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And pay attention to read/write speeds. Not all SSD's are created equal. Micro Center has their own drives with good size/speed/price.
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20 to 40 gb is really too little. I'd get MINIMUM a 64gb Vertex 2. If you can't afford a decent SSD, then just don't buy it. You could maybe make a raid0 of 2 WD blacks or Samsung F3s instead.
I do currently have 2 of my drives running in a raid 0 which took me a little time to figure out lol! I did notice a diffence in speed but they are not the ones you listed. If I remember right the 2 that I have set up in raid0 is WD caviar se models, one being 250gb and the other being 160gb.
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20 to 40 gb is really too little. I'd get MINIMUM a 64gb Vertex 2. If you can't afford a decent SSD, then just don't buy it. You could maybe make a raid0 of 2 WD blacks or Samsung F3s instead.
Not really. I owned a 30GB Vertex (Indilinux) before my 40GB Callisto, and it was tight, but fine.

I'd put on a minimum of 40GB for comfortable usage, I have Windows 7, personal files and documents, a few commonly used programs and a few small videos on my 40GB, and I have just under 10GB remaining.
    
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Would buying one for just the OS still increase the overall speed of the computer (by quite a bit) even if you have programs on another drive (say a hdd)? I have just seen some of the smaller ones here for sale and they seems pretty reasonably priced (smaller ones meaning in that 20gb to 40gb range).
YES

My aforementioned 64GB Crucial is SATA III, and stores only my OS and startup/background (always on) programs. I also have an 8GB partition on it as a pagefile for ANY program that lets me specify a pagefile (Mainly Photoshop and whatever program I'm currently using for HD video encoding/editing) which I noticed helps a LOT since I've been doing it (especially for video).
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Not really. I owned a 30GB Vertex (Indilinux) before my 40GB Callisto, and it was tight, but fine.

I'd put on a minimum of 40GB for comfortable usage, I have Windows 7, personal files and documents, a few commonly used programs and a few small videos on my 40GB, and I have just under 10GB remaining.
I was just thinking if it were for the OS alone it wouldn't have to be that big. Thats why I was asking if just having the OS on it alone would make a difference. I didn't know that they are all different in speeds. I would have thought maybe a little here and there but for the most part all of them being pretty close to the same. Good to know, even though I don't know what good and bad speeds are just yet lol! Put that on my to learn list before looking at any more of them!
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YES

My aforementioned 64GB Crucial is SATA III, and stores only my OS and startup/background (always on) programs. I also have an 8GB partition on it as a pagefile for ANY program that lets me specify a pagefile (Mainly Photoshop and whatever program I'm currently using for HD video encoding/editing) which I noticed helps a LOT since I've been doing it (especially for video).
I do burn some videos from time to time and I was thinking that would be one program that I would want on the ssd!
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I do currently have 2 of my drives running in a raid 0 which took me a little time to figure out lol! I did notice a diffence in speed but they are not the ones you listed. If I remember right the 2 that I have set up in raid0 is WD caviar se models, one being 250gb and the other being 160gb.
A raid0 with 2 different drives isn't really good. Like I said, just save some money and see what you can get - don't buy all the stuff one buy one, and mostly: don't buy cheap stuff, used stuff without warranty and used SSDs (since they have a limited write lifespan). Quality over quantity/performance, anyday.
     
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You want an SSD with the Sandforce controller, they are the best balance of fast read/write, avoid Indilinux controllers, that's old and slower.

Yes, you'd notice a hell of a difference with just the OS on it, that's the idea of a boot drive.

The OCZ Vertex 2/Corsair Force series are great.
    
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A raid0 with 2 different drives isn't really good. Like I said, just save some money and see what you can get - don't buy all the stuff one buy one, and mostly: don't buy cheap stuff, used stuff without warranty and used SSDs (since they have a limited write lifespan). Quality over quantity/performance, anyday.
Do you mean with the 2 drives being different sizes? I did read that but I thought I would give it a shot anyway. Files that I have personal stuff on (movies, pics, etc) I keep on a different drives so I thought if these would fail in raid0 it wouldn't be a huge loss.
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You want an SSD with the Sandforce controller, they are the best balance of fast read/write, avoid Indilinux controllers, that's old and slower.

Yes, you'd notice a hell of a difference with just the OS on it, that's the idea of a boot drive.

The OCZ Vertex 2/Corsair Force series are great.
I am guessing that come of the cheaper ssd that I have seen listed here and for sale other places may be the cheaper, not so good ones! I will have to pay a little closer attention to exactly what they are!
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