A solid state drive will help with file loading times and general web browsing. That's the most common way to explain what it does. I myself like the Auzentech Prelude. It's an optical disc drive that you can write your own files to a multitude of blank media types, CD/DVD & Blu Ray discs. Best way I can describe it. Can also play Blu Ray movies in the drive. You are totally wrong there. You shouldn't experience ANY downgrade of FPS because if your going higher resolution, the gpu will start doing "more work". Go up to a 20" 1600x900 panel like myself, at this resolution i have even found myself that a 4870 was a perfect match. In comparison to my own rig, I only upgraded gpu recently to accomodate the 1080p aspect of the 42".