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I'm looking into getting my first SSD. I have an Asus P8P67 Pro board and have a Samsung spinpoint F3 500GB 16MB cache HDD.

I don't have any experience with SSD's, but I'm guessing I'd load win7 onto the SSD and put movies/media on the HDD. Possibly load a game onto the SSD as well.

I think a 64GB drive might do the trick, if not then a 128GB. There's a bunch out there as I searched around, but what's a quality SSD to invest into? Under $200 hopefully.
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I use a 64GB A-Data drive, works excellently, have about 40GB free as I only installed windows plus a few programs such as Google chrome, firefox, itunes, ect. - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820211485 - probably the best price for performance $114, everyone gives them rave reviews, i love mine!
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I recently picked up a 64GB ssd, loaded win7 onto it, starcraft II, firefox and my usual other assortment of apps and I'm still > 20GB in the clear.

EDIT: I bought a rebranded ADATA of the one linked above. So far working quite fine and it's a steal

If you're just looking for a fast boot/OS drive then a 64GB with something quality like a sandforce controller should be good, and can be had for ~$120 easily. They will not have stellar reads/writes (although to be fair you still get 100MB/sec+) compared to more pricey drives, but the access times are still quite nice and that's what really "feels" different when using SSD.

If you find yourself needing to read/write lots of files all the time, and want a beefier drive, it will be very hard to find for under 200, as 128GB drives typically run $250 to start, and more for nicer drives.
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I got my 64GB c300 at newegg's shell shocker for $99.95 shipped. Raided it and I can't complain. 2 for around $200 will prolly smoke most 128GB out there that cost more than $200 bucks
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c300 is very nice, but to be fair it will be very hard to find them regularly for $100 a pop.

Raided 60GBs will definitely offer great performance, at the price of TRIM and difficulty in finding for < $200.
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I would go with a 128.
I started with 1 64gb and maybe a week later bought a second and raided them. Now I'm using a single 128.

Its better to have more space then you need, then to find out you don't have enough.
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post #7 of 10
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I would go with a 128.
I started with 1 64gb and maybe a week later bought a second and raided them. Now I'm using a single 128.

Its better to have more space then you need, then to find out you don't have enough.
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c300 is very nice, but to be fair it will be very hard to find them regularly for $100 a pop.

Raided 60GBs will definitely offer great performance, at the price of TRIM and difficulty in finding for < $200.
Very good point.

I guess if you are on a budget, You gotta scan the net for deals. Amazon sold a 64GB A-Data SSD for 69.99 after rebate. I almost pulled the trigger coz I need another set to have of my OS'es on 2 separate drives (4 physical SSDs). I'm too broke to pull the trigger though
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post #9 of 10
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Thanks for the input so far, it's got me considering 128GB now. In the quick research I did of TRIM, it seems like a make-or-break for SSD's to keep it performing optimally. If I decide to go this route, what are some good 128GB ones?
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TRIM isn't necessarily make or break, because many newer drives have their own garbage collection as well, however the cost is that they are more wearing on the flash cells meaning the cells will use up their limited lifetime cycles more quickly. Most people say this isn't a problem because it was likely to last 7 or 8 years to start, so it might last 5 or 6 years even with increased wear, which is longer than most people will really need the drive for, but I for one like to baby my hardware and get the most out of my purchases lifespan.

If you get a gen2 SSD and run it on Win7 I can't think of any that won't use TRIM natively.
For 128GB I'd still look at the same folks as the 64GB, c300s are sweet. The vertex2s also offer very nice performance and surprisingly arent much more than 200.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-590-_-Product

Both support TRIM.
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