Intel 320 Vrs Crucial M4

Hey guys,

I am in the middle of creating a new build that some guys over in the custom build thread have been giving advice on. I did a lot of research before hand and I heard a lot of good things about the Intel 320 series. With a current $80 rebate, I can get the SSD for $320 at a 160 GB size. One of the guys looking over the build suggested the Crucial M4 instead because it was only $230, granted it is only 128 GB. So for those that know a good amount about SSDs, which would you prefer in your build? My other specs that you may need to know are....

GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Model #:GA-Z68A-D3H-B3
Item #:N82E16813128502

Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600
Model #:BX80623I72600
Item #:N82E16819115071

Kingston HyperX 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3K4/16GX
Model #:KHX1600C9D3K4/16GX
Item #:N82E16820104169
Return Policy:Memory Standard Return Policy

So what are your thoughts? All feedback is appreciated. You can assume that both prices are affordable and I can make due with the 128 GB. So which drive is better. And if the Intel is better, is it worth the extra money? On my current computer (which is 3 years old), I have a 160 GB raptor drive, with a 1 TB media drive behind it, and of that 160 GB, I am currently using 102 GB (although there is probably a fair amount of garbage I could uninstall or get rid of). I appreciate all feedback!
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  1. I would head over to to get the latest on SSD's.The M4 does not outperform its predecessor, the C300. You may notice the C300 is actually slightly higher than the M4. There's a reason for that..
    The Intel drives are still tops for reliability, and they are great performers too although you will pay for that.
    For me, I am waiting to get my hands on a Vertex 3 hands down the fastest for desktop. They run 260-270 for 120GB.
    After that I would look at the C300 and the Vertex 2.
  2. The SSD is going to be so fast anyways, that I really want a drive that is reliable. It sounds like the Intel may be the way to go for me. I am not so concerned with having the fastest SSD available. I just want it to always work and be a reliable fast drive, which it sounds like the Intel will do. Thanks for the advice :-)
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