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Wondering what kinda SSD to get for an x130e. I haven't bought the x130e which is still up for debate, but it supports SATA II (not SATA III frown.gif).

Chances are I will get 8GB of RAM and stick the SSD in there. I don't need something big. 64GB would be a maximum for this but I need something pretty darn quick and reliable, but also not too too expensive.

Any thoughts for an SSD for the x130e? (I assume the x130e will support a 2.5" SSD?)

Also, should I get the WiMAX internal wireless while I can (motherboard integrated) or should I just save the $60 and get an external USB/PCI card for something like that if desired? (It's a NETBOOK, after all - size is key here).

Any thoughts on ANYTHING, even the choice of netbook? Buying today before 3PM EST so please help! smile.gif
post #2 of 8
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Anyone on this? I need to decide before 3PM if I should get it from Lenovo.com and get exactly what I want but in two weeks or get it from PC Connection and have it tomorrow without the WiMAX. Same price either way.
post #3 of 8
If the i3 upgrade is an option, get it. The AMD E-350 isn't terrible, but it's kind of meh for a $400+ system. Also not sure on which type of SSD it supports, but it definitely takes 2.5" SSDs of standard(9.5mm) thickness.

I'd also go for the WiMax, I absolutely hate messing with wifi cards when you're short a wire- which I assume would be the case? You could get an Intel 6250 card, but it has to be whitelisted for HP/Lenovo models (you can find them on ebay).
 
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Took your advice and got the i3 model with WiMAX and Bluetooth just for kicks. I also ordered an extra 4GB model for $30. Seems worth it to have 8GB over 4GB this day in age.

What SSD should I get? I only need something from 40 to 64GB. I'd really like a 64GB model to be safe but I'm willing to get whatever is best at the GB level for the price.

Any thoughts!? The Intel 520 is available for sub $100, but so is a nice cheap Crucial RealSSD C300 which I have in my current rig.

What is the best choice for a small sized SSD?
post #5 of 8
There was *just* a huge sale on Crucial M4 64GB's at Newegg, for $65. If you can find one for $80-85, I'd go with that. Intel 320 SSD's actually aren't very reliable (some people had the 8MB bug even after patching). Crucial C300 is a solid choice if its at least $10 cheaper than the M4.
 
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Does the M4 outperform the C300?

What would be the best choice here regardless of money (not an option but curious).
post #7 of 8
The M4 is indeed faster than the C300. The Samsung 830 beats the M4 in a couple categories- mainly, sequential write speed, but it's a little slower in random reads, perhaps random writes. Seq. read is roughly the same (I forget - but the 830 64GB has ~500MB/s seq. read). I'd say its roughly a tie between those 2. If there's a Vertex 3 64GB, that might be the fastest in benches where they cheat (compressible data). And I'm not sure if the Corsair Performance Pro 3 64GB is out (maybe just 128GB models), but that's really similar to the M4.
 
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The sandforce controller in the vertex 3 was known to be full of bugs. I can't say if they fix it since I got rid of both my SSD because they were crashing and BSOD'ing on me.

I would definitely get a M4.

May I ask how much you paid for the machine including the i3 and wima ?


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