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OCZ Vertex 2, still a bad option?

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Not-so-important background info
I'm thinking of getting a 200GB+ SSD to replace the mechanical drives in my main rig (will be keeping those for storage in an older rig or NAS, w/e), because tbh the noise annoys me. I've become slightly obsessed with silence, and getting quieter case is not an option.

By the way, other ideas on how to keep the noise down, like "Put that F3 in an external enclosure and run it through e-SATA", etc. are welcome.

The actual question
So, the cheapest SSD available to me is the OCZ Vertex 2 240GB, but wherever I look I see that it has quite the bad reputation.
This makes me wonder if this is due to flawed early firmware which has later been fixed, or is this drive still as unreliable as it was?
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I'd just go intel 510 for the more reliable option. For the desktop/gamer experience you wont feel the difference.

I'm not familiar with amd and your motherboard, but the best way to get rid of those spinning drives is to use the ssd-caching feature, which I think only z68 motherboards have. Your X-25 SSD is perfect for this. This way frequently accessed files are cached on the ssd so the hdd's don't spin up to retrieve the files.

save yourself the $ and go with a 120 GB 510 for OS and misc and set the x-25 as an ssd-cache.

just my 2c.
 

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Good thing about ssd-caching is that it gets rid of the system "freezes" when some App/process needs to check the existence of file, folder, whatnot on disk A-Z. Since disk A-Z has to spin up before said query is processed:

E.g. Opera, the browser, due to some MS player plugin problems back in opera 9, still searches for root\\PFiles\\plugins\\ on all drives... At seemingly random intervals. "hey guys I'll just google this quick" *waits for 8 disk raid5 array to sequentially spin up*, "yeah, this ssd thing is blazingly fast, really speeds up everything" *still waiting* ...
 
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