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I know there are a lot of threads out there on choosing an SSD and I have read most of them, but wanted to post my own to get opinions on helping me pick an SSD. And beings everyones system is different, thought it would be best to post my own help me thread.

Will be usisng it mainly as a boot drive/apps/some games and using my 1TB drive for other games and Steam. I will also be using Steam Mover to transfer current played games to the SSD. I will be updating to Windows 7 also. It will also be running on SATA 3gb ports beings that is all my MB can do.

I really want a 80GB+ drive, but will post some 64GB drives also that are in the price range also. The price range is about $150 (+/- maybe $10).

64GB
Crucial C300
Crucial M4
Microcenter SSD (saw it was $99 +tax again on their site)


80GB
Intel X25-M
Intel 320 series


96GB
Kingston V+

You may have noticed I left out OCZ drives. I know they are decent, but because of them fudging their numbers and not updating specs to their new 25nm drives, I really don't want to bother with them.

Please do not recommend something that is out of my price range as it is pretty tight budget.

Thanks!
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post #2 of 11
Go with the C300. It will make an excellent boot drive as it has an excellent read speed.
     
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I would go with the Crucial M4. As far as i know it's got the fastest read time of any 64GB SSD in that price range at the moment.

The thing is that it has slower write times. In my opinion this makes it a better OS drive because once the OS is installed you won't be writing much to it anyway.

Also the M4 is the successor to the C300 just so you know. (The C300 also sacrifices write times for faster read times.)
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post #4 of 11
I'd go with the Intel X25-M since i'm very happy with mine. It's not extremely fast like the C300 but it's still plenty fast and it gives you some extra space over the 64GB SSD. C300 on Sata 3Gb/s isn't as fast as it's on Sata 6Gb/s anyway.
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post #5 of 11
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Thanks for the input so far guys. I was leaning to the Intel first because of reliablilty and more space than the 64GB drives. I'm sure 64GB would be enough, but many people say to get the biggest you can afford without sacrificing quality. I would probably like to at least have the space to have around 3-4 games on the SSD beings I sometimes switch between some frequently. I just don't want to worry about getting low on space. Maybe I'm getting worried for nothing though?
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post #6 of 11
Windows 7 takes up nearly 20GB (i think) so you should have plenty of room for 3-4 games on it.

Keep in mind that installing a game on an SSD isn't going to make much of a difference for most games (besides load times).

But there are some games out there that are always reading stuff off the drive and you will see a difference with those. (Civilisation 5 for example is a game that will see an improvement i think?)
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Anything but a c300,yes lots are happy with them but the posts of unhappy bunnies on the crucial c300 0007 firmware update thread (crucial website)is rapidly increasing, the update has made a lot of these drives worse and can't be rolled back
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post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by amurph0 View Post
Windows 7 takes up nearly 20GB (i think) so you should have plenty of room for 3-4 games on it.

Keep in mind that installing a game on an SSD isn't going to make much of a difference for most games (besides load times).

But there are some games out there that are always reading stuff off the drive and you will see a difference with those. (Civilisation 5 for example is a game that will see an improvement i think?)
True about not helping FPS, but I figured if I got the SSD, I midas well put games on that I am playing to get any help with loading that I can.

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Anything but a c300,yes lots are happy with them but the posts of unhappy bunnies on the crucial c300 0007 firmware update thread (crucial website)is rapidly increasing, the update has made a lot of these drives worse and can't be rolled back
I have noticed some complaints about the firmware also, but did not really look at it in depth to see how bad it really is. Will keep that in mind also.
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Sorry for the double post, but....

Is it worth it if I go with the Intel to spend ~$20 extra for the 320 series over the X25-M?
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Sorry for the double post, but....

Is it worth it if I go with the Intel to spend ~$20 extra for the 320 series over the X25-M?
Yep
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