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I believe my HDD was the reason for my computer not posting, and I spent money elsewhere on my rig thinking it would help...

Oh well, upgrading from a 965->3770k doesn't seem so bad ($222) & a crosshair III formula to a MSI Z77 M Power ($50).

Long story short, I am ready to move on but I want to spend my money wisely: $225-300 budget which SSD is worthy of purchasing?


I have two Intel X25-M 40GB solid state drives, if I put them in RAID 0 and used them just for my operating system, will they operate better than using an SSD that you will recommend storing the Operating system AND other media files/games?

What I'm asking here: Is it more beneficial to have a SSD just for my operating system (in my case two really old SSDs in RAID 0) and another SSD for media/games/etc? If so, then would I see a difference in load times for my operating system if I were to compare the Intel SSDs in raid to the SSD you would recommend?




TL;DR: Recommend me a SSD that is under or equal to 500GB that is in my budget and worthy of using for half a decade.
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One of the best things about SSDs are they are all quick compared to an HDD.

Anything from Samsung, Crucial, Mushkin, Kingston or Corsair is fine. I think size is a more relevant question.

If you have had a large HDD and are used to putting everything on C drive then a SSD is going to feel a little cramped. I have a 128Gb drive. I keep my Steam library on my HDD but my productivity software, and documents etc on the SSD.

This Samsung is one of the better value for money options; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147249

With regards to Raid 0, generally speaking you get increased performance with greater risk. If any of the two drives fail you everything on the raid set. Basically you double your chances of failure as you have two devices.

Those two older drives may or may not outperform one newer one. Personally I have always found one SSD is plenty quick enough.
Edited by dihartnell - 12/28/13 at 11:44am
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Originally Posted by dihartnell View Post

One of the best things about SSDs are they are all quick compared to an HDD.

Anything from Samsung, Crucial, Mushkin, Kingston or Corsair is fine. I think size is a more relevant question.

If you have had a large HDD and are used to putting everything on C drive then a SSD is going to feel a little cramped. I have a 128Gb drive. I keep my Steam library on my HDD but my productivity software, and documents etc on the SSD.

This Samsung is one of the better value for money options; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147249

Funny, right before I pressed refresh I wanted to purchase the same drive you recommended:

http://www.rakuten.com/prod/samsung-840-evo-mz-7te500bw-500gb-2-5-sata-internal-solid-state-drive/252289753.html?listingId=-1

The website isn't as reputable as newegg, so I am slightly concerned, and I will have to pay sales tax on Newegg and Rakuten... I wonder if I can find the drive on overstock.com, because I believe they don't charge CA residents tax (I wish someone can chime in on this matter). EDIT: I checked overstock and they are charging $380 for the SSD! I wonder if TigerDirect will charge CA residents tax?


Well, right now I have two SSDs that are 40GB, and I wanted to try them out in RAID 0 for my operating system. I will use the 500GB SSD for games and other hardware, but I contemplating on buying an HDD down the line to store other media files. I survived pretty well with 2x 40GB SSDs and a 500GB HDD.
Edited by xquisit - 12/28/13 at 11:45am
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added comment about RAID 0 in first post.
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Understood, I will just use the SSDs elsewhere.

I might try Rakuten.com out so I can save some money (since I am paying sales tax)

In the meanwhile, I need the find out if Battlefield 4 + expansion will fit on a 37GB SSD. The MMORPG I play will not fit, so I want to do something with my time.
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