Price keep falling but 256GB drives are at around $175 and 128GB drives are around half that. You can find some great sales lately with top tier Samsung 830 256GB drives as low as $170. You might have to wait a few weeks tofind those great prices on the top level drives.
If I get the 128GB and only plan on having the OS and a few games at a time, would I be fine just having an external drive for music, podcasts, and other downloads? If so, do you guys have any reliable 2-3TB external drives you'd recommend?
If it just for files, you may actually go green or LP. I have not noticed any down side to swapping to green(Seagate LP 2TB 5900 rpm) drives for both files and backups.
Just dont try to use them for anything other then storage
I also have a WD Black 2TB , but it is far hotter(and louder) then its power saving companions so I do not dare use it in a enclosure without some kind of cooling or a 5.25 inch enclosure to get air room. It is very fast and makes a great internal drive for programs that you do not want on the SSD.
Seagate has new drive that is actually faster, but makes some of the most loud head parking EVER(when ever it is idle for a bit).