so, i'd like an SSD for xmas but i dont know which one. theres a crazy multitude of choices.
its gonna be used for OS and a few games, so i was thinking maybe 60-80gb?
price limit: $175ish, willing to bend a bit if its worth it.
Crucial C300, GSkill Phoenix Pro or OCZ Vertex 2 are all close to equal with the C300 being just a bit the fastest. I would spend the extra $$ on a 120GB model. Mine has Windows, Office and other programs and the games I am playing now and I only have about 25GB free.
It's worth noting that a C300 without TRIM is a bad idea too. Most SSDs don't need it because they are capable of restoring performance slowly when idle, but the C300 is very poor at this. I would not use a C300 on anything but Windows 7 or Linux (and OSX if it supports TRIM).