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    I want to buy an SSD to increase my loading speed in games and windows in general but i do not want to spend a lot of money on something that I don't really NEED. My question is do I need to buy one with 100GB+ of storage space? or can I get a 60GB one and be just fine?

    Note i will only be using it for windows and 2 or 3 games. Everything else will go on my internal/external HD's.

    Cheap examples/links would be helpful.

    thanks in advance!

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    I have a 120gb ocz vertex 3. I currently have windows and 4 games installed and I'm at about 70% capacity. You could get away with a 80gb version.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/ol/B004GBK2WU?qid=1326698528&c=n&sr=1-91
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    • #3
      Re: SSD's

      I have a 60 GB SSD, it takes a little over 30 GB with the OS and needed apps. You shouldn't use more than 80% of the usable storage on an SSD for wear leveling to work properly so that does not leave much. I play Arma with all the addons is 21 GB so that would be close so I have another 60 GB SSD for that, everything else goes on my regular hard drive. I watched for sales on my SSD's and waited for good deals before buying them. Yes I could have got a 120 GB SSD but at the time it was much cheaper to get the two 64's on sale.(64 is actually 59. something usable GB)

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      • #4
        Re: SSD's

        Thank you for the answers. What brands are good for SSD's?
        Would one of these be good? http://www.mycom.nl/Product/Opslag-S...25inch/1179657
        http://www.mycom.nl/Product/Opslag-S...25inch/1161905
        http://www.mycom.nl/Product/Opslag-S...25inch/1234075

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        • #5
          Re: SSD's

          Buyer's Guide

          List of suggested drives:

          Crucial M4/C300
          Samsung 830/470
          Corsair Performance Pro/Corsair Performance 3
          Plextor PX-M3S
          Intel 510/320


          ~64GB
          Crucial M4
          Samsung 830
          Corsair Force GT

          ~128GB
          Crucial M4
          Samsung 830
          Corsair Performance Pro
          Kingston Hyper X
          Corsair Force GT

          ~256GB
          Samsung 830
          Crucial M4
          Corsair Performance Pro
          Kingston Hyper X
          Corsair Force GT
          OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPs

          ~512GB
          Crucial M4
          Samsung 830
          Corsair Force GT

          ~1TB
          OCZ Octane
          Windows 7 Installation & Optimization SSD Guide

          I was able to pick up my Crucial M4 128GB for $150 Shipped and you often see the 64GB versions under $100. If you end up with the M4 flash it to the new 0309 firmware just released a couple days ago.
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          • #6
            Re: SSD's

            You shouldn't go cheap on SSD drives, otherwise you're in for some headaches later on when you get the BSOD's or you find the drive completely dead at a random start-up. Go with a drive that's known for reliability, the Crucial M4 for example. I have one and it's been good so far, and it's reported by others to be reliable (as opposed to the OCZ drives).

            Btw I highly suggest that you just get a 60gb drive just for Windows and a regular hard drive for apps and games. With a 128gb drive, you'll be lucky to install about 5 games on it before space becomes a concern (remember... Windows and other apps updates will gradually suck up space). In my opinion, it's just not worth it especially with SSD's price per gb is still very high.

            Personally, I can tolerate a few additional seconds waiting a bit for a game to load (how often does a typical game load anyway?) but I'd never go back to looking at the Windows loading screen for 2+ minutes again!!
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            • #7
              Re: SSD's

              I have an M4 128gb. Windows, a couple games (BF3, Batman Arkham City, Elder Scrolls - skyrim), and chrome are the only programs on it. All the other stuff is put on a large samsung drive, including windows' documents, downloads, pictures, etc. So I'm only using about 50% of the M4 right now.



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              • #8
                Re: SSD's

                I have an Intel x25-M SSD 160 GB that has about 19 GB left on it. I have Windows 7, ArmA II, BF3, MW3, L4D, L4D2 and it runs tip top. I use a 1TB seagate for photos, movies, music, iTunes, documents, etc.. (basically anything not related to gaming). I recommend what I have, but intel is expensive. Here are some links ont he 510 (newer intel ssd). I'd like to hear what others have to say about this. Some links below that I am reading:

                http://www.anandtech.com/show/4202/t...ssd-510-review

                http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...gbps,2881.html

                http://www.techspot.com/review/387-intel-510-ssd/

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                • #9
                  Re: SSD's

                  I've a Crucial M4 64GB. It fits Win7, BF3, and Witcher2 with 15 GB to spare, with 20% of the drive allocated to good luck. The performance is nice, with the Win7 boot taking no longer than the bios. Reliability has been spotless for me. If I could do it again, I'd get a larger drive. I bought the 3 year extended warranty for the drive (extra $10) because SSDs are still sketchy. The M4 was supposed to be reliable, but some users have BSOD issues (recent patch fixes them). Intel is supposedly the most reliable. Anything with the Sandforce chipset is supposedly risky.

                  SSD prices are lower than ever now, at about 1$/1GB (related to Thailand floods and HD prices being super high?). Watch this page for a while to get a good deal on an SSD: http://www.techbargains.com/catsearch.cfm/0_11_0

                  If you're into tweaking, check out one of the SSD guides such as this one: http://thessdreview.com/ssd-guides/o...ation-guide-2/. If you do get one, make sure to backup your SSD drive!!! Dig out some old drive and clone your new SSD to it with XXClone on a daily (or at least weekly) basis.

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                  • #10
                    Re: SSD's

                    Whatever you buy, update the firmware ASAP. I had nothing but blue screens and random reboots with my adata s511. Then I noticed the firmware was a few months out of date. I updated the firmware and it has been rock solid ever since.
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                    • #11
                      Re: SSD's

                      i have a 128gb ssd for windows 7, PR, battlefield 3 and Arma 2 + mods. I have about 18gb's of free space but its soooooooooo worth it. The loading speeds for everything are phenomenal and everything runs so smoothly.

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                      • #12
                        Re: SSD's

                        Hey Kwalc. I'd recommend the 128gb Kingston hyper x. Kingston has put these drives through solid testing to put them above any other sand force drive as far as reliability goes. They are also one of the faster ssd drives around. I would recommend them. I heard all about the sand force bsod and the Kingston hyper x does not suffer from this. The drive can be found for 200$ shipped. It's worth it to avoid the headaches.

                        The hyper x are one of the newest sand force drives and have excellent reviews.

                        The crucials are also good. But there is a current bug that affects them at 5200 hours of operation that has not been fixed yet. So they're a good bet provided a fix goes out for that

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                        • #13
                          Re: SSD's

                          Originally posted by majorissuez99 View Post
                          The crucials are also good. But there is a current bug that affects them at 5200 hours of operation that has not been fixed yet. So they're a good bet provided a fix goes out for that
                          Bug is fixed. I upgraded the firmware in my drive (it did not destroy the data).
                          http://www.storagereview.com/crucial...r_bug_released

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                          • #14
                            Re: SSD's

                            Can someone post a link where the 20% spare space recommendation is made as I always thought it was 10% plus the automatically segregated space?


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                            • #15
                              Re: SSD's

                              I already bought this: http://www.mycom.nl/Product/Opslag-S...25inch/1196539

                              I have windows, PR on it and installing ARMA now. I love :D

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