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Never owned an SSD, and no nothing about em really. This SSD is only for an OS, HTPC software, VLC, Firefox. That's about it, all my media is going to be stored on a 2tb external. I'm looking for cheap, but reliable.

Gimme some recommendations please. Low-power too.
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Here's a $107 60GB drive. It's very fast, although there are many that are faster.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227725
Here's a better 60GB drive. $115, and it is a bit faster.


Stepping up to the 120GB size gives you double the capacity (which you likely won't need) and significantly better performance (that's up to you).

A little bit more specifics on what you want wouldn't hurt.
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Forgot to mention are any of these good options?
http://www.overclock.net/online-deal...ideocards.html

I don't need the best of the best, just something that will load really fast and be good for my HTPC. It's gonna be:
AMD Llano CPU
As Rock mini ITX mobo
4-8gb ddr3 ram
Onboard GPU
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Originally Posted by noahmateen1234 View Post
Forgot to mention are any of these good options?
http://www.overclock.net/online-deal...ideocards.html

I don't need the best of the best, just something that will load really fast and be good for my HTPC. It's gonna be:
AMD Llano CPU
As Rock mini ITX mobo
4-8gb ddr3 ram
Onboard GPU
Yeah, they are all acceptable, I mean they will all work. but I would advise against buying less than 60GB, windows 7 alone is 20GB. They really fill up super fast. Coming from someone who bought a 60GB SSD, and is now upgrading to 2x 128GB SSDs in RAID 0. Also, the cost/capacity and cost/performance ratios get better when moving from the 60GB to the 120GB size, and sometimes they are better still at the 240GB size, sometimes not. But the 240GB size is not what you're after, among other things, thats ~$400. I would definitely still recommend OCZ'z Agility 3. They have the Solid 3, which is marketed as their "budget" offering, but it performance is much worse than the agility 3, and the cost is almost identical. And budget SSDs tend to lose a lot of performance when compared to mid range SSDs, but not enough price tag to make them a good choice.

Oh, and I would definitely get only 4GB of RAM, you probably will never use 8GB. But of course, I don't know what you do with your HTPCs.
Edited by Nnimrod - 11/4/11 at 7:48pm
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