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What's a good and cheap SSD for a HTPC?

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I'd like to upgrade the HDD in my HTPC to an SSD (lots of acronyms!) but I can't afford much so I'm not sure what to get.

The HDD will only be used as a system drive (Windows 7 and Ubuntu) and no videos will be streamed off it, etc.

I'd just like to increase the time it takes to switch between applications and using the applications in general (ie. XBMC --> PowerDVD --> Hulu Desktop, etc).
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post #2 of 4
How much RAM is on the HTPC? You can load them up all in RAM first....


That said I'm using a Corsair 30GB Nova (Indilinx Barefoot) in mine since it was only $42.

Microcenter usually has the OCZ 30GB Oynx on sale. This uses an Indilinx Amigo controller and will be fine for an OS/app drive.
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There's 4 GB of RAM (DDR2) in there, but I'm not sure if the media player (XBMC/PowerDVD, etc) swaps out memory during playback. So even if it's loaded into memory at boot (which I don't think is possible?), when I change to a memory-hungry app it might just use it all anyways, right?
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Samsung 840 EVO 128 GB SSD Samsung 850 PRO 1 TB SSD Lite-On 12X Blu-ray Burner (IHBS112-29) Noctua NH-D15 
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post #4 of 4
I have a nova. Its a great lil SSD.

Cheap as hell too if you get it used.
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