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Looking for a 64GB SSD to run as a boot drive and store a few programs/games that I want to load quick. My WD VelociRaptor is starting to chug and freeze and I was looking to enter the SSD game. Any suggestions as to what I should get.

System Specs:
EVGA 780i SLI mobo
Intel Core 2 Quad 6600
Failing WD VelociRaptor 150 GB
WD Black Caviar 1 TB
9800 GTX
Windows Vista Ultimate 32 bit, maybe upgrading to Windows 7 64 bit depending on my school's price

Is it possible to portion a matching size of my 1 TB to mirror and run a raid array of sorts with my SSD? Currently it is no where near full so I don't mind sacrificing the space. I know my mobo only supports SATA II, can I get a SATA III to future proof myself a bit? Any general advice is welcomed and appreciated as well.

Just did a clean install of Vista thinking it would solve the chugging problems of my HDD. No problems in doing another clean install.

Be happy to offer any more information to help.
post #2 of 19
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Price range is around $150 max but as any other normal human being I would like to be a little cheaper hopefully around $100.
post #3 of 19
crucial m4
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anything without a sandforce controller..i need to update my sig rig..that ssd died,too..crucial m4..they're going up in price,though
 
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The Crucial M4 is a highly rated and recommended drive, and can be had for around $100
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post #6 of 19
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So the SATA III is not an issue at all?

Also any knowledge to RAID setup?
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So the SATA III is not an issue at all?
Nope. It's not on the SandForce controller so you are fine. The m4 doesn't have the OCZ issues. Different controllers.

EDIT: Will run on an SATA II MB.
Edited by Humafold - 10/4/11 at 8:58am
post #8 of 19
Not sure on your raid question, you want to RAID your SSD with the HDD?
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Wait, is there even room on a 64GB SSD for windows, apps and games?
 
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post #10 of 19
64gb SSD is cutting it pretty close. win 7 wise, any student can get win 7 pro for $65 now, used to be $30.
http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/...UB_4up_Windows

SSD wise:
Win 7 20gb
Basic apps 10gb

Unless you do lots of tweaking
System restore- 5gb
Page file- 4gb
Hibernation support -2gb
Unless you junction- games install/save lots of stuff onto main drive-
so another 2-4gb.
Temp files and other stuff that builds up over time-~2gb after a few months
Spare space to maintain SSd performance- SF1200 12% of total space or 7.7gb

total before games:50-56gb.

So yea, stuff adds up fast. 64gb means basically, 1 game or CS5 and no games.
Edited by banthracis - 10/4/11 at 9:23am
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