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post #21 of 27
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Guys let's get this straight: I am willing to invest in a cheap SSD, but I just cannot afford an Velicoraptor.
 
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There will be some improvement. It will feel a lot snappier. What ever you do, don't get a WD Black drive. They can get quite loud.

You might want to invest into an SSD. I would recommend the Curcial M4 256GB SSD. It is one of the cheaper, but it is a good SSD. You should look into that alternative, as the prices for SSDs are quite good now.
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I only really need a cheap 60GB SATAIII SSD. 256GB is overkill for my build. Any recommendations?
 
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I only really need a cheap 60GB SATAIII SSD. 256GB is overkill for my build. Any recommendations?

Crucial M4, Plextor M5S, Intel 520, Samsung 830... Any of those are proven value. The Intel and the Samsung are presumably the most reliable, Crucial providing the best price/performance ratio, and the Plextor being relatively new but already having made its own place as a great drive.

The new Samsung 840s are said to last less time, but testing done appoints that it is still WAY more durable than its estimated life cycle.
   
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Crucial M4, Plextor M5S, Intel 520, Samsung 830... Any of those are proven value. The Intel and the Samsung are presumably the most reliable, Crucial providing the best price/performance ratio, and the Plextor being relatively new but already having made its own place as a great drive.

The new Samsung 840s are said to last less time, but testing done appoints that it is still WAY more durable than its estimated life cycle.

All of these are good recommendations. I would add in OCZ Vertex and Agility drives from the second gen (so Agility II and Vertex II) as well as ADatas, SanDisk, and Kingston. Really you are just looking for a reliable SSD you don't need to spend a lot to get the fastest on the market. I still have Corsair M30's in rigs around here that are well past their prime (4+ years) but they still blow the socks off most mechanical drives. It really doesn't matter which SSD as they are all much faster than a mech drive.

I'm not familiar with any stores in Holland though so I am afraid I can't point you towards any specific deals. As a money saving tip just to get you into a SSD I would not be afraid of buying refurbished ones that have a warranty. I buy refurbs from Newegg with 180 day warranties quite often. They are usually around 30-40 USD for a 60-90 Gb drives. And by quite often I mean probably 12-15 this year alone. Never had a single problem with them (From OCZ, Kingston, and Corsair)
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I STRONGLY DISAGREE with the Vertex/Agility drive suggestion! The rest are sound, but STAY AWAY FROM OCZ unless it's the Vector (wait for the upcoming Vector 150), the Vertex3 MaxIOPS, or the new Vertex 450.

My favorite SSD of all time is the Samsung 830; ridiculously reliable, supremely consistent performance, and every single part was made entirely by Samsung, so no outsourcing parts that may have compatibility issues. Whereas companies like OCZ and Corsair are "SSD Assemblers", Samsung is a true "SSD MAKER"!


Oh, and the VelociRaptor is NOT a good suggestion... They are great game drives, but even the 1TB ones I have are all beaten in sequential throughput by the WD10EZEX, while their Random performance is still 60-200x lower than even a mediocre SSD... They are phenomenal RAID drives, and perhaps the best drives for a RAID0 of short-stroked mechanical drives for games or a giant "swap drive" for Photoshop or the like, but they cost WAY too much for what they are... And even then, they're mostly filling a void that is ceasing to exist...
   
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I STRONGLY DISAGREE with the Vertex/Agility drive suggestion! The rest are sound, but STAY AWAY FROM OCZ unless it's the Vector (wait for the upcoming Vector 150), the Vertex3 MaxIOPS, or the new Vertex 450.

poke.gif If you read carefully I specifically mention the Vertex and Aglity II's.... Any of the second gen OCZ's are reliable and can be found quite cheaply (For awhile they were the only recommended SSDs in this forum because the only competitor Intel's were 2x the price.) The third generation though I will agree should be avoided like the plague. All in all I have roughly 18 OCZ 2nd generation SSDs with the oldest being used nearly constantly for the past 3.5 years. Not a single issue with any of them. Two 3rd generation failed within 2 months on me though so I won't touch them.
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