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Hello all,

I just picked up a brand new Acer Aspire 3820TG and I'm completely psyched, but I know already I'm going to want to swap out the 500GB 5400RPM drive it comes with and grab an SSD. I'm looking to get an SSD that matches the laptop well in terms of performance, capacity, and price. I'll be using the 500GB I take out in an external case for backup/storage, so the SSD will basically be used for the OS, work, and some games.

All that said, I've settled on the Intel 320 120GB available for $210 shipped, and I'll explain my reasoning, but I'm also wondering if I've settled too quickly. It seems the new 320 series is simply the G2's tweaked + 25nm chips and re-released. This isn't a bad thing in my eyes as I have a 160GB G2 (got for a wicked price of $400 over a year and a half ago), and have been happy with it. I like the faster random reads and writes the drives offer over other cheaper options and Intel's reliability. Other drives I've considered are are the C300 (available for $200 shipped), but it seems to have firmware issues and I worry about reliability, and I don't need such fast sequential read speeds as I do higher overall performance. I also looked at OCX's Vertex 2's and Agility 2's ($180-200 shipped), but their even worse reputation for reliability drove me away again.

I guess the worse thing about the 320 is its price, at $210 or $1.89/GB it's nothing to write home about, but it is new and I guess a premium comes with that. Anything else I should consider? Again, I don't need a Vertex 3 or a 510 as the drives would simply be bottlenecked by the rest of the laptop.

Thanks for advice/opinions, it's much appreciated.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5 2500K @ 5.0GHz Gigabyte Z68XP-UD4 Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD7970 G.Skill Sniper DDR3-2133 2x4GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 830 256GB SSD Samsung Ecogreen F4 2TB HDD Samsung SH-223B DVD-RW XSPC RayStorm CPU water block 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Watercool/Heatkiller GPU-X3 79x0 Ni-Bl water block XSPC RX240 240mm radiator Swiftech MCR220 240mm radiator Swiftech MCP350 pump 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
2x 2 Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP-15 fans on radiators Windows 7 Professional 64-bit Dell Dell 30" WFP3007-HC Dell Media Keyboard 
PowerCaseMouse
Seasonic X650 650W Cooler Master CM690 II Advanced Logitech G500 
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