditional HDD.
HDDs have not kept up with the speeds and data transfer rates that we have been demanding from them. So in reality... it doesn't matter if you have an old Core 2 Duo or a fancy new Core i7, the speeds of the machine are going to be roughly the same because of the limited data transfer speeds of the HDD.
However, if you put an SSD into the system it will take off like a rocket. SSDs can even breathe new life into an old Core 2 Duo machine and make it feel like a new machine again.