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I have a $60 Best Buy gift card remaining from the holidays and I've decided to use it towards an SSD for my sig rig. I'm willing to spend $30-40 extra on top of the gift card so basically the drives I'm considering are in the $80-100 range. I realize I can't get much more than 60gb at that price point but I'm only going to use it for the OS and a game or two so that should be enough. My top priorities aside from capacity are speed and reliability. I've done some browsing at Best Buy's online site and made a list of drives that fit my criteria. I wanted to get opinions from some of the experts here as to which would be the best decision from a price/performance standpoint.

Also, what would be the best method to transfer my OS from my HDD to the SSD? Can I clone it or is my best bet to just wipe/re-install on the SSD? I'd rather avoid that if at all possible but ultimately I want to do what's best to take advantage of the SSD's potential. Any help or insight is sincerely appreciated. Thank you.

Here are some of the SSDs I have been looking at:

OCZ Vertex Plus 60gb $73.00 - http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Ocz+Technology+-+Vertex+Plus+OCZSSD2-1VTXPL60G+60+GB+Internal+Solid+State+Drive/3771978.p?id=1218431608663&skuId=3771978
(I've read that this is pretty slow compared to most other SSDs so probably at bottom of the list)

Crucial M4 64gb $90.49 - http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Crucial+-+CT064M4SSD2+64+GB+Internal+Solid+State+Drive/3766442.p?id=1218431598814&skuId=3766442
(I've read good things about Crucial's SSDs)


OCZ Vertex 2 60gb $92.98 (on sale from $158) - http://www.bestbuy.com/site/OCZ+Technology+-+Vertex+2+60GB+Internal+Serial+ATA+Solid+State+Drive+-+Black/2383054.p?id=1218325254350&skuId=2383054

OCZ Agility 3 60gb $92.99 - http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Ocz+Technology+-+Agility+3+AGT3-25SAT3-60G+60+GB+Internal+Solid+State+Drive/3771941.p?id=1218431630894&skuId=3771941

Corsair Force3 60gb $99.24 - http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Corsair+-+Force+3+CSSD-F60GB3A-BK+60+GB+Internal+Solid+State+Drive/4666494.p?id=1218500997351&skuId=4666494
post #2 of 12
You've read good things about Crucial for a reason - they make a very good SSD tongue.gif

I'd go for the Crucial M4 or the Samsung 830, which ever is cheaper.

The best method would probably be to re-install Windows. I'm sure you've already seen it, but Sean's guide is a good one to follow.


Hope this helps thumb.gif
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M4 hands down, faster than all the others and more reliable and better tech support.

It is always best to do a reinstall when you go from a HDD to a SSD, though you can do a system miroe with clonezilla, ToDo Backup, windows 7 built in Image tool, etc.

If you decide to reinstall check this: http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-guide-optimization-for-ssds-hdds

Also, maybe read this over too: http://www.overclock.net/t/1179518/seans-ssd-buyers-guide-information-thread

There is a bunch of other good info in those threads. thumb.gif
post #4 of 12
I'm pretty sure 99% of people here (including my self) will recommend the crucial M4 and to do a fresh install. OCZ seem to lack in the reliabilty department and the the corsairs sandforce controller is apparently rubbish. You can't go wrong with the M4.
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post #5 of 12
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M4 it is. Thanks very much for the links and responses. They are sincerely appreciated.
post #6 of 12
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Ugh...
I went to buy the M4 and it turns out I can't use the gift card as the drive isn't sold directly by Best Buy, but rather by a 3rd party vendor. The only drive in my price range that I can use the card for is the 60gb Vertex 2. Is it worth getting this or should I just save up and buy a M4 from Newegg and spend the card on something else? I don't really shop at BB anymore so I have no actual use for it aside from the SSD. That's what i get for not reading the fine print. rolleyes.gif
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BB has a new drive in stock that is somewhat in my budget range and I wanted to get some opinions here first before making any decisions. They now are selling the Corsair Force 3 -90gb for $139.99, which would only cost me $80 with the gift card. The few reviews I've read are positive for the most part and I've always had very positive experiences with Corsair products but I was hoping someone who may have experience with this drive (or any Corsair SSDs) could offer their input. They also have a Patriot Pyro 60gb SSD for $103.99 but I haven't heard much about Patriot SSDs so not sure what to think about it. Finally, they still have the OCZ Vertex 2 on sale (both 60gb and 80gb) but like I said in OP I haven't read many good things about those drives. Any help or advice is sincerely appreciated. Thanks!

Corsair Force 3: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Corsair+-+Force+3+CSSD-F90GB3-BK+90+GB+Internal+Solid+State+Drive/4168451.p?id=1218456935375&skuId=4168451

Patriot Pyro: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Patriot+Memory+-+Pyro+60GB+Internal+Serial+ATA+III+Solid+State+Drive/3603349.p?id=1218419325170&skuId=3603349
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I personally dont fully understand the hate toward the Corsair SSDs! I love mine and have had no issues (my F40 and F120 were bought when they were first released). For those that have problems (and I understand a few will), keep in mind that Corsair does have good customer service and should be able to help you out with a RMA or otherwise (which is why I try to get lots of Corsair products).
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I personally dont fully understand the hate toward the Corsair SSDs! I love mine and have had no issues (my F40 and F120 were bought when they were first released). For those that have problems (and I understand a few will), keep in mind that Corsair does have good customer service and should be able to help you out with a RMA or otherwise (which is why I try to get lots of Corsair products).

It isn't Corsair, Corsair is awesome, the SandForce controller of the Force 3 and Force GT is where the hate comes from lol.
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