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Purchasing a Solid State Drive - Suggestions?

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Hey guys I am going to be getting a cheap ssd (200 or so) and I wonder if the ocz vertex turbo is highly regarded?? I'm going to use it for win 7 installed and a few games. Let me know what you guys think.
 

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bump also had a question about whether there's any point in going to ahci mode for a single sold state disk? can i leave it in ide and not have any performance decrease?
 
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IDK about turbo but i know Vertex is a bad drive. I had the Vertex with the JMicron controller that caused stuttering.

just make sure there are no stuttering issues, and make sure it has TRIM if it's an OS drive - and TRIM is good to have even if it's not an OS drive...

it's not necessary but unless it will cause you problems just leave AHCI selected...
 
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Ok, so $200 will get you a top of the line 64GB SSD that will have very good read/write speeds. I'm gonna recommend the Corsair Nova 64GB drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233108

It's got amazing read/write speeds:
270 MB/s sequential read
130 MB/s sequential write
It's under $200, supports TRIP for Windows 7, and is an uber fast drive for OS+2-3 games.

As far as the mode, your BIOS will have IDE for single drive interface and RAID/AHCI for multiple drive interface. Leaving it set to IDE doesn't mean your reducing bandwidth or bottlenecking the drive, it's just not paired with a second drive and not in an array.

:)
 
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AHCI must be enabled for TRIM to work.

Personally, I'd get either Intel SSD (for the best quality) or Kingston SSDnow V series (The cheapest, but it has acceptable quality.)

Both support trim.

For me, I am using 3 64gb Kingston SSDnow V for different rigs as boot drives. I also have one Intel X25-M 80gb for boot drive. Personally, I can't tell much difference between the cheapo SSDnow and X25-M.
 
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IDK about turbo but i know Vertex is a bad drive. I had the Vertex with the JMicron controller that caused stuttering.

just make sure there are no stuttering issues, and make sure it has TRIM if it's an OS drive - and TRIM is good to have even if it's not an OS drive...

it's not necessary but unless it will cause you problems just leave AHCI selected...
Vertex drives do not have the stuttering problem since a long time... They are now in the very high end of SSDs, I have one, and it is AWESOME :D
 

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thanks guys. i purchased the vertex turbo so i'm going to install it tonight and see how it does! i had another question, since it seems as though i'll need ahci enabled. do i need to install the drivers for my motherboard once i load up windows 7? also, more important, i've got a 3 pin to molex connector powering one of my fans in my push pull for my h50, is it ok to to use a molex to sata power connector off of that? i figure it should be alright but i wanna be sure it's not going to make anything explode lol!
 
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