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Best SSD for $200.00

Looking to spend about $200.00 USD

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  1. What size are you looking for? What will the drive be used for? Would you prefer more capacity over read/write speeds or vice versa? A little more information would be greatly appreciated :)
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    Intel 520 Series Cherryville SSDSC2CW120A3K5 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    $229.99 and free shipping
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167093

    Same one but without the retail box;
    Intel 520 Series Cherryville SSDSC2CW120A310 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    $209.99 and free shipping
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167095
  3. Intel SSDs are great (I own one myself), but they don't have the fastest speeds. Get either a Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe 120GB or a Kingston HyperX 120GB. If you wanted more space, you could go for a Corsair Force 3 180GB. The Muskin has the fastest speeds at 560MB/s for reads and 515MB/s writes. The Kingston has 550MB/s and 515MB/s, and the Corsair has 550MB/s and 515MB/s. So their all relatively around the same speed. The Corsair one is a little better in $/GB, but you can't really go wrong with any of them :)
  4. SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    $199.99 and free shipping
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147163

    This one is a desktop upgrade kit;
    SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128D/AM 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Desktop Upgrade Kit
    $199.99 and free shipping
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147134


    This one is a notebook upgrade kit if you were using it to upgrade a laptop.
    SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128N/AM 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Notebook Upgrade Kit
    $199.99 and free shipping.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147137

    With the same SSD you have three options to go with , a just SSD , a desktop upgrade kit or a notebook upgrade kit. Same SSD just three options all the same price. So you can go with either the Intel or the Samsung SSD. I have had Intel SSD's amd found absolutly no problems with them and they were the early models at that.
    The 128gb size will give you enough room for the OS and a few games along with your most used apps. Personaly I think that the best size for a main boot drive (C-drive) is a SSD of 240gb , however the cost is high enough to drive most people to the lower capacity SSD's. So for about $200 you will get a 128gb SSD and one that is very stable and reliable.
  5. I have a Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 120. Extremely good SSD for the price
  6. Inzone do you prefer the intel over the samung?
  7. YougotJaked - I think you are talking about the older Intel SSDs - new ones are fast - get a Samsung830 or try the new Intels
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-520-sandforce-review-benchmark,3124.html
    -Bruce
  8. Intel 520 Series Cherryville SSDSC2CW120A3K5 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    $229.99 and free shipping

    On it's way thanks for the input ^
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  10. Yes , as I said I have had the Intel SSD's previously and they were no problems at all they were rock solid. They were the SLC version that were the first ones to be listed for sale along with the Samsug SSD's and it was a choice to go with either the Intel or the Samsung. I don't think you can go wrong with either one because they are both good quality and both have been producing SSD's from the start. I just think that Intel has put more effort all along while Samsung kind of dissapeared for a time but they are back. The new Cherryville line now uses Sandforce controllers.
  11. Thanks Inzone your input has helped a great deal!
  12. dish_moose said:
    YougotJaked - I think you are talking about the older Intel SSDs - new ones are fast - get a Samsung830 or try the new Intels
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-520-sandforce-review-benchmark,3124.html
    -Bruce
    Woops my bad; I read the wrong specs for the 520 series. Yeah that's probably the best option; best combo of performance and reliability :)
  13. SR-71 Blackbird said:
    Thanks Inzone your input has helped a great deal!



    Your Welcome!
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