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April 1, 2014 10:06:39 PM

Hey,

I just got an email from Newegg promotions and there's some great SSD's for a good price. I plan on using it for booting and I want to snag one if they're worth the deal. So please let me know what you think..

- Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB ~ $65.99 ~ MSRP: $109.99
- Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 240GB ~ $109.99 ~ MSRP: $164.99
- ADATA Premier Pro SP600 128GB ~ $64.99 ~ MSRP: $109.99

Are any of these worth the discounted price? If not, that's okay. I'd rather not waste my money. Also, my motherboard is the ASRock Fatal1ty FX990 Killer and my processor is the AMD Vishera 6300 6-Core processor. I'm fairly new to SSD's, but would I need to reinstall Windows in order to have it boot from the SSD?

Thanks. :) 

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a b G Storage
April 1, 2014 10:39:34 PM

I don't know where you are in the world, but Crucial's M500 240 GB and Samsung's 840 EVO 250 GB have been in the $120 to $140 range. The Chronos is really tempting at $110, but it's using slower asynchonous NAND. The Deluxe models use faster Toshiba Toggle. Chances are you won't notice the speed much anyway, but caveat emptor.

Regards,
Christopher Ryan
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April 1, 2014 11:09:03 PM

cryan said:
I don't know where you are in the world, but Crucial's M500 240 GB and Samsung's 840 EVO 250 GB have been in the $120 to $140 range. The Chronos is really tempting at $110, but it's using slower asynchonous NAND. The Deluxe models use faster Toshiba Toggle. Chances are you won't notice the speed much anyway, but caveat emptor.

Regards,
Christopher Ryan


As stated in the OP, I'm new to SSD's, so I've not kept an eye on prices. I've been looking around in possibly buying one, but never actually took a closer look. I just got the Newegg email promotions and I saw those 3 and was wondering if either were worth the steal or just save my money. I've got a somewhat budget, but I'm able to make things work.

Also, can you answer - if I install an SSD for my Windows booting, will I need to reinstall Windows?
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a b G Storage
April 2, 2014 12:40:32 AM

TDUBS said:
cryan said:
I don't know where you are in the world, but Crucial's M500 240 GB and Samsung's 840 EVO 250 GB have been in the $120 to $140 range. The Chronos is really tempting at $110, but it's using slower asynchonous NAND. The Deluxe models use faster Toshiba Toggle. Chances are you won't notice the speed much anyway, but caveat emptor.

Regards,
Christopher Ryan


As stated in the OP, I'm new to SSD's, so I've not kept an eye on prices. I've been looking around in possibly buying one, but never actually took a closer look. I just got the Newegg email promotions and I saw those 3 and was wondering if either were worth the steal or just save my money. I've got a somewhat budget, but I'm able to make things work.

Also, can you answer - if I install an SSD for my Windows booting, will I need to reinstall Windows?


No, but it depends. If it's Windows Vista, 7, or 8, it's not a big deal. A cloning program like Acronis True Image or a similar software suite can migrate an existing HDD OS install to a SSD with no drama. If it's XP, don't bother. Install a newer version of Windows. 4 KB aligned Windows XP installs are hard, cloning from an existing XP installer are ridiculous. To correctly align an XP HDD to SSD migration requires specialized software.


Regards,
Christopher Ryan

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April 2, 2014 2:06:23 AM

cryan said:
TDUBS said:
cryan said:
I don't know where you are in the world, but Crucial's M500 240 GB and Samsung's 840 EVO 250 GB have been in the $120 to $140 range. The Chronos is really tempting at $110, but it's using slower asynchonous NAND. The Deluxe models use faster Toshiba Toggle. Chances are you won't notice the speed much anyway, but caveat emptor.

Regards,
Christopher Ryan


As stated in the OP, I'm new to SSD's, so I've not kept an eye on prices. I've been looking around in possibly buying one, but never actually took a closer look. I just got the Newegg email promotions and I saw those 3 and was wondering if either were worth the steal or just save my money. I've got a somewhat budget, but I'm able to make things work.

Also, can you answer - if I install an SSD for my Windows booting, will I need to reinstall Windows?


No, but it depends. If it's Windows Vista, 7, or 8, it's not a big deal. A cloning program like Acronis True Image or a similar software suite can migrate an existing HDD OS install to a SSD with no drama. If it's XP, don't bother. Install a newer version of Windows. 4 KB aligned Windows XP installs are hard, cloning from an existing XP installer are ridiculous. To correctly align an XP HDD to SSD migration requires specialized software.


Regards,
Christopher Ryan



No worries, I've been past XP since the release of Windows 7. I'm currently on Windows 7 Professional, so I may look into Acronis for migrating.
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a b G Storage
April 2, 2014 2:57:55 AM

TDUBS said:
cryan said:
TDUBS said:
cryan said:
I don't know where you are in the world, but Crucial's M500 240 GB and Samsung's 840 EVO 250 GB have been in the $120 to $140 range. The Chronos is really tempting at $110, but it's using slower asynchonous NAND. The Deluxe models use faster Toshiba Toggle. Chances are you won't notice the speed much anyway, but caveat emptor.

Regards,
Christopher Ryan


As stated in the OP, I'm new to SSD's, so I've not kept an eye on prices. I've been looking around in possibly buying one, but never actually took a closer look. I just got the Newegg email promotions and I saw those 3 and was wondering if either were worth the steal or just save my money. I've got a somewhat budget, but I'm able to make things work.

Also, can you answer - if I install an SSD for my Windows booting, will I need to reinstall Windows?


No, but it depends. If it's Windows Vista, 7, or 8, it's not a big deal. A cloning program like Acronis True Image or a similar software suite can migrate an existing HDD OS install to a SSD with no drama. If it's XP, don't bother. Install a newer version of Windows. 4 KB aligned Windows XP installs are hard, cloning from an existing XP installer are ridiculous. To correctly align an XP HDD to SSD migration requires specialized software.


Regards,
Christopher Ryan



No worries, I've been past XP since the release of Windows 7. I'm currently on Windows 7 Professional, so I may look into Acronis for migrating.


Some drives ship with utilities for migrating to a SSD from an existing installation. Intel ships with a simple, cut down Intel-only version of Acronis, some drives come with a key to True Image HD, while Samsung makes their own utility. In addition, there are plenty of free programs. Check out clonezilla, but keep in mind there may be some easier to use free solutions out there.

Regards,
Christopher Ryan

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