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I've been wanting a SSD for a long time and I'm finally getting around to buying one. My main concern is the longevity of the drive and while I was researching that I learned about the TRIM command/feature. My question: Is it worth paying extra money for?

I'm looking at these two drives:
$128.99 SanDisk Ultra 120GB SATA II:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820171545
$174.99 ADATA 120GB SATA III with TRIM support:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211569

The price difference is pretty big and the interface (SATA II VS SATA III) Doesn't concern me. What one should I buy or does anyone have a better drive altogether?
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it helps durability of the SSD. You definitely want it, unless its has either an Intel or Sandforce controller.
    
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Why not just get a SATA II SSD with TRIM support? There have been a few older drives on sale lately ($1/GB). You won't get the advertised speeds of SATA III SSDs if you're stuck on SATA II anyhow.
    
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it helps durability of the SSD. You definitely want it, unless its has either an Intel or Sandforce controller.

That seems to be the general concensus. Do you have any SSDs you would reommend?
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Why not just get a SATA II SSD with TRIM support? There have been a few older drives on sale lately ($1/GB). You won't get the advertised speeds of SATA III SSDs if you're stuck on SATA II anyhow.

The adata drive I linked is the cheapest 120gb i could find with trim.
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i would reccomend something along the lines of those kingston hyperX ssd's. Corsair Force 3 series ones are also pretty good, as are the OCZ Vertex 3 series. ADATA are budget, and not much faster than a 7200rpm HDD.
    
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Why not just get a SATA II SSD with TRIM support? There have been a few older drives on sale lately ($1/GB). You won't get the advertised speeds of SATA III SSDs if you're stuck on SATA II anyhow.

Seems like a good idea. Of course, you would be kicking yourself as an overclocker if your board didnt support SATA3,or if it outlived your SSD. I know my boards tend not to last more than 8 months tongue.gif voltages are too high i suppose. biggrin.gif
    
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Its an ASUS g73j laptop core i7 6gb ddr3 with sata 150 if i remember correctly. I have two 7200 rpm drives in it right now one runs the os and the other has most of my files and programs on it. Ready boost is enabled on a 16gb class 10 sd card. Music is on my 2tb external. My programs just open so slow and the whole computer just seems like it is lacking something. I can just tell that the hard drive is a massive bottleneck.
Edited by Acadia - 12/13/11 at 12:24am
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Seems like a good idea. Of course, you would be kicking yourself as an overclocker if your board didnt support SATA3,or if it outlived your SSD. I know my boards tend not to last more than 8 months tongue.gif voltages are too high i suppose. biggrin.gif

I'm still stuck with SATAII, but I'm not using SSDs either, so it does not matter to me.

@Acadia: You may want to check out the forum in Slickdeals. They have a lot of deals for SSDs, so just watch it everyday and look for one with good reviews (real reviews, not Newegg reviews). I would help you look for one, but I've got finals to study for and taking long breaks at OCN doesn't help me get better grades. tongue.gif I'm sure some more experienced members here could guide you to the right path.
    
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