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It's the most wonderful time...of the year?

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I feel in the giving mood to...myself..after all the giving I did this holiday season, so my first act of kindness to myself is going to be a nice new SSD(s?)

I haven't really researched these much after they initially came out so I'm not too up to date on what the latest and greatest is currently. Now I come to you all at OCN hoping to pull knowledge and ideas from you. My budget isn't necessarily limitless but TBH I don't really care what I spend. I've read through some other postings and have seen the Crucial C300's recommended pretty heavily and some OCZ/Intel recommendations as well (which might already answer my question of what to buy lol).

My plans: now that I have graduated I figured I would reformat the sig rig and upgrade, upgrade, upgrade because who needs money for school now!! (yay no loans ) I plan to just put the OS and my games on the SSD, being that I'm not at home til later tonight I don't know the space I'll be needing yet, I would assume either 64 or 128GB should do the trick. I play SC2, TF2, and FO3&NV currently so I figure if I went the 128GB route it would just be for future installations and who doesn't like planning for the future (excuse to go big).

Questions:
Should I go a little further and go with a RAID setup (RAID 1?), so purchasing 2 SSD's in mirror?
Which SSD(s) would you recommend on purchasing?
Do I still need to make fixes to the SSD to make it perform at its best or was that only earlier when SSD's were first coming out?

[Feel free to add any additional information you think I might need to know or left out]
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Yes the C300 and vertex 2 are the most heavily recommended. You will get significant gains with a raid 0 setup, but with the C300 you should use the sata3gb/s ports if you raid. The marvell controller on the 6gb/s ports does not do raid well.

The c300 has poor write speeds, however your not really doing that much writing much of the time so you might at well have the really fast reads right? The vertex 2 has much better write speeds but is slower than the c300 in reads.

I would recommend the c300 or vertex 2 both are high end SSD's.

And you will need to tweak windows. You need to use ACHI mode and disable the pagefile, defrag, ect.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...E20-148-362-TS

If I take a look at this comparison, I see there are two different prices for each C300 but the only differences I see between each 64GB and 128GB is that one mentions:

ATA-8 w/TRIM, SMART Command Support, High-speed Synchronous NAND (unsure what this is about)

Data Transfer Kit: Cloning Software, USB to SATA cable (seems useless to me)

So I don't find the extra $20 for either the 64GB or 128GB referencing these additions seems worth it?
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