SSDs have gone down in price a lot in recent months. It's now possible to find 64 GB SSDs for less than £50. That means that the cheapest SSDs are now on the same level as the most affordable hard drives, in theory taking away any arguments for not including an SSD in your (new) PC.
A valid question is of course if you're not better off with a £100 128 GB SSD instead, and for most desktops and laptops that is indeed a better option. 128 GB is enough for your OS and your software, and for large media files you can add a conventional hard drive. However, if you know that you will only use a handful of programs, then a 64 GB SSD could be enough. This applies to simple office PCs, or an HTPC that retrieves all its data from a NAS in your home network.
The advantages of SSDs compared to traditional hard drives are well-known. Putting an SSD in your PC is the best upgrade you can give your computer. You will notice the performance increase much more than if you'd get a faster processor or more RAM. The advantage of a 64 GB drive over a 128 GB drive is of course the price.
There are also advantages of the 128 GB SSD over the 64 GB, aside from the storage capacity. The larger an SSD, the faster it performs. Since there are a lower number of memory chips in a 64 GB SSD, less can be accessed simultaneously, which means they are generally slower than larger capacity SSDs.
In this round-up we will find out how big that performance difference is between 64 GB and 128 GB SSDs, and which 64 GB SSD is the best choice. If you're interested in larger SSDs as well, you can read our recent round-up of 48 128 GB and 256 GB SSDs.