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SSD Recommedation on a new build

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July 5, 2011 10:02:22 PM

I am about to pull the trigger on the system below...
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum2.php?config=tom...

I am stretching the budget already... but I think SSD for my programs/OS might be a good idea, and worth a final stretch...
But I know nothing about SSD models and brands. I am looking for input/suggestions for an SSD drive... or am I wasting my time with this budget constraint.
$100 is the max... but I would rather it be less... $75 would be tight, but manageable if it makes my system better and more responsive.
This rig is not for gaming... maybe a little, but nothing huge... It is a rig for photoshop (only photos, no vid editing)... so I am going to have external storage... and probably add HDDs later...
My basic setup...
Core i5 2500k
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3-B3 mobo
GPU= Nvidia GTS 450
8 GB ram
Antec Neo Eco 620W PSU
Hitachi Deskstar 1.5 TB Sata 6GB/7200 RPM
etc...

Looking at Newegg, I see various SSDs in my price range...
Under $90, I see 30-32 GB items from Patriot (Torqx and Torqx 2), Zalman S Series, ADATA S596, OCZ (Vertex and Onyx) and Kingston.
I can get only one INtel... 320 series for $95... ADATA, Corsair and OCZ Agility2 hit the max at $99.99...

Any and all suggestions will be helpful... are any of these brands significantly better.? Are any to definitely to be avoided?
THanks in advance.
a c 303 G Storage
July 5, 2011 10:42:45 PM

According to my database the Asus P8P67 series motherboards come with at least 2 SATA 6Gb/s ports.

According to newegg.com there are no SATA 6Gb/s ssd's for less than $100.00.

Here is a link to what's available in the $100.00 to $200.00 price range:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

I'd recommend the brand new Crucial M4, SATA 6Gb/s, 64GB solid state drive. It's $19.99 over your maximum price:

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

Windows 7, one of the Adobe Photoshop products like CS5, Microsoft Office Suite, a few other software programs, and a few utilities will definitely fit on at 64GB ssd. That's what I've got on my ssd.

You other option is to be patient. Wait and watch for a super sale.
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July 5, 2011 11:06:26 PM

Also another question... If I build the rig as is... without SSD...
How much grief am I in for to upgrade to an SSD?
I would rather live without SSD now, and then have a good SSD 6 months from now, than a piece of junk today...
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a c 303 G Storage
July 5, 2011 11:21:19 PM

Both motherboards have SATA 3Gb/s and 6Gb/s ports.

You do have the option of installing either a 3Gb/s or a 6Gb/s ssd. Since you have SATA 6Gb/s capabilities you might as well go for it if you are able to.

If you decide to go for a SATA 3Gb/s ssd in the $75.00 to $100.00 price range you will have to settle for a smaller capacity 30GB to 40GB ssd.

Here's a link to the SATA 3Gb/s ssd's in your price range:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

Personally I would recommend the Intel 320 SATA 6Gb/s 40GB ssd:

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

It may not be the fastest ssd but its performance is rock solid and reliable. It comes with an easy to use software utility Intel calls The SSD Toolkit that will help maintain the ssd in top condition. Recently Intel extended the warranty from the usual 3 years to 5 years.

It's your choice.

Upgrading to an ssd in the future is very very easy to do. No problem.
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a c 303 G Storage
July 6, 2011 1:18:11 AM

Gene O - Excellent - $19.00 less than newegg! :) 
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July 6, 2011 11:46:21 AM

Thanks guys!
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July 13, 2011 5:45:19 PM

Best answer selected by sad39.
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