SSD Choice

I am looking mainly to install the OS- Win 7.

I figured the 120GB area is a good place as I have around a $200 budget.

What is the difference in Nand, SF-2000 or SF-1200, & does Sata III make a big difference, or what does, so I can differentiate?

Based on very little research this is my scratch pad/shopping list Priced from $1.55 to $2.49 per GB.......on Newegg of course:


Crucial C300 128GB - $199 or approx $1.55/GB

Intel 320 120GB - $229 or approx $1.90/GB

OCZ Vertex3 120GB - $299 or approx $2.49/GB

G. Skills Pheonix Evo 115GB - $209 or approx $1.81/GB


Please advise on which one you'd buy, if any of these, but remember I'm in the $200 price range and $299 is on the very high end for me on this.
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  1. What motherboard do you have? Does your motherboard have SATA II (3 Gb/s) or SATA III (6 Gb/s) ports? The type of SATA ports makes a difference.

    Currently the Crucial C300 is probably the best value for the money.
  2. Asrock P67 Extreme 4 (B3)
  3. ^+1 to JohnnyLucky...

    The C300 is the best value, while the OCZ Vertex 3 is the better all around drive. You can't really go wrong with either drive. They all will provide an nice increase over any mechanical drive (even the worse SSD).
  4. Your motherboard has two SATA III (6 Gb/s) ports so the Crucial C300 which is SATA III (6 Gb/s) capable is definitely a very good value for the money. :)
  5. Its $254 on Newegg & what is the difference between that and the $269 unit?

    I'm sure I've seen this for like $199. Isn't $2/GB kind of high?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148348
  6. The $199 was a sale Newegg did, which looks to be over now. Based on it's current pricing, the OCZ Vertex 3 is the way to go.
  7. This is my first build, and by far the SSD had been my hardest decision to make.

    I still can't make up my mind, it's the price performance issue that's getting me.

    Can someone just chose for me as Newegg has a 10% off coupon today and I'd love to use it.

    Thanx
  8. I just checked the newegg special sales and the regular listings. Both the OCZ Vertex 3 and the Crucial C300 120 GB ssd's are out of stock! :(
  9. Johnny,

    Can you provide links to these, for some reason I may not be looking at the same products.

    Thanx
  10. Here is the link to the newegg home page:

    http://www.newegg.com/

    In the left hand column near the top there is a link to the latest email specials:

    http://www.newegg.com/emailpromo/?cm_sp=ShoppingGuide122710_email-_-ShoppingGuide122710-_-http%3a%2f%2fpromotions.newegg.com%2fhomepage%2fblackNov10%2fbnr_homeLinkList_email.png

    You can also subscribe to have the email specials sent to you.

    On the right, also near the top is a link to the 48 daily deals:

    http://www.newegg.com/DailyDeal.aspx?name=DailyDeal

    Finally, here is the link to the web page showing all of the SATA III (6 Gb/s) solid state drives that newegg sells:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100008120%20600038519&IsNodeId=1&name=SATA%20III

    Scroll down to th bottom of that page and you will see that the OCZ Vertex 3 and Crucial C300 120GB ssd's are out of stock.
  11. Keep checking stock status daily, Newegg runs out and resupplies SSDs quite often.
    Don't be tempted to get the 64 gb Crucial, like I did, if you can afford the 128 gb, write speeds are doubled on the 128.
  12. Ok, I'm done racking my brain on SSD's. This question should be much easier for all of you...

    My mobo came with 4 sata III cables, are they safe to use on sata II?

    Can I use these with sata II like my HDD which is clearly sata II?

    Also, what about the dvd is this connected via sata II also?

    Thanx
  13. Yes, SATA III cables are backwards compatible with SATA II devices. :)
  14. These are probably stupid questions, but the fear of frying my mobo is much worse....

    I have 4 fans in my tower.

    My mobo has 2 chasis fan connections and 1 power fan connection. I'm a little confused on the setup as the mobo book is not very informative.

    The 2 front fans are 120mm and seem to have a molex connector, can I jump these 2 together and attach to a power source, or do they need to go to the mobo somehow?

    If yes, that leaves the top fan 140mm and the rear fan 120mm. Is this where my 2 fans will connect to the mobo chasiss fan connections? How do I know which one is the power fan?

    As a general fan question, is there anything I need to watch out for, or is it safe to connect these together as long as they are the right connections?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157229

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147107

    Thanx Again
  15. You can connect the fans to the Molex connector. This is my preferred method over trying to connect to the motherboard. You can connect more than one fan to a single molex connector and be safe.

    Here are two links I recommend looking over before your build...
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/274745-31-step-step-guide-building
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261145-31-perform-steps-posting-boot-video-problems
  16. I had a $20 coupon for the Vertex 3 that brought it to under $300, but shipping date is the 14th next month. They are selling them on back order for $309. I think Amazon has them for $299 in stock.
  17. pjmoses said:
    I had a $20 coupon for the Vertex 3 that brought it to under $300, but shipping date is the 14th next month. They are selling them on back order for $309. I think Amazon has them for $299 in stock.


    I found it on Amazon for $308 ships in 1-3 weeks. I can't wait that long and such a hefty price at $2.56/GB.

    I think I'm settling on the Plextor PX-M2 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820249010 with a 10% off coupon that's $1.96/GB.

    Unless someone wants to talk me out of the Plextor?
  18. To add to Techmos' words, I only use the mobo fan pins for components. All of my case fans are connected by molex, which has them running at 100% all of the time. If noise is an issue, I put on some good tunes. Fan controllers are relatively cheap, and a good option for controlling case fan speeds if you feel a need to do so.
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