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Which SSD to replace my Vertex 2 with?

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Hey everyone... I'm looking to replace my 60GB Vertex 2 with a 120GB SSD with SATA 3 drive.

My mobo (Asus M4AGTD PRO) has native SATA III so I am optimized for a new SATA 3 drive.

My benchmark (AS SSD) for my Vertex 2 is quite unimpressive and I am hoping with a clean install and proper alignment and setup with a new drive will bring me into some better performance.

My budget is about $300 for a 120GB SATA 3 SSD. Of course the less I can spend the better, but I don't want to regret not going to a better drive after its too late.

I am interested in the following drives:
  • OCZ Agility 3 120GB - $209
  • Intel 320 120GB - $219
  • OCZ Vertex 3 120GB - $279
  • Intel 510 120GB - $299
  • OCZ Vertex 3 MAX IOPS - $319

Please give me your opinion on which drive and why. I am not considering Crucial or Corsair because my local shop doesn't have either in stock at the moment.

Here is my Vertex 2 SSD bench:
    
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Crucial M4  Seagate Barracuda SATA III LG BluRay RW Drive Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit 
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23" LG W2353 LCD Monitors x2 Logitech G510 Corsair TX850 V2 Zalman Z9 
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For the price points listed, I would go with the OCZ Agility 3 120GB SSD. Seems like the best price/performance ratio for a perfect upgrade.
     
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2x 3TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 RAID 1 2x 250GB Samsung 840 Series SSD RAID 1 Samsung Burner w/ Lightscribe Custom Watercooling 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 Professional 64-bit LG 34UC88 (3440x1440) + Crossover 27Q 1440p Roccat Ryos MK Pro Cherry MX Brown Cooler Master Silent Pro 1200W Gold 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Cooler Master HAF 922 w/ Dust Filters Roccat Kone XTD + Roccat Apuri 2x XFX Warpad ODAC > Glow Amp One > K702/65 
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Yamaha Receiver + 5.1 Xbox One Wireless Controller 
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Heh, I'm in the same boat with the meh scores. You could've jumped on this today http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227550 and RAIDed them for a cheaper option.

I saw it this morning, thought about it while I was out, and when I got back they were sold out. Oh well, a nice new SATA III drive is probably still better.


I'd pick the Vertex3 Max IOPS.
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