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If you aren't a fan of reading a wall of text, I am looking for your help in deciding a 120GB SSD to purchase. $160 max.


I have not made any changes to my sig rig in the last two years at all. I do not have any plans to upgrade any other parts of the system atm and have $160 budget max for an upgrade. I am debating on whether to go with a new SSD or a corsair H100 to OC my good ol' 875k to over 4Ghz to get the most out of it. But its one or the other, not both.

I was eager to future proof my system back when I got it and opted for an affordable and fast at the time SSD. Currently have an original OCZ Vertex Turbo 30GB SATA II ssd...I am down to 5.5GB of space left, and I am fine with that. Currently all that is on the drive is the OS, Office Suite, iTunes and a few small programs, no games at all. Everything else windows sees is routed to the 1 TB black and it is fast enough for my needs as is honestly.

Boot times are around 30 sec from cold start to desktop and sleep to browsing is less than 5-10 seconds.

However, concerns are as follows:
Space! I have only got 5GB left on the drive and that is of concern.
Life span: I am not sure, but SSD life is reading things wrong with the drive. The reasoning behind this is an error with the firmware ver. 1.6 (newest is 1.7) on the drive. I have not gone to 1.7 as it requires clean wipe of the drive and a re-install of windows and all else. That is too much of a pain for little/no gain.
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My Chipset is also not the greatest for SATA III. With my P7P55D-E mobo, I have two SATA III ports, by Marvel as the P55 Ibex Peak chipset has no native SATA 6G support at all.

I am currently looking for a SATA III drive regardless of this chipset. I have come up with this as my real option of choice due to price.
Mushkin Chronos 120 GB
OCZ Agility 120GB
OCZ Vertex 3 120GB

Or if I am adventurous: OCZ Vertex 4 I kinda like this option due to the new controller and its stability with compressible and impcompressible data. But my knowledge here is lacking.

My question to you is WHAT SHOULD I GET?

I will likely have issues with windows installing again as I only have the upgrade media for windows 7 ultimate x64. I might have to use acronis backup to transfer an image of the system to my new SSD. Will this cause issues?
Edited by SOCOM_HERO - 5/6/12 at 10:56pm
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I don't know what you are asking. If everything is fine, then don't upgrade. Your SSD should be fine as it should last a lot longer unless you constantly read and write from it. If I were you, I would get a better monitor and GPU. 1440x900 is stuck back in the stone age.
    
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I am basically asking what to buy or not buy out of the links above or your own personal recommendation.
My issue is I am simply going to run out of space on the SSD I have within a year or so at the rate at which things are installed to it that cannot be easily removed (windows updates, ect.)

as for the monitor and gpu...I am waiting on a reason to upgrade that makes financial sense as I rarely game on this machine.

Edited OP for clarity
Edited by SOCOM_HERO - 5/6/12 at 10:56pm
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Tough choice! But I kick out Agility since I never had it. I owned 60gb of Muskin Calisto and Vertex 2.
Prisewise I think the Chronos will work, plus it comes with a bracket.

I had my Calisto for about 16 months and it has about 85% life left. I used to reformat like crazy to keep performance. buutttt recently I discovered it doesn't do much.
Edited by Kiros - 5/6/12 at 11:56pm
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Does anyone know what the differences are with the flash NAND between the OCZ drives and the Mushkin?
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bump....its been a week and I am starting to think I do need this upgrade.
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Sorry to bump the bump, but the Mushkin is on sale http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226236 and I am seriously considering pulling the trigger on this soon. I just want to know if the NAND and the SF-2281 controller are any good on this drive or if I should continue shopping around.
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