Do i need an SSD and Which one

Well my build is:

MOBO: ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3
CPU: Intel i5 2500K @ 3.3ghz (Need a better fan to overclock)
GPU: GTX 560 Ti 1Gb
RAM: 2x4gb g.skill ram
HDD: 1tb 7500rpm western digital HDD
PSU: 750W Thermaltake PSU
CASE: Nzxt Guardian

My budget is under 100 Australian dollars if i were to get one i would just put my os on it and bf3
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  1. need? no. want? oh yeah!

    you will load bf3 maps much faster with a good ssd. having a ssd gives me first choice of vehicles at the beginning of every map in bf3!
  2. Not sure of the price difference from there and the USA or any stores from there for from

    89.99 gets you 60gb

    119.99 gets you 120gb
  3. The price in Aus is much more expensive. The cheapest I can find for 3rd gen SSD is:

    Patriot Pyro 60GB at $89 (says $86 on the price list so call up and ask).

    OCZ Agility 3 120GB at $152.

    You should consider SSD larger than 60GB because 60GB is a tight fit if you want more than OS and BF3 or use SRT.
  4. I would highly recommend saving a little more and get an 80+ gig SSD, Even a larger capacity, older SSD would be better. Biggest diff beween Sata II and SATA III SSDs is sequencial read/write performance - least important matrix for a Boot + program drive.

    Afterthought, Spring for one of the Seagate hybred drives (internal 8 Gig SLC SSD), and wait to buy the SSD - Price will decrease, and / or, performance will even be higher.
  5. If it is available in your part of the world, here is my standard recommendation.

    If reliability and stability is a major concern, then I recommend Samsung. 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.

    Here is a link to the ssd database:

    Scroll down to the brands you are interested in and follow the links to the technical reviews.
  6. Samsung 830 is $104 AUD for 60GB (ARC in NSW) and $229 for 120GB (PCCG in VIC).
  7. I am running the Crucial M4 128GB SSD. It is serving me well. No problems.
    I have order a pair of the Sandisk 120GB Extremes but cannot comment on those yet/.
  8. so far from least to best performing one based on experience.

    corsair force gt (these are great but had problem where 2 of them die out)
    corsair force 3 (so far never had problem with this, just some update and all are great)
    crucial m4 and intel 510 (these 2 are badboys since i bought it not even once did I ever encounter any problem besides the urge to get 4 of these in raid or something)
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