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March 10, 2013 3:24:45 PM

hey there.

i am buying a new computer and looking for a SSD drive. i saw a lot of good things said about the samsung ones (840/840 pro) andam interesting to know if you have any recommandation for which brand to buy? which model? and how big (128/256/500)?

tnx.

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March 10, 2013 3:56:09 PM

droreni said:
hey there.

i am buying a new computer and looking for a SSD drive. i saw a lot of good things said about the samsung ones (840/840 pro) andam interesting to know if you have any recommandation for which brand to buy? which model? and how big (128/256/500)?

tnx.


Well it depends if you already have a HDD and you are going to use both.
If you are going to use both a SSD and a HDD:
The biggest you would need is usually 128GB SSD, just to put the windows os on it and the games you want. But if you really, really want to you can spend the extra $70 (usd) for a 256GB SSD.
If you are only using a SSD for everything:
You definitely need the 500GB storage, because although you might not use all of it if you use up most of the space on a SSD, generally they start slowing down when most of the space is used up. Anyways, 256GB is also small compared to what most gamers need. You always want a decent amount of leg room for any extra programs you might need in the next couple years (atleast 150GB)

For SSD's I suggest what you said, a Samsung SSD 840/840 pro. Samsung's SSD's are (usually) the most reliable, according to most people and some of the fastest. I hope this helps!




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March 10, 2013 4:13:02 PM

To determine size:
1) Typical Win7 + programs take about 30 gigs WITH space saving tweaks. Add to this the size of games you wil be putting on the SSD.
2) From listed size: Subtract 7% for format, then subtract 20 % to allow wearleveling, Garbage collector, and TRIM to work their magic to keep the SSD up to specs.
ie 128 Gig SSD - 7 gigs (covert Manuf stated size to computer formatted size) =121 Gigs. 121 gigs -20% = 97 Gigs
3) For brands:
.. The Best: Samsung 840 pro
.. Next (cheaper). Crucial M4, Samsung 830, Plextor M3/M5
.. Samsung 840 - Not out long enough to add to above - BUT I'm sure Samsung vetted it well so should be as reliable as 830

As to performance, Probably will not see a nickels worth of difference in day-2-day real life usage. Primary diff is only found by running benchmarks.
If have the Bucks to spare go for the 840 Pro (This is the BEST choice for a laptop based on power consumption), Of the rest that I listed - JUST BUY the cheapest one!

I have Samsung 840 Pro, 3 x Marvel M4's and 3 x Samsung 830's
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March 10, 2013 4:21:20 PM

Dyingpie1 said:
Well it depends if you already have a HDD and you are going to use both.
If you are going to use both a SSD and a HDD:
The biggest you would need is usually 128GB SSD, just to put the windows os on it and the games you want. But if you really, really want to you can spend the extra $70 (usd) for a 256GB SSD.
If you are only using a SSD for everything:
You definitely need the 500GB storage, because although you might not use all of it if you use up most of the space on a SSD, generally they start slowing down when most of the space is used up. Anyways, 256GB is also small compared to what most gamers need. You always want a decent amount of leg room for any extra programs you might need in the next couple years (atleast 150GB)

For SSD's I suggest what you said, a Samsung SSD 840/840 pro. Samsung's SSD's are (usually) the most reliable, according to most people and some of the fastest. I hope this helps!


i am using it with a HDD, but i want to put on it the OS, and the programs i use.
i wanted to buy the samsung 840 pro 128GB for 130$ but someone adivsed me to buy the plextor 256GB in 170$ instead. the samsung 256GB 840pro is 230$ and the 250GB 840 is 190$. this is the store i am looking at since i am going to buy it in vegas and i am a tourist in the states so i can't order it online, this is the store and prices:

http://www.frys.com/search?cat=-69586&pType=pDisplay&fq...

so should i buy the Samsung still? and if so - the 840 or 840 pro?

tnx for the fast reply.
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March 10, 2013 4:37:37 PM

I'd go with the 256 gig Plextor.
I's a better buy as you are getting a additional 128 Gigs for ONLY 40 bucks.
You will not see a performance diff between the Samsung 840 and the Plextor.
The more free space available, the better that wearleveling will work.
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March 10, 2013 4:53:57 PM

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