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30gb SSD is probably the best but i can not find this cheap in the UK, only cheap in the US! lol

people keep saying VelociRaptor are cheaper than SSD's, over in the UK i can't find any cheaper than £100 (nearly 200$) 30Gb SSD's are around £60.

isn't it more about the MS speed rather than the read write speed? the VelociRaptor is literally the same as the SSD on read and faster on right but because of the MS timing on games and OS start up the SSD is apparently 5x quicker on some of the reviews i've read.
Well IMO the SSD'd are supper worth it. The OCZ Core series is great and the Vertex series that just came I can only imagine what the Vertex with the 32MB cache would feel like. My two 30GB SSD's are right about the exact same seed as three Raptors in RAID0. And my burst rate, and seek time absolutely blow em out of the water. If it is speed you want get the SSD's, Maybe someone in the states here can get them for you or something.
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Intel's are very very expensive nearly £400 compared with the £60 in OCZ, either that or there's something seriously wrong with the OCZ ones lol, what have you read about them? any major issues?
Unfortunately, you get what you pay for with SSDs. There is a reason why high-end ones cost $500+. There have been lots of reports on stuttering issues with the OCZ Core v1/v2. However, as far as I am aware to get rid of most of the issues with the Cores you need a dedicated raid controller with onboard cache, the more cache the better. OCZ are working on a V3 of the Core series, with a different controller I think, with onboard cache and a lot better random write speeds. There should be some workarounds/tweaks for these issues.
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Unfortunately, you get what you pay for with SSDs. There is a reason why high-end ones cost $500+. There have been lots of reports on stuttering issues with the OCZ Core v1/v2. However, as far as I am aware to get rid of most of the issues with the Cores you need a dedicated raid controller with onboard cache, the more cache the better. OCZ are working on a V3 of the Core series, with a different controller I think, with onboard cache and a lot better random write speeds. There should be some workarounds/tweaks for these issues.
The stuttering can be taken care of with a few OS tweaks. Nothing complicated and nothing that can not be undone at any time. Once the tweaks are in place you will not see any stuttering at all on the V2. I can say that as I own two, I am talking from personal experience not something I read on a review. TBH the Vertex drives are the way to go right now, they are right on par with a 500.00 SSD's but for 1/4 of the cost. I am not sure when retailers will carry them but they are released to the market as far as I know. Like I said the onboard cache is what stops the stuttering without tweaking the OS. This is why a RAID card come in handy, the RAID card should have onboard memory that acts as a cache. When I by the RAID card for these drives the speed increase from what I read can reach almost to 800MB R/W.

EDIT: I just noticed the link above that is what I was talking about. I used the Vista one.
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I know. I've done a fair amount of research because I plan on getting a good set up of HDDs/SSDs. I like to know everything before I spend huge amounts of money. Anyway, lovely SSD speeds, but seriously, 30GB just won't cut it. I mean, Vista, 3 applications and 2 games, max?
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ssd is probably better for speed but it takes a chunk out of your wallet
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I'd say get 3 640GB Caviar Blacks. Raptors are a waste... And SSD's are stupid expensive considering the amount of space you get... They are not even amazingly fast on their own.

This is what 3 640GB Caviar Blacks will get you. This is only with my crappy onboard RAID controller as well:



You can get 3 of them for under $250 USD shipped.

This is a lot faster than your single SSD, a lot more spacious and also cheaper.

Imagine 3 or even 4 of these on a Dedicated RAID card like the Dell PERC 5/i!
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I'd say get 3 640GB Caviar Blacks. Raptors are a waste... And SSD's are stupid expensive considering the amount of space you get... They are not even amazingly fast on their own.

This is what 3 640GB Caviar Blacks will get you. This is only with my crappy onboard RAID controller as well:



You can get 3 of them for under $250 USD shipped.

This is a lot faster than your single SSD, a lot more spacious and also cheaper.

Imagine 3 or even 4 of these on a Dedicated RAID card like the Dell PERC 5/i!
like i said isn't access speed much more important then write speeds?
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like i said isn't access speed much more important then write speeds?
1. That is read speed.
2. You think you will notice anything faster than 10ms?
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From this September 08 article: http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2008/09...hdd/page3.html

Of course, this is with a crucial SSD not the OCZ ones, couldn't find such a comparison for them but still interesting if you're looking at velociraptor
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Hold tight, Scan.co.uk should be having 30gb SSDs in for £55 soon.

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/30GB-...id-State-Drive

• Read: up to 155 MB/sec.
• Write: up to 90 MB/sec.

Not that good though?
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