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How to choose the right class of solid state drive for a new workstation

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I am trying to configure a new Dell desktop workstation. It is very confusing. I presently  have a class 40 1 tb ssd boot drive.  The model 5810 is probably the one I will purchase. The choices for hard drives alone is mind boggling to me. My most intensive programs are CorelDraw and Photoshop. What is the difference between class 40 ssd and class 50 ssd drives? This is only the first of probably several questions so that I get what I actually need with some headroom but not buy options that are for more intensive use such as cad/cam. I occasionally will use Camtasia to create and alter videos. I am happy now with c": = 1 tb ssd and the same thing for D:. I have 2 four TB high end drives in raid 1 mainly for onboard backup. From the raid drive the important files go to thumbdrives or blueray or dvd.
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As John suggested. Get the fastest + biggest SSD drive your budget supports.

You can always check Amazon using drive model number provided by Dell, to check/compare drive specs.

Or you can always call Dell + ask. Dell tech use to be stellar... last time I used them...
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Thanks and good luck choosing your SSD
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I definitely have the answer to my initial question. I have a related E-E procedure question that I would appreciate an Expert or Experts view on as far as "what is right and what is allowed".  Dell is interested in mainly making money on selling computers. That is fine, but I don't have very good luck in finding a person that can tell me what I really need without going overboard. I DO want some headroom but not to go crazy. The dilemma is: If I want to find an Expert HERE that will go to Dells website after the Expert knows my requirements and actually spec out the system I need based upon the initial model I want WITHIN what is considered a normal question  OR is it more proper for me to  offer to PAY an expert to do this for me? I do not want to be unreasonable in asking TOO much for what a normal person would expect for a monthly subscription.
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Thanks John for your Expert advice
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You are very welcome. I think you can pick your system from the above and good luck.

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