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SSD drive for my new build

Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by Raw, May 19, 2012.

  1. Raw

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    Ok, I'm almost done buying parts now for the system listed below, except for 1 last item.
    I think I may need a SSD drive?

    I want to be sure I am the quickest I can be when playing BF3 and other games.
    Problem is...I am not familiar at all with SSD drives.
    All I have used are WD Blacks and WD VelociRaptors to date.

    SYSTEM:

    (2 pc.= SLI) EVGA 012-P3-1578-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) Classified 1280MB 320-bit

    CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B

    ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000

    Noctua NH-C14 140mm x 2 SSO CPU Cooler

    CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850 (CMPSU-850AX) 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply

    COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    SSD?
    Possible 128GB (not sure what to buy yet-TPU advise?)
    :pimp::confused:
     
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    Probably 2 of the top series of drives out now are the Corsair Force GT and Sandisk Extreme. I just grabbed a 120GB Corsair, loving it.
     
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    Any of the latest drives will be a good choice. IMO OCZ VERTEX drives are great. I use a Vertex 4 128gb and love it..Faster then Corsair drives, but really you cant go wrong with the purchase of a ssd
     
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    I have two Force GT 120Gbs and they're great. I highly recommend.
     
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    I recommend a Samsung 830.
     
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    Intel 330 drives?
     
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    They're relatively slow and I've heard people having stability issues with these.
     
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    I have my Corsair Force GT and I also love it as well. Very fast and stable with the firmware it came with. I've also heard that Intel's 520 series aka "Cherryville" is also fast, but the stability/reliability is it's selling point. But with the way things are constantly improving on SSD tech, your just better off getting the fastest drive there is. And if there are problems, well...that's what a warranty is for ;)
     
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    "Cherryville" 520

    It's funny, I am on the egg right now looking at the "Cherryville" 520. I just hot keyed over here for a moment to see if I got any more input and I saw yours.

    Intel 520 Series Cherryville SSDSC2CW180A3K5 2.5" ...

    I'm going to trigger a drive this morning just need to do a little more reading, but your input has a influence on my purchase.

    ***15 minutes later:
    Ok, just pulled the trigger on the Intel "Cherryville" 180GB.
    I like what you said..."it's also fast - and I like the stability/reliability is it's selling point factor.

    Now I'm hoping to hell I have enough system to play Battlefield 3 with all the eye candy cranked max, along with newer games coming out.
    Total cost planned initially $1500.00
    Total spent actually $2057.76
    Total cost of my funeral when the old girl finds out $Ouch*^&$





    Thanks.
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    You do know that the price of one Force GT 120Gbs is only 140 USD each where the 520 is 280 USD. It costs the same to get two Force GTs which in raid 0 which would be faster and give you more storage. I'm not seeing the benefit to getting the Intel SSD.
     
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    I've heard nothing but good things with the OCZ Vertex, Corsair ForceGT, and Patriot Pyro series. Main thing is to be cautionary with heavy writes, I recommend using a seperate drive for your users/prog files dirs & pagefile in win7 to overcome those writes. Oh also, if the drive supports TRIM, Windows 7 should just detect it straight out of the box. ;)

    Here's a thread I opened up not too long ago about it.
    http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/showthread.php?t=163756

    Enjoy! :toast:

    @Aquinus

    PM incoming. Got something to ask you.
     
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  12. Raw

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    But it's only money

    You know, your right about the cost and the raid factor.
    I did consider that.
    But it's only money and I can't take it with me when I croak.

    Not only that, I read the user reviews on the egg. NO THANKS! Only 74% of the users gave it a 5 star. That's out of 303 users.
    Way too many negatives. I don't want the hassles.


    The Intel name grabbed me, I know first hand the extremely high quality of their product.
    I used to work in the manufacturing industry as a mechanical engineer and I have spent much time at Intel facilities working on new machinery and equipment they purchased from us.
    I know the standards they hold.
    I know I won't regret this addition to the system at all.
    I may even buy another one in a few minutes.
    I also like the built-in data protection features including Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 256-bit Encryption, End-to-End Data Protection, and Data Compression this drive has.

    PLUS: It comes with the game MASS EFFECT 3 (which I have no clue about...lol) that's worth $49.00
    :toast:
     
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  13. Raw

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    Thanks for the link and info JR.
    I did buy a seperate 2TB drive for most stuff.
    I am only going to load Win 7 x64 Op system and Steam/Origin on the SSD.
    :toast:
     
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