This evening I will be purchasing a SSD. I will be installing Windows 7 OS on it as well as all my commonly used programs. I have a 500 GB HDD that I will use for data use. I'm looking to spend around $200 and prefer to use TigerDirect. What would you recommend? The front runner for me at the moment is the Crucial m4. Some others that I have in mind include:
Patriot Pyro 120 GB
OCZ Vertex 3 120 GB
Samsung 830 - When is this suppose to be released?
The majority of use on this drive will be Windows OS and Rift MMO. Also what tuning should I do to the drive before I install Windows? I had read that a few tuneups are highly recommended for Crucial m4 such as firmware updates.
Currently the M4 is very popular and relatively trouble free. There was one issue. Crucial issued a formware update that fixed it and actually improved performance. Here is a link to an updated review at AnandTech: