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Ok so what SSD should i get for my OS and a game or two?

I really hope not to go over the price of $80 on an SSD but that is hard to find good quality SSD`s in that price range. I will mainly (ONLY) use it for my OS, Skyrim, and maybe another game that will perform much better on an SSD. So far i have found and have been recommended by others of three SSD`s so far and here they are below. Is any other SSD`s that are better for the price, please tell me.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167181&leaderboard=1

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148819

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147247&cm_re=samsung_SSD-_-20-147-247-_-Product
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  1. +1 Samsung 840 EVO

    P.S.: SSD only improves load times and map loads. It doesn't affect gameplay.
  2. I would second the 840 EVO.
  3. This Plextor M5S is 128GB and only $70: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820249024

    The 120GB 840 EVO was dinged by HardOCP for poor write performance. Any of these drives, however, would make an excellent OS drive, making general operation a lot more snappy.
  4. ksham said:
    +1 Samsung 840 EVO

    P.S.: SSD only improves load times and map loads. It doesn't affect gameplay.


    I was kinda hoping the Intel one was good. Is it a reliable one?
  5. Ferrariassassin said:
    I was kinda hoping the Intel one was good. Is it a reliable one?

    The Intel one is good. And it uses the MLC NAND controller over the TLC that the EVO uses. However, the EVO is almost two times faster in non-sequential reads. Intel one is faster at sequential reads, but when it comes down to it, the only one that matters is non-sequential reads.
  6. I haven't had any problems with my Samsungs yet for over a year now. On the other hand I have had 2 out of 3 Intel 320 series fail on me (one from a firmware bug in the 320 series that was supposedly fixed, they (Intel) even gave me a refund for my troubles with my second drive failure).
  7. Ok thanks guys, ill go with the Samsung. Also since the SSD will be for my OS what SATA slot do i plug it into and what one does my 1tb HDD go into? My MB is a AsRock H97m Pro4.
  8. Best answer
    SSD - SATA 3
    HDD - SATA 2 or SATA 3.

    Only SSDs currently take advantage of the speed provided by SATA 3. You can plug it into a SATA 2 port, but that would be restricting performance. A HDD barely even use up SATA 2 speeds so it's fine on SATA 2. You can plug it into a SATA 3 port because SATA is backwards and forwards compatible.
  9. ksham said:
    SSD - SATA 3
    HDD - SATA 2 or SATA 3.

    Only SSDs currently take advantage of the speed provided by SATA 3. You can plug it into a SATA 2 port, but that would be restricting performance. A HDD barely even use up SATA 2 speeds so it's fine on SATA 2. You can plug it into a SATA 3 port because SATA is backwards and forwards compatible.



    Oh ok thanks for the info man, btw how did you learn most of this stuff? Have you worked in the field or did you mainly teach yourself at home? Oh and my MB has 6 SATA3 connectors so i am good because i do not have any SATA2 lol. But anyways i was wondering what the 6 means? Here is what it says SATA3 6.0 Gb/s.
  10. 6Gb's transfer rate, equal to about 600MB/s
  11. Ferrariassassin said:
    Oh ok thanks for the info man, btw how did you learn most of this stuff? Have you worked in the field or did you mainly teach yourself at home? Oh and my MB has 6 SATA3 connectors so i am good because i do not have any SATA2 lol. But anyways i was wondering what the 6 means? Here is what it says SATA3 6.0 Gb/s.

    It means the speed of SATA 3. It's a bit redundant. It is there for people who don't know that SATA 3 runs at 6 Gigabit per second.

    I learned it by a little of both. Having experience with some of the products at work, reading benchmark tests, and just following the news. You can learn quite a lot if you just spend a bit of time in it. Of course, having interest in the field helps.
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