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If you are going to buy a mSata SSD, I highly recommend the Samsung drives. They seem to be so much nicer than any other ssd I've used in the past and the prices are very competitive for sure. Microcenter has a great deal going on for the 850 Evo 250gig for only $85 right now. Can't really beat that I'd say. Add a 500gig - 1tb 7200rpm drive later and you'll be good to go as far as performance for your OS and Storage optiions for lots of data.

Microcenter: Samsung mSata 250gig 850 Evo SSD
http://www.microcenter.com/product/445924/850_EVO_Series_250GB_SATA_III_6Gb-s_mSATA_Internal_Solid_State_Drive_Single_Unit_Version_MZ-M5E250BW

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I bought a 1tb 5400rpm WD Blue drive, seeing as how I couldn't find too many 7200rpm 1tb drives in Canada. I will reserve the mSata drive until later and maybe use it for booting a secondary OS.
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I bought a 1tb 5400rpm WD Blue drive, seeing as how I couldn't find too many 7200rpm 1tb drives in Canada. I will reserve the mSata drive until later and maybe use it for booting a secondary OS.


IMHO you made a mistake. A SSD is the #1 best upgrade of any laptop that is absolutely NEEDED. You'd see such a huge jump in performance its not even funny. I'll be selling my XPS 14 here pretty soon, you'll have to check out my vid of it booting up...
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IMHO you made a mistake. A SSD is the #1 best upgrade of any laptop that is absolutely NEEDED. You'd see such a huge jump in performance its not even funny. I'll be selling my XPS 14 here pretty soon, you'll have to check out my vid of it booting up...

I have an SSD, I already mentioned that I put a Crucial M4 in the main drive to boot from.
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I have an SSD, I already mentioned that I put a Crucial M4 in the main drive to boot from.

Yeah, but getting a 850 Evo mSata would be so much nicer lol tongue.gif
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Yeah, but getting a 850 Evo mSata would be so much nicer lol tongue.gif

Nothing is better than 0 cost though, which is ideal for a system like this
    
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forgot this was spendnothing.net, not Overclock.net tongue.gif
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forgot this was spendnothing.net, not Overclock.net tongue.gif

This is a budget system and its clearly a concern of the OP that he made a point of, I mean its the very reason why the thread exists. To get feedback on the cheapest upgrade to keep the cheap system cheap, while making the biggest noticeable improvement which was an SSD. He just happen to have one in another system and pulled it from there lol.
    
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This is a budget system and its clearly a concern of the OP that he made a point of, I mean its the very reason why the thread exists. To get feedback on the cheapest upgrade to keep the cheap system cheap, while making the biggest noticeable improvement which was an SSD. He just happen to have one in another sys7tem and pulled it from there lol.

Yeah I understand that completely, but how long is a 120 gig ssd going to last anyone with the OS installed on it. Ssd's don't run great once they are over 75% full. 250 gig for OS , programs and some files are pretty minimum. I've pulled a drive from an old setup to use like that too, but I'm sure $85 for a 250 gig mSata drive ain't bad since it's on sale for that cheap and I'm sure it's better performance that the older one that was put in. Samsung's drives are pretty hard to beat in overall performance and reliability today. Also I'm just busting some balls at the same time. It ain't personal lol
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The Cheapest price of the EVO here in Canada is $120 (plus 13% tax and shipping), I did look into it but decided I won't be getting it just yet. Maybe in a few months or I may see what other msata drives come out in the future.

With the OS and a few lightweight games the 128gb ssd is just over 50% full. Since I won't be using it for gaming all that much I can't see it ever getting to more than 75% full, especially once I add the 1tb drive in the DVD Caddy once I get that. It's also not my main computer either, just something I bought because it was cheap and I wanted to have around on those relatively rare occasions where I might need portable access to the internet on something that's not a tablet or a phone.

I paid $270 for this system and the CPU is more than 3 generations old by now. I definitely like that 250gb EVO but I'm not going to pull the trigger right away. If the computer were more gaming focused I could see a use as a games drive but in this system it would just be extra storage that I don't really need. Perhaps if I get accepted to grad school I will justify getting it...
Edited by Sargas290X - 2/9/16 at 6:29am
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