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SSD on a $90 budget. SATA 3 MoBo.

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April 26, 2011 11:44:04 PM

What do you guys recommend for my situation? Any help is appreciated as this is my first curstom build. I can wait and save up if it's worth it for a SATA 3 SSD.

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April 26, 2011 11:53:16 PM

Also, I prefer to purchase from Amazon. I have a decent amount of credit there.
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April 27, 2011 1:07:49 AM

Expect to pay about $2 per gb. A small ssd for the os and some apps is a good idea. Use a larger hard drive for storage and backups.
Windows-7 will take about 13gb without any effort at trimming.

Intel is today the best for reliability and problem free operation.
Look at the 320 series. The 40gb unit is in your price range, but get the 80 or 120gb unit if you can.
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-SATA-2-5-Inch-Solid-State-D...
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April 27, 2011 2:06:31 AM

Do not be seduced by high sequential benchmarks of the newer 6gb drives. The OS does mostly small random reads and writes, a task that any ssd does very well. If price is of no concern, then spend on a large gen3 drive. Expect that prices will continue to drop during this year and next, so dont plan on getting the latest and largest now. You can always add another ssd later.

As to the two you picked, I think 30gb is just a bit too small. I have used an Intel X25-V 40gb on a laptop which transformed it, but I did not need the usual amount of storage that a desktop usually needs.

In my opinion, stick with Intel. they have had a lower return rate in the past:
http://www.behardware.com/articles/810-6/components-ret...
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April 27, 2011 4:32:46 AM

Thanks for the help! :-)
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April 27, 2011 4:46:41 AM

$90 is not really enough for a useful SSD without finding a great deal. Wait for Sandforce SATA II drives to drop as more Sandforce SATA III's are produced.

You're really gonna want at least a 64GB SSD because some of the "64GB" ones only format as 51.22GB (25nm flash). Any smaller than that and the drive becomes non-functional. Consider you might only get 26GB with a "32GB" SSD.
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April 27, 2011 5:14:56 AM

O good I didn't know that. Thanks!
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