So, over the holidays I ordered a new SSD for my PC, as I hadn't had one yet.
For the uninformed, SSD means Solid State Drive. It's basically a different kind of hard drive, better in every way barring storage space. They're much smaller, much faster, and harder to break.
Anyway, after a fresh windows install, I discovered the 'under-10-second boot time'. After installing chipset & video drivers its up to about 23 seconds. Compared to the 2 minutes of before, this is brilliant. Finding things on the hard drive has proven faster, formatting was faster, and pretty much everything's been better.
Basically, I love my new SSD. It's amazing, and now I've got a ton of hard drive sorting to do for my couple terabytes of data.