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Best SSD that suit for my needs and bang for my bucks

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September 9, 2012 7:52:23 AM

hi im a bit naive about SSD's. im planning it to use on my PC to load heavy multimedia programs such as
Adobe Photoshop, 3ds Max, Autocad, V-ray, and games.

im planning to buy an SSD for these type of programs because i feel my computer's computing performance was being bottlenecked by my 1T HD01SJ Samsung F3 hard drive.
what im planning to do is to put the OS + Games + executable applications (CAD, MAX, PHOTOSHOP, and GAMES like LoL, Dota, NFS Shift) on the SSD while the rendering files such as Materials Library for V-ray Materials, Evermotion Models for 3dsmax model library and other space consuming files like movies, mp3's, pictures and other stuffs.

right now i already consumed almost 45GIG of space for my applications and windows and still no games installed. so im looking for a 128GB/180GB or maybe 256GB. im Eying Samsung 830 for the 256GB but the price as i've seen on new egg is about $226 and frankly it is quite expensive. im looking for around $100- 180 budget

im a bit confused also theres a lot of submodels under the name Samsung 830. such as these:

SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256B/WW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256D/AM 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Desktop Upgrade Kit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

as i've seen the desktop upgrade kit cost lest with a price tag of $216 while the other is $226 ($10 price difference). other than the price what is the difference between the two?


here's my rig setup:
Operating System Windows 7 Ultimate Edition x64
Processor Intel Core i7 950
Motherboard Gigabyte X58A-UD3R
Memory 6GB G.Skill F3 12800CL9T-6GBNQ (3x2GB)
Video Card SAPPHIRE HD6850 1GB 256-bit

thanks in advance

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September 10, 2012 7:25:00 PM

You have a good plan.

I would stick with Intel or samsung for reliability.

Larger SSD's perform a bit better, so I would go with 180gb or 240gb.

I think the Intel 330 series 180gb ssd might be the best value @$160.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here is a good review:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/5817/the-intel-ssd-330-re...
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September 22, 2012 5:56:35 PM

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