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For my new pc I have been thinking of adding an SSD for the OS(Windows 7 Home Premium). I still haven't build my new pc but I will need to decide because I will start building soon.

I am looking for fast boot times, and reliability.

Which of these would be best to get:

Intel 320 Series: 80GB SATA II MLC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820167047

Crucial RealSSD C300: 64GB SATA III MLC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820148357

Crucial M4: 64GB SATA III MLC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820148441

Corsair Force Series: 60GB SATA II MLC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820233124

Plextor PX-M2 Series: 64GB SATA III
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820249009

Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 31
Out of those, the Crucial M4 is the best SSD.
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For the price, I would get the M4. It's definitely the best performer
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But is it stable? i would like to have an ssd that wont cause me any problems.
What do you guys think on that intel SSD?
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M4 is faster (maybe, who knows, the 64 gb drives and the 80 gb Intel haven't been benchmarked) but the 320 is definitely the most reliable. The Intel also has full disc encryption, and of course more space.

The 320? I don't own the 80gb model, but the 120 is plenty fast enough. Haven't had a problem, but I've owned it less than a month. So far, so good. WEI is a meaningless metric, but I get a 7.7.
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http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0351760

its just a rebranded A-data. the openboxes are only $87

cheapest 64gb on the market
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sandofrce 1222

http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0351760

its just a rebranded A-data. the openboxes are only $87

cheapest 64gb on the market
Cheaper, yeah, better, no.
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post #8 of 31
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So Crucial m4 or Intel 320?
Is it a big difference in speeds between Sata II and Sata III?
What will happen If i plug the intel 320 into a sata III port?
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post #9 of 31
Save your cash...it really is a waste. I have a 64GB OCZ V2 and it the most worthless thing I've ever bought for my PC.

With leaving 25% un-alocated (supposed to increase life span), I have room for Windows and two games on it. Currently I only have Mass Effect 2 installed on it and the game load times are still the same. I tried Final Fantasy X with an emulator with the ROM on the SSD and I did not get any noticable performance increases there either. I am going to try some other games yet...but I am not really expecting anything. Games that are on my regular RAID 0 array (all of my steam games) get nothing from the OS being on the SSD of corse or if they do...I can't notice it. HL2 loading points are still as annoying as ever.

The only thing that a SSD can do for you is shorten your boot times and it REALLY shortens the boot time. After the POST I am in windows in a few seconds. However, how many times do you restart your machine in a day? I typically turn it on once unless i am messing around with drivers or windows updates. Does that one time really matter?

If you get one large enough to hold everything you need to it would be nice to have your SSD hidden away some where. Then you can open your case and say "Look, no hard drives"

If you want to go ahead and get one go for it by all means. It was rather fun to see windows start up so fast the first time. However, I don't want you to think you will get an amazing boost from installing a SSD. As soon as I can get around to it I probably will be selling mine, but right now I am too busy to mess around reformatting or copying over to another drive...
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post #10 of 31
Plugging the Intel drive into a SATA 6GB/s port won't do anything, it'll just run at it's normal speed. The difference in performance between SATA 3GB/s and 6GB/s is only noticeable in benchmarks.

I disagree with the post above (maybe something is wrong with his) An SSD is the best upgrade you can do. Everything is so much faster
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