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So I haven't done a whole lot of research on what kind of SSD would get me the best price to performance ratio here. My current computer is a piece of crap, and I'm running a 120GB 5200rpm sata II drive from a laptop. In my new rig I'll be buying in the next week, I want an SSD - and I have some choices. I'm fully willing to spend $250, but I want to make sure I'm making the right choice. You guys seems to be the cream of the crop, so here goes.

$245 - Patriot Wildfire 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal SSD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820220599

$250 - Crucial C300 2.5" 128GB SATA III Internal SSD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820148362

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What's the catch here? Read/write for the Wildfire is 555/520, and the Crucial drive is only 355/140. I'm confused.

Also, another question - should I spend the money on a 120/128GB drive and have room to install a good number of programs, or go cheaper with a 60/64GB drive with only my main programs?
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I would go with a Crucial M4 without hesitation. An excellent performing SSD and one of the most reliable on the market currently.

It would deff. be my first choice
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Hadn't looked at those. Definitely better than the C300 series. In fact, their 128GB drive is just over $200 with read speeds of 500MB/s...
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Yep, I can vouch for the 500 Mb/s reads on the M4. The only reason you should go C300 is because you can get it cheap 2nd hand, which I did for my second rig. The reason why the Crucial SSDs seem to be more expensive than the others is due to the reliability, look at the Patriot SSD's feedback vs the C300's feedback.
    
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Bleh, didn't see the 33% 1-egg reviews. M4 is looking better and better. Thanks guys.
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Corsair Force 3 180GB
Looks like a deal.
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I would stick to the ones that have been out for a while, like the M4 or the Intel SSDs, and stay away from the Sandforce SSDs for now. Give it some time for people to confirm that the Sandforce controllers are reliable.

Just get the M4, you will not be disappointed. The chances of you being blown away will be much higher.

Just remember to update the firmware of the M4 to get 100Mb/s more speed. And set the M4 to AHCI mode before installing Windows. Str8 away, you will see installation of Windows is about 3 times faster than HDDs. My boot takes only 20 seconds, from pressing the power button to Youtube.com.
    
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Corsair Force 3 180GB
Looks like a deal.
Wow, thanks for the heads up. Bookmarked for future reference. I'm going to hold out on buying an SSD for a week longer, maybe two, and when the time comes I'll check reviews on that puppy to see if it's reliable. +rep.

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I would stick to the ones that have been out for a while, like the M4 or the Intel SSDs, and stay away from the Sandforce SSDs for now. Give it some time for people to confirm that the Sandforce controllers are reliable.

Just get the M4, you will not be disappointed. The chances of you being blown away will be much higher.

Just remember to update the firmware of the M4 to get 100Mb/s more speed. And set the M4 to AHCI mode before installing Windows. Str8 away, you will see installation of Windows is about 3 times faster than HDDs. My boot takes only 20 seconds, from pressing the power button to Youtube.com.
Thanks for the tips, I'll be sure to upgrade the firmware in the event that I go with the M4 (seems likely). +rep.
post #9 of 10
The M4 is also known as the C400. It's the newest version of the c300 and faster.

The only problem I have with SF2200 series drives from Kingston, Mushkin is that any problems found takes awhile for them to appear in firmware fixes. This is because Sandforce writes the firmware for both companies and neither is on their priority list like OCZ and Corsair.

If you were going SF2200, I'd go for the Corsair Force 3 GT. But I'd still prefer the M4 for it's superior 4k reads and access time.
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The M4 is also known as the C400. It's the newest version of the c300 and faster.

The only problem I have with SF2200 series drives from Kingston, Mushkin is that any problems found takes awhile for them to appear in firmware fixes. This is because Sandforce writes the firmware for both companies and neither is on their priority list like OCZ and Corsair.

If you were going SF2200, I'd go for the Corsair Force 3 GT. But I'd still prefer the M4 for it's superior 4k reads and access time.
Yeah, I took a while for Kingston to push out the new firmware for the HyperX. It was released a couple of days ago, though. Everything is fine and dandy now. Not that I had any problems before. Would be nice to try a M4 at some point. Just to see if I'd notice any difference.
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