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SSD as boot drive: Question about Newegg deal

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June 28, 2011 12:07:23 AM

Hey guys,

I wasn't originally planning on including an SSD as a boot drive for my new computer build, but newegg has this deal running right now:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I noticed that the SSD is SATA II, but 96GB seems a pretty good deal for just over $100 after rebates. My build is going to be SATA III compatible. Any insight as to whether this drive is a good deal or is there something else I shoud consider? One that did catch my eye was the OCZ Agility 3 60GB, it's SATA III but smaller as far as capacity goes. About the same price after rebates:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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June 28, 2011 3:35:18 AM

I got mine last month when newegg had it on sale for $99.99 after mir and free shipping.

For individuals who think in terms of price per Gigabyte it is a bargain price - just a little over $1.00 per GB. Typical sale prices are around $1.50 per GB.

The Kingston SSDNow V+100 was orginally thought of as an entry level ssd. Several technical reviews have upgraded it to a mid-level ssd.

Since you are going to build a new system with SATA 6Gb/s capabilities I'd recommend getting a SATA 6Gb/s ssd. What is you price range or budget?
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June 28, 2011 6:14:51 AM

^+1

Crucial makes good SSDs, but their low capacity drives have crappy write speeds. However, this shouldn't be an issue for a small boot drive as most of your writing will probably be to a larger hard drive.
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June 29, 2011 3:04:10 PM

Since Windows 7 supports TRIM, I think I'd skip the Kingston even at a steep discount and either just go with a fast HD or spend a little more and get a faster SSD. I've had it about a month and am neither thrilled nor unhappy with the 96GB Kingston. The benchmarks that show basically mediocre random read/write performance are borne out in real life - for most uses, it's a lot faster, but not lightning fast. I'm using Vista so the "always-on" internal garbage collection was important for me, but that's irrelevant to you. Fwiw, the drive does support TRIM, but I don't know how it interacts with the internal GC. The drive simply doesn't support NCQ at all.
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July 4, 2011 12:51:20 AM

I'm butting in here,....

What's the sweet spot for price/performance/reliability/etc. for a good boot and app SSD? About 64 gig? From what I read it sorta looks like either the: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or the:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|20-148-441^20-148-441-TS%2C20-148-357^20-148-357-02%23

This will be for a new build with an ASRock z68, a i5 2500K, 8 gigs GSkill 1.5v, 9 timing RAM, MS W 7 HP 64 and a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And my old case, Power supply and PNY Quadro NVS 440 graphics card which is mostly a 2D graphics workstation financial trading card. I'm not a gamer.

Opinions and expert knowledge please. Thank you.
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July 4, 2011 2:50:35 AM

Thanks Gene O.

BH does have a good selection of stuff. I'm surprised that their prices are competitive. I'll check them out.
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July 6, 2011 2:09:08 AM

Thanks for all of the responses guys; I've decided to hold off on the SSD for right now... had a few sudden expenditures come up with school and the computer build is being trimmed down accordingly... it's still happening though, thankfully!
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