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Old 10-11-11, 07:29 AM   #1
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Default Best 120 GB SSD for a max of $250?

Any recommendations?

By the way, is an SSD really worth it right now? I'll also have a Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB HDD. If I get an SSD, which is the best way to "organize" data? OS on SSD and everything else on HDD? If not, what else should I put on the SSD?
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Old 10-11-11, 10:52 AM   #2
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Any recommendations?

By the way, is an SSD really worth it right now? I'll also have a Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB HDD. If I get an SSD, which is the best way to "organize" data? OS on SSD and everything else on HDD? If not, what else should I put on the SSD?
Best SSD for max $250?

I think that OCZ has their firmware issues sorted out so I'd consider a 120GB Vertex 3 for $190 at Newegg. If you want to stay away from OCZ and SandForce controllers, the Crucial M4 greatly improved after they upgraded the firmware. It now competes quite well in most benchmarks. Intel's 320 and 510 prices are a little high, but I keep reading they're the most reliable.

Is it worth it?

Well, that depends on your budget. I was able to comfortably afford it so I purchased the Agility 3 240GB a couple months ago and I love it. Boot up time is cut in half. It's almost instantaneous to wake up from hybrid sleep in W7. My game loads and level loads in games has greatly improved. There is definately an "Observable" difference.

File Setup for 120GB SSD / 1TB HDD

SSD: OS, essential programs, Adobe, Office and current games. I'm finding that my W7 with Office, general applications and Adobe programs take up around 25GB. With a 120GB SSD, you'll have about 70GB for games. Depending on your game library, you may not be able to load every game on that drive. Stick with the current ones you pay where load time is important. I don't like to have my primary OS drive loaded to more than 75% capacity.

HDD: Media/Storage drive. Movies, Music, Photos, downloads, backups. Finally if you have non-current games you want installed, you can toss them on the 1TB drive if you have capacity.

Hope that helps
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I'm down to the Intel 510 Series 120 GB and the OCZ Vertex 3 120 GB. Intel is more reliable but OCZ is faster. Will the speed difference be noticeable between the two? If not, I'll definitely consider the more reliable drive.
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I'm down to the Intel 510 Series 120 GB and the OCZ Vertex 3 120 GB. Intel is more reliable but OCZ is faster. Will the speed difference be noticeable between the two? If not, I'll definitely consider the more reliable drive.
The observable speed difference between the Intel and OCZ will probably not be noticed. I would imagine if you put a stopwatch to OS load times and game loads, they'd be less than a second difference.
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Been using Intel 80GB SSD for few+ years now , anything with HDD seems very slow now , hate using somebody else pc .

Replaced my intel SSD with new Crucial M4 512GB , love it so far. Quick none scientific bench.

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The observable speed difference between the Intel and OCZ will probably not be noticed. I would imagine if you put a stopwatch to OS load times and game loads, they'd be less than a second difference.
Actually in the boot race thread my vertex 3 clocked 3 seconds faster than the 510 users. That put it at roughly 30% faster than the 510 in that department.
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