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Summer is coming up soon and a lot of PC products are going to be on sale, and I need a ssd but don't know which one.

Space will be at least 120gb. Higher is better.
Budget is probably lower than 200 dollar.

Ill using only amazon, tigerdirect or newegg.
     
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^^ I'll be using only amazon, tigerdirect and newegg.
     
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Best ssd atm in both speed and reliability is the samsung 840 pro.
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To me, reliability and consistency of performance are the two most important things in an SSD, followed by size. Everything else is unimportant if the first two aren't met.

With that in mind, here's my list of "Best Consumer SSDs"...
- Samsung 830 256GB (insane reliability, and extremely consistent and high performance; can be found for $160-190, and still an excellent buy despite being a generation old)
- Plextor M5P-Xtreme 256GB (one of the most consistently performing drives there is, excellent performance, and solid reliability; sales put this @ $180 or so, making it a tie with the 830 for best drive for the money)
- Intel 520 180GB (good performance, high consistency, extremely reliable; the only example of a top tier Sandforce drive; one gen old combined with the high price makes this a choice for those who valuethe name over anything else)
- Samsung 840Pro 256GB (extremely high performance, reliability is good but a step back from the 830; still puts it above almost all others, though; $200 or so)
- Intel 335 180GB (good performance and Intel's reliability makes for a very above average consumer drive; currently on sale @ Tigerdirect for like $145)
- Crucial M4 256GB (the workhorse of the SSDs, extremely reliable with consistent if not earth shattering performance; $150-180)

The new OCZ Vector 150 looks like it may be a good drive, and a step towards redemption for OCZ and their spotty history and checkered reputation. I have high hopes, but I also would wait until it's been thoroughly beaten on by some people before buying.

The fact is, in a double blind test with equivalent size drives, no one will be able to pick out one drive from another in regular use (ie gaming, browsing Web, word processing or spreadsheets, etc). They're all so much faster than a hard drive, and by nature have access times in the fractions of a ms, that the speeds advertised are nothing more than epeen for many.
I can't tell a single difference between my 830 256GB, 840Pro 256GB, Plextor M5P-Xtreme 256GB, or even M5P-Xtreme 512GB in use. They are all within a second of another for boot and shutdown, and file transfers are bottlenecked by the HDDs (even the extremely fast WD10EZEX 1TB HDDs in RAID0 @ 418MBs, WD VelociRaptor 1TB in RAID0 @ 391MBs, or Seagate 7200.14 3TB in RAID0 @ 422MBs).

I'm hard pressed to find much difference between a single 830 256GB and 2x 840Pro 256GB in RAID0, even! Load times are maybe 1-2s shorter, but boot up is actually longer.

The fact that the 830 256GB stands as the most reliable drive (look up SSD TORTURE TEST; it lasted over 20,000 P/E cycles, beating the competition by 3 to 25 times as many, with some drives failing even before their rated 3k PE cycles!), and the fact that it performs identically with either compressible or in compressible data makes it a legend in my eyes.
Sure, I have newer," faster" drives, but the 830 is my OS drive and will be for a very very long time. I probably won't switch until SATA Express with 12GB/sec speeds comes out...
   
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