What SSD will I want for Windows 7 64 (also contemplating Linux/something else), XBMC, and other programs I'll want (Steam, and other programs that drive the media)? The HDD is going to be almost pure media storage. And does anyone have recommendations that fit into a budget plan?
I originally thought I'd go with whatever 64GB SSD I can find on the cheap, but really haven't done the math on what I'll need.
I got the bug to start looking into the Samsung 840 Pro, but I know it doesn't make a lot of sense to spend more than $100 on an SSD for this setup.
I use 64GB SSD's in my HTPC's and there is plenty of room for the OS and media applications. You might as well go with a 128GB drive these days though since prices have come down. If you go for a smaller SSD, be sure to disable hibernation to get back SSD space equal to the RAM you've installed.
Any reputable SSD will do. Samsung 830, 840 series are good... Crucial M4's are good... Intel SSD's are good. The only SSD I've had issues with was made by OCZ. Just grab one with good reviews that is on sale.
Yeah, I picked up the Z77E-ITX the other day along with the CPU and memory. The board is just loaded with features. Really excited about its capabilities. Not that I'll ever use them, but I'll have 6 USB 3.0 ports between the MoBo and the case and it has built-in WiFi which allows me to get by for now while I wait for Google Fiber to be installed in my house .
I've been wondering what kind of performance I might expect for some gaming in the living room if I picked up a 7750 for this machine. Right now, NewEgg is packaging it with Sleeping Dogs which is a game I've been thinking about picking up anyway and I have a bunch of games that I got from Steam sales that I never play because KBAM is impossible (Bastion, Ys, Prince of Persia, Deadspace 1 & 2 among others).
Just kind of wondering how it might stack up to my actual gaming rig, which is...
Intel Core2 Duo E8400 3.00GHz
GeForce GTX 260
Seagate 500GB 7200RPM