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I recently made a decision to buy my first SSD.
I remember one year ago, there was a very long discussion about why everyone should buy a SSD.
Many people (including myself) were saying "they're too expensive. let's wait".
It looks like the long wait is finally coming to an end.

On newegg, I see HUGE discounts on SSD's.

Crucial V4 looks affordable and adequate since I only have sata 2.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148588

But then I realized the Intel 330 240GB is only $20 more.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167127

And finally, I see the intel 520 240GB is down to a mere $250 !!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167086

Will prices fall further in the next 1-2 months?

I think the Crucial V4 needs a price slash to be competitive with Intel 330 and other manufactuers.
I love would to pickup a Crucial V4 256GB for $150 or less.
I just want a reliable SSD which can max or almost max out Sata 2.
Edited by Partol - 9/4/12 at 10:42am
     
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post #2 of 47
Right now it's cheap enough, I imagine with time it will get cheaper as most things do. However these days I see deals for 120gb for less than 100, no longer 200+ so it's pretty good.


If you're interested in them, go for it. Although I'd stay away from OCZ as I've read too many problems with them.
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Now's a great time to buy a SSD. Prices have been at their lowest. Lots of great deals going on all the time.

If you would like to see even better deals here in the near future (2-3 months) I'm sure there will be lots of great deals here in the US (you didn't include your location) when we get closer to the holidays. (black friday, cyber monday, x-mas, ect.)
 
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post #4 of 47
never a bad time to buy a SSD smile.gif

Prices have been going down over the last few months...I don't see them going down much more. There isn't any new market changing designs coming out in the near future that I've heard of.

Lately I've been wondering what they've been so high so long and now all of a sudden there are deals on them.

I've gotten SSDs for our two laptops and a bigger one for my main rig (smaller one is now running the OS in the main media machine) and I don't even think SSDs are that big of a deal. Insanely fast boot times are about the only thing I truly notice, but then I am coming from years of only using RAID 0 arrays. My exercise room media machine is still running 3 10k drives in a raid 0...it's not too far behind the SSDs. However, for the prices we are seeing on the SSDs they are turning into an affordable luxury item.
Edited by Vagrant Storm - 9/4/12 at 10:44am
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I just bought mine fyi Samsung includes a game I got ghost recon with mine. Idk why they don't advertise it.

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Pfft, I thought last year was the perfect time to buy. You would have to have a job mopping floors at McDonald's during the night shift to not have an SSD in your computer right now.

I bought my 64GB Crucial M4 last year for $114.99, and it was on sale too. When I went to pick it up they only had a few left. Last month I got a 256GB Crucial M4 for $179.99 from Fry's (Pricematched TigerDirect).

That's how much prices have dropped.

So yes, buy one NOW!
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Definitely a good time as stated (prices are droppin' like rocks) thumb.gif
A few forum favorites are the Crucial M4s and Samsung 830s, both priced well (esp when on sale) and very reliable.
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IMO, SSDs still need some time to become more stable. Remember SSDs die after a certain amount of data has been written on them.

I still think they're not safe for storage, but certainly suit for boot drive. For me, I don't see a reason to go to an SSD yet. My boot times are about ~40 seconds from cold boot and I don't care if MS Word loads 1 second slower. tongue.gif
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IMO, SSDs still need some time to become more stable. Remember SSDs die after a certain amount of data has been written on them.
I still think they're not safe for storage, but certainly suit for boot drive. For me, I don't see a reason to go to an SSD yet. My boot times are about ~40 seconds from cold boot and I don't care if MS Word loads 1 second slower. tongue.gif

That's why you back your data up. It's worth the 5 minutes of my time to take my external HDD with software encryption out of the drawer, mount the Truecrypt file, and copy/paste my important files and whatnot over there. Then I dismount the truecrypt file, and throw the HDD back into the drawer. Done. Takes 5 minutes with USB 3.0 (I don't back up my games, just music, documents, personal movies and videos, etc)
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Also the MBTF on SSDs is actually quite substantial, IIRC with the estimated read/writes you'd have to be using it constantly for like 6 years or so.
The problem with SSDs (now) isn't reliability so much as price/GB for mass storage.
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