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I've got a chance to either get an SSD for my Dell E6410 (Win7 32, 4gb RAM, 7200rpm drive) or get more ram and upgrade to 64-bit windows 7.

I do a lot of development (.NET) and a lot of work with Office and Word.

Which would you choose if you could pick one?

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Worst case scenario, you start thrashing...on your shiny new SSD. – Louis May 30 '13 at 23:27
If I had the choice? RAM. It's significantly faster, has a quicker response time, can still be used for storage (RAM disk), and DRAM doesn't have a limited number of wires like flash memory cells do. – Breakthrough May 31 '13 at 0:37
@Breakthrough: wires = writes, right, or were you referring to something else? – Karan May 31 '13 at 4:30
@Karan indeed, good catch! – Breakthrough May 31 '13 at 11:14

I suggest getting the SSD. Your 4gb of ram should be enough to use development tools and office properly on a 32bit win7 machine. By upgrading from a hard disk to ssd you should notice a significant boost in bootup- and response-time – at least this is what I noticed on my pc.

Greetings David

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Do you need to pay or not?

If not, definitely choose SSD... Price is there... You can buy 4g ram 30-40 dollar anywhere, which is much cheaper than a SSD (even 128G ones)

In addition, if you are doing a lot of programming, and need to constantly use large programming tools like databases, eclipse, visual stadio, I do recommend you to upgrade your ram to 8g. Also, I recommend you to upgrade to 64bit windows7 even if you only have 4 gb ram

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As always, everything depends on your usage scenario. If you're working heavily with one of the recent Visual Studio editions and Office, and if you're doing a lot of multitasking or switching between multiple instances of Visual Studio - more RAM is definitely the way to go. If you're often building a project you might just like to set up a RAM disk for your output folder, for instance. (There are quite a few guides out there.)

An SSD will help you with really big projects and or lots of referenced assemblies or if you're only running one instance of Visual Studio. It will definitely help your build time if you can't go with a RAM disk. It's also a better overall choice, especially in regards to boot time or any application's start up time.

Whatever you decide, it will be better than before. I'd be more inclined to go with more RAM and a 64-bit Windows.

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