SSD Upgrade?

I currently have a Gigabyte P35-DS4 Rev 2.0 MB. I am currently running Vista Ultimate 64bit, but have a "special" copy of Windows 7 Ultimate....

What's the best option for me with this setup?

Keep Vista or install Windows 7?

This would be for gaming.
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  1. Install Microsoft Windows 7. Solid state drives are relatively new and do not do as well with an older operating system like Vista.
  2. Alright, what about best drive options in the $200 range.
  3. According to the Gigabyte specifications for your motherboard it is not SATA 3 6Gb/s capable. You are limited to SATA 2 3Gb/s performance levels. However, SATA 3 6GB/s ssd's are backward compatible with SATA 2 3Gb/s but there will be a performance reduction. A SATA 3 6Gb/s ssd will be reduced down to SATA 2 3Gb/s levels.

    If you decide to purchase a SATA 2 3Gb/s ssd, then I recommend the Samsung 470 series ssd's. The 470 series has an excellent track record. They are reliable and relatively trouble free:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100008120%2050001077&IsNodeId=1&name=SAMSUNG

    If you decide to purchase a SATA 3 6Gb/s ssd, the I recommend either the Crucial M4 or the Intel 510. Both have established track records and are relatively trouble free.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100008120%2050001455%20600038519&IsNodeId=1&name=Crucial

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100008120%2050001157%20600038519&IsNodeId=1&name=Intel

    NOTE - The Intel ssd's command a premium price. If you are a gamer and use you pc mostly for games, then the 510 is not recommended.
  4. Thanks! the more I look at the numbers I may just build a whole new rig with Z68 & 2600K, but then there is IB coming out sometime.....Thoughts?
  5. Every time you purchase new hardware something new and improved becomes available. That's just the way things are.

    Personally I decided to skip SandyBridge and Z68 upgrades. I am holding out for the next generation which will incorporate the new PCI-e 3.0 standard. It looks like ssd and video card manufacturers will be migrating to the PCI-e 3.0 standard.
  6. That's probably what I will do too. Thank you for your help Jonny!
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