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Hey guys, finally dipping my toes in DIY and would love some pointers, recommendations, explanations and such. The biggest thing that sticks out to me at this moment is the SSD, theres such a wide range of opinions on reviews and I would like a generalized and clear cut answer although I know its not that way sometimes unfortunately. I'm willing to go up to $400 for the SSD if the benefits are significant enough to justify it. What does everyone think about the Intel X25-M 80GB?

I intend this rig for general purpose usage. Gaming, encoding, editing, web surfing, downloading, office/schoolwork. I have a nasty habit of multitasking a lot. Another goal is to achieve a 4.0GHZ stable OC with HT enabled without affecting the longevity of my system (3 years minimum). I'm pulling the trigger anywhere within a week.

CPU: Intel Core i7 930
GPU: NVIDIA eVGA GTX 470 2-Way SLi
Motherboard: ASUS P6T Deluxe
RAM: Patriot Extreme Performance Viper 1600MHZ 6GB DDR3
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB
SSD: Mushkin Callisto 60GB
CPU Heat Sink: Thermalright Venomous X
Fans: Panaflo 120mm 2100RPM x2 (Push/Pull)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Cooling MX-3 Premium 4grams
PSU: Silverstone Strider Plus 1000W
Case: Cooler Master HAF X
OS: Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-223F 22X Speedplus

Total: $2560 CAD
Max Budget: $3500 CAD

Thanks in advance.
Edited by Faeze 1 - 7/6/10 at 1:20am
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7 930 4.2 GHZ w/ HT @ 1.3125v ASUS P6TD Deluxe Gigabyte GTX 480 SLi un-mushkin enhanced. 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
OCZ Vertex II 60GB + Seagate 7200.12 1TB Samsung SH-223C Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit Silverstone Strider Plus 1000W 
Case
Cooler Master HAF X 
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Core i7 930 4.2 GHZ w/ HT @ 1.3125v ASUS P6TD Deluxe Gigabyte GTX 480 SLi un-mushkin enhanced. 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
OCZ Vertex II 60GB + Seagate 7200.12 1TB Samsung SH-223C Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit Silverstone Strider Plus 1000W 
Case
Cooler Master HAF X 
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I love my X-25M, just make sure that you get the Gen2 one, it's silver instead of black. After the decay that all hard drivers get, it holds around 74.5GB.
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1x Intel X25-M 80gb, WD Black 1TB Windows 7 Pro 64-bit Samsung Syncmaster 226BW Dell UltraQuiet 
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1x Intel X25-M 80gb, WD Black 1TB Windows 7 Pro 64-bit Samsung Syncmaster 226BW Dell UltraQuiet 
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Yeah, from the threads I've seen around here people seem to give Intel lots of credit. I was wondering though, with all of the new Sandforce 1200 controller drives from OCZ, Patriot, Mushkin, etc drives exceeding the read/write performance of the Intels by such a large margin, why are they still priced within the same range and preferred by so many users here?
Edited by Faeze 1 - 7/6/10 at 11:34am
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7 930 4.2 GHZ w/ HT @ 1.3125v ASUS P6TD Deluxe Gigabyte GTX 480 SLi un-mushkin enhanced. 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
OCZ Vertex II 60GB + Seagate 7200.12 1TB Samsung SH-223C Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit Silverstone Strider Plus 1000W 
Case
Cooler Master HAF X 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7 930 4.2 GHZ w/ HT @ 1.3125v ASUS P6TD Deluxe Gigabyte GTX 480 SLi un-mushkin enhanced. 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
OCZ Vertex II 60GB + Seagate 7200.12 1TB Samsung SH-223C Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit Silverstone Strider Plus 1000W 
Case
Cooler Master HAF X 
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