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December 28, 2011 3:22:52 AM

My system specs are
i5 2500k
Asus p8p67 pro
8gb Gskill memory
Radeon 6950
Corsair Tx 750
1.5 tb Western Digital HD

I am looking into getting a SSD and dont know where to start any advice would be helpful
I want to spend between

100-150

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a c 119 G Storage
December 28, 2011 3:47:03 AM

I wouldn't go below 90gb ebcause the SSD can fill up fast and before you know it the thing will be full , so a 90gb will give you some breathing room. A lot of people recomend 60gb and say it is enough but I've had 64gb ssd's and if you are not careful and watch absolutly everything you load it will fill up fast and especially if you have windows 64bit it takes up a lot of space.
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a b G Storage
December 28, 2011 3:49:00 AM

SSD speeds don't matter very much. IMO it's better to get a bigger SSD that's slightly slower than a smaller one that is, by the numbers, faster. The differences are so small as to be practically negligible compared to price. I've been recommending the ADATA S510 120gb, which is $160. 30gb more for $5! http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 28, 2011 4:05:01 AM

Wow, my computer is basically identical to yours, lol.

This is where to start: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-price-ssd,3070...

Its a bit out of date though, prices have changed.

You basically have two choices: Sandforce (ocz,adata,corsair) or non-Sandforce (crucial m4).

Sandforce has faster sequential read/writes but is usually considered less reliable. They have similar random i/o rates. Speed differences are over rated though, I can guarantee you won't notice the difference between any decent sata3 SSDs.

Size is also an issue. I have a 128GB m4 and love it. If I had more money I would have bought a 256GB. Many people have 64GB drives and love them though. A smaller drive requires more work and more maintenance.
-Space has to be monitored
-Registry changes need to be made to change the locations of folders (users folder for example)
-a 64GB can hold windows, boot applications, and one or two large applications (games or adobe products for example)
-90 or 128GB can't hold everything but it can hold alot more than 64.

I'd say either get the corsair force 3 or upgrade your budget to the more reliable crucial m4.

edit:
After some price checks ive change my first recommendation to the corsair force 3 120GB. Its on a nice sale (same price as the adata mentioned above) but better performance and a better brand. I also removed my ocz recommendation as its not relevant anymore.
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a b G Storage
December 28, 2011 4:11:21 AM

But the ADATA is cheeeeap
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December 28, 2011 4:17:55 AM

i just edited my response after some price checks. The adata is cheap but the same as the corsair. And the corsair is better, no?
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a b G Storage
December 28, 2011 4:23:10 AM

Oh. So it is. I don't know which is better. The Force GT is certainly faster, but the straight Force, I don't know.
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a b G Storage
December 28, 2011 4:25:54 AM

That's the one we're already talking about.
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December 28, 2011 5:35:20 AM

I still recommend the m4 though if you can up the budget. Dealing with RMAs is annoying. Corsair's aren't bad but they still fail more than crucial's.

Guess it depends on whether you like it to "just work" or don't mind the slight risk in bargain hunting.

Not trying to scare you away from the corsair drive, though. It's still an excellent product.
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a b G Storage
December 28, 2011 10:14:47 AM

in my opinion reliability is the first thing that you have to care about!

with tath money you could buy1x64gb samsung 830 series which are reliable like marvell controller based SSD's with resonable performance! ;)  and it cones with batman arkham city game! ;) 
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a b G Storage
December 28, 2011 3:41:31 PM

Those things are crazily expensive.
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December 28, 2011 6:23:25 PM

^ they're new and not sandforce, so yeah, a bit expensive.
It's 209.99 for the 128GB version. So $1.33/GB for corsair, $1.56/GB for m4, $1.64/GB for Samsung 830. Expensive but not completely unreasonable (like an intel drive).

And the 830s performance is not "reasonable", it's excellent.

Once again though, it requires a budget upgrade because less than 120GB is meh.

So in his stated budget, the corsair one is still his best choice.
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a b G Storage
December 28, 2011 7:12:30 PM

m4 and intel 510 and corsair performance pro they're using the same controller!;)

but with different components which means different performances!

as i can see your motherboard does not support sata 6gb/s natively! it comes with marvell controller which is weak because of low bandwidth (5gb/s)

if you want to add another SSD in future it's not worth using that controller !

ICH10 is faster than marvell in raid 0! because you will get 2.5gb/s bandwidth per SSD! :) 

anyway remember that cheaper always mean less reliable in pc components!

if you want fast SSD around 150$ go for Corsair Force 3 120gb!
good price, and corsair cares about their customers as far as i know!

AND remember before using any sandforce based SSD check for firmware update!;)
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December 28, 2011 7:49:10 PM

^the sataIII controllers on the p8p67 pro are just fine.
Here are the specs. It has both intel and marvel sataIII controllers, two of each. So yes, it does have native support for sata III.
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December 28, 2011 8:32:47 PM

Samsung 830!!!!
All the way.

I had a Max Iops....was nice till a few months in BSOD started. Latest Firmware 2.15 didn't fix it either.

Had the fastest now I want RELIABILITY....means waaaaaaaaaaay more then super duper faster....it gets annoying to have BSOD during game, surfing, etc. everyday.
Besides, the Samsung 830 is marginally slower. Won't notice the difference. Seriously.

Get it. Get the Samsung. Be comforted with its fast reliable ways. Be happy.

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a c 117 G Storage
December 28, 2011 8:45:40 PM

Id be getting one of the tier 3 120/128 GB units (list below edited to just 120/128 giggers

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-price-ssd,3070...

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This hierarchy chart relies on information provided in our Storage Bench v1.0, as it ranks performance in a way that reflects average daily use for a consumer workload. This applies to gamers and home office users. The chart has been structured so that each tier represents a 10% difference in performance.

Tier 3
Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 120 GB
OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 120 GB
Patriot WildFire 120 GB
Samsung 830 SSD 128 GB
Other 120 GB second-gen SandForce SSDs with Toggle NAND

Tier 4
None

Tier 5
Intel SSD 510 120 GB
Crucial m4 128 GB

Tier 6
Adata S511 120 GB
Corsair Force GT 120 GB
Kingston HyperX SSD 120 GB
OCZ Vertex 3 120 GB
Other 120 GB second-gen SandForce SSDs with Sync ONFi NAND

Tier 7
None

Tier 8
Corsair Force 3 120 GB
Intel SSD 320 300 GB
OCZ Agility 3 120 GB
OCZ Solid 3 120 GB
Patriot Pyro 120 GB
Samsung 470 SSD 128 GB
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December 29, 2011 3:17:59 AM

I ended up going with what inzone recommended in the first reply, and it's amazing. The Force GT 90GB. I'm really only intending to use it for Windows, and the speed is incredible - really makes you see how much 7200RPM hard drives can bottleneck a system!

Anyway, this is the only SSD I've ever had any experience with, so I'm sure I'm sure naive, but it is a damn good SSD, and a cinch to install Windows on.
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a b G Storage
December 29, 2011 12:08:33 PM

Any SSD is a huge step up from any HDD. Now you're on the bandwagon :D 
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