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Need a good SSD for maximum add of performance!

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January 25, 2012 5:46:16 PM

Need advice i need it for gaming and 3d 2d applications boost i'm planning on adding SSD is it neccesary? because i just need to beef up my system but its all good but i want to experience SDD XD soo i need advices!

about 80-175$

CPU: i7-2600k @4.2Ghz
HDD: 1TB Caviar 7200rpm 6.0gb
MOBO: ASUS P8Z68-V-PRO
Optical Drive: LG Blu-Ray Rewriter/Burner
RAM: 8GB Corsair 1600mhz
GPU: CF PC AMD HD 6970
PSU: 1000W Cooler Master 80+ Gold
Cooling Fan: Xion HP-1216B
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January 26, 2012 3:41:03 AM

Pls so suggest some more ^^ thanks in advance around 80-175$
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January 26, 2012 3:52:11 AM

I'd say 150 is a good price for a corsair. A good rule of thumb i use is $1 per gigabyte. When prices hit 1/1 i usually buy up a name brand SSD. Samsung/Corsair/Intel/Patriot/Mushkin seem to be some of the better brands, could be forgetting a few. My "boot drive" is an 80g Intel Sata II, i've had it for 2 years now and it still works great. Boots up my comp in 15-20 seconds tops.

good luck!
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January 26, 2012 3:52:36 AM

You mentioned gaming as well as 3D 2D applications. Recently Tom's Hardware published a series of 3 articles about ssd's that are related to what you do with your pc. The articles are worth reading.

The first article was about ssd's and gaming:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/battlefield-rift-ss...

The second article was about ssd's and productivity applications:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/solid-state-drive-w...

The third article was about ssd's and entertainment and content creation:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/video-editing-perfo...

I maintain the ssd database that is listed in the sticky at the very top of this forum section. Here's the link:

http://www.johnnylucky.org/data-storage/ssd-database.ht...

You can scroll down to the different ssd brands you are interested in and follow links to technical reviews of specific models.

If reliability and stability is a major concern, then Samsung is worth considering. Samsung was awarded contracts to supply Dell, Sony, Lenovo, Apple and other off the shelf brands with OEM versions of their 470 Series SATA 2 3Gb/s ssd's. Eventually the 470's were released for retail sale to consumers. There have been no major issues reported. The 470 has an absolutely stellar record.

Then Samsung released their 830 Series SATA 3 6Gb/s ssd's as successors to the 470. The first ones were OEM versions for Dell and the other off the shelf brands followed by release of retail versions for consumers. The ssd's are Samsung's own design with their own components and firmware. It looks like Samsung got it right again.
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January 26, 2012 3:55:47 AM

Ghythybhy said:
I seeee nice and for now i'm thinking of what to buy....

I'm thinking of buying this though.. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... is it a good one for that price?

I would go for samsung 830 series, the 128 gb model is 199 dollars, 20 more than the one you are saying, I would get that one
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January 26, 2012 4:08:14 AM

I really want to get one of these:
http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=FTM12N325H
It does very well in benchmarks and is on par with options costing avg $40 more.

My first choice was actually the OWC Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G SSD 120GB, since it's among the fastest and most reliable 2.5" 120GB SSDs available right now, but its price is a bit beyond my reach:
http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/SSDMX6G120T/

There's also the much cheaper yet not much slower Electra model:
http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/SSDEX6G120/


And in regards to capacity, if you're deciding between 120GB vs 128GB or 240GB vs 256GB, go for the slightly smaller option, as a 240GB OWC Mercury EXTREME Pro SSD is actually a 256GB drive with 7% of the drive's capacity allocated for data management. This management maintains the drive's high-performance and high reliability levels. This essentially acts as a built-in TRIM command, so you really don't have to worry about your OS providing TRIM support in software.
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January 26, 2012 4:37:23 AM

Considering that this is a SSD that you're adding to an already existing system, have you considered a Cache solution?

The problem with adding a typical SSD at this point is trying to migrate your OS onto it. With a Cache SSD like the OCZ Synapse there is no migration, because you don't install anything at all to it. It acts as a highspeed buffer for all of your most used HDD files, including applications and operating.

For $154 you can get the 64GB version, which is over-provisioned and will only show 32GB. Don't let it alarm you, it's designed this way intentionally to help counter the heavy write environment of caching.

Another option would be the Intel 311 20GB SLC drive paired with SRT which is supported by your motherboard. Again, size really isn't an issue as you're not installing anything on the drive itself. The SLC drive from intel, while slower than the Synapse isn't nearly as prone to write degradation.

If it were my system this is the route I'd be considering.
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