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Ok, if I can get the Agility from Ducky that's one down. As for the other drive, I see a $85 shipped suggestion for a 32GB drive. Does this mean a 32GB drive will be enough for Windows 7 Professional x64 and a normal amount of office/general use programs? If so, I can get an OCZ Onyx for $50 after MIR from Microcenter, but it's only one drive per rebate so I cannot get two.

Hey guys,

I'm building a pair of computers for my half brother's dad and his dad's husband (yes you read that right). They both work in real estate and use their ancient computers for their business. I'm doing my best to build them fast/reliable computers while keeping the cost fairly low. My target was a pair of $400 machines, totaling $800, but we can go over budget if necessary, as I don't want to skimp on quality since I'm 2000 miles away from them and can't "come to the rescue" if there are hardware troubles.

The SSD will contain their operating system (Windows 7 Professional x64) and their programs. As for the programs, it will be Microsoft Office and maybe an extra 1-5GB of other programs... I don't think they have many.

So what SSD would you recommend? Would a 32GB drive be cutting it too close? I was hoping to grab a pair of 64GB drives for $75 each (like the Woot sale the other day) but I'm not having much luck right now. The computers don't need to be built right away, but the other components are either bought or being bought this week, so I am a little anxious to get everything put together to make sure parts work.

Here's the rest of their components (some bought, some planned):
Athlon II X4 640 3.0GHz
4GB DDR3 1333
Biostar 760G
ASUS 24x DVD Burner
9500GT
OCZ 600W ModXStream
2 x 1TB Samsung F3 for RAID 1 (they were worried about backup)
Case undecided, haven't seen any inspiring deals
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$356

Please don't make suggestions on the parts listed above (other than the case, which are welcome). The PSU's I already have, got the 9500GT's for $5 each from Microcenter, RAM was $35 shipped, and the motherboards were free if you purchase a $95 X4 640. F3's I got for $56/each shipped.

Suggest away!! Again, I'm looking to get 64GB (or 32GB if you think it's enough) for as cheap as I can without giving them something that will break. I do not need suggestions of $100+ SSD's nor do I need 250+ Mb/sec transfer speeds, these are two old guys who are currently on Pentium 3's...
Edited by durch - 1/3/11 at 12:41pm
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I have an OCZ 60GB Agility 1 for $80 shipped...
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OCZ Vertex 2 60GB @ $119, it has garbage collection.

I would jump on this if you don't mind buying used:

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I have an OCZ 60GB Agility 1 for $80 shipped...
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