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SSD Hunting: Suggestions?

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5 years 5 months ago #16939 by S.A.F Klawful
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Since I got myself a job, im looking at getting a 60gb Sata 3 SSD.

I have been suggested to get the OCZ Agility 3 Series one, as the most stable, reliable, and best performer for it's price.

Any comments or suggestions otherwise?

It'll be running on my Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3 (Ultra Durable 3) mainboard.

Also plan on getting a 2nd Evga nVidia GTX550ti SC to run SLI. This is pretty definite, as it will run close to a GTX570 performance wise. Which is all I want/need considering the games coming out for the next 8 months.

After these two, my system is complete for quite some time.

PS: Also getting myself a decent second-hand 50cc Scooter, till I can afford a decent car or motorbike.

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5 years 5 months ago #16940 by S.A.F Dman
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5 years 5 months ago #16941 by S.A.F Klawful
S.A.F Klawful replied the topic: Re: SSD Hunting: Suggestions?
lol Dman. Classic

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5 years 5 months ago #16942 by S.A.F Masterpetey
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aye, also forget the GTX stuff, get one of these too


www.myrnham.co.uk/en/products/8/graphics_cards

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5 years 5 months ago - 5 years 5 months ago #16943 by S.A.F M3RRiK
S.A.F M3RRiK replied the topic: Re: SSD Hunting: Suggestions?
Firstly I'd suggest you save a little more and get an SSD larger than 60GB. If you can get 120GB or more then it will save you a lot of worries later when your SSD is full and you have no idea what to remove. Windows tends to fill them up even with everything turned off like prefetch, super prefetch, system restore points and regular cleaning of hot fixes and patches from MS update.

Remember too that 60GB isn't really that large once it's formatted (60GB will be about 56GB).

I have both OCZ Agility 3 (240GB) and Vertex 3 (120GB) SSDs in different PCs. If you can stretch to the Vertex it'll give you another 10% read/write speed. But if you are going from HDD to SSD the slowest SSD on the market will seem like light speed!

Whatever you buy be prepared to do a firmware update BEFORE you use the drive. The firmware update will require you to install the drive without partitions or formatting as an non-boot drive and then run the firmware utility from Windows (OCZ's toolbox if you go that way). It'll ID the drive and get the correct files online and flash it for you. You cannot do this if the drive it booted/mounted and there is also a potential risk of the drive being wiped so do this as soon as you open the box!

If you are doing a fresh Windows 7 install onto your SSD then the install process will automatically setup Windows for SSD and turn off a bunch of things that are used to speed up HDDs. If you are imaging then there's a few things you need to set manually so let me know if you need some help. Let Windows repair the MBR after you image as it will not be restored as expected but it's automatically fixed.

You are going to love having an SSD. :)
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5 years 5 months ago #16946 by S.A.F I-Robot
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Agreed, anything less than 128GB for Vista or Win7 is just pointless, 60Gb is no good, by the time youve installed OS and software there will be no space left.

SATA 3 with a sandforce controller works good, or if youve got the budget see about one of the PCIe types, something like and OCZ RevoDrive.

You could run an SSD for OS and some software and use a conventional SATA for storage, move your windows user data folders to it etc.

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5 years 5 months ago #16947 by S.A.F M3RRiK
S.A.F M3RRiK replied the topic: Re: SSD Hunting: Suggestions?
OCZ RevoDrive will be way out of the budget I suspect which I why I didn't mention it. Spend a little more on a larger SSD and you'll be set.

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5 years 5 months ago #16948 by S.A.F M3RRiK
S.A.F M3RRiK replied the topic: Re: SSD Hunting: Suggestions?
Oh forgot... grab that video card before they are hard to find, $220 according to PriceSpy .

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5 years 5 months ago #16949 by S.A.F majorpous
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OCZ's offerings have come in for flack regarding reliability on several forums, some of the more modern Intel drives appear to be the most reliable and also some of the fastest. Pity about the price.

Revo's are awesome fast. They make a standard SSD feel like a HDD in comparison, however starting at around $700 for a decent sized one is kind of pushing the limits of the average gamer when a 120GB SSD can be had for about 30% of that. Maybe only stoop id people have Revo drives. Some of those stoop id people have funny accents and some have not got a usefully working gaming computer to use them in at the moment. That being said, when its working, my computer is exceptionally fast at doing just about anything, including Photoshop work, which works drives and computers in general far harder than gaming.

But I do agree, dont get a 60. My 240 is kind of full to the point I have to manage things a bit more carefully, and the 110 in my htpc is always causing me grief as it gets cluttered too easily.

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5 years 5 months ago #16950 by S.A.F M3RRiK
S.A.F M3RRiK replied the topic: Re: SSD Hunting: Suggestions?
For an SSD to manage itself efficiently it needs some room to shuffle files around and do garbage collection. I've read 10-15% is optimum.

OCZ did have issues with their SSDs suddenly dying a couple of years ago under certain hardware configurations. That has been well documented and a firmware updates fixed everything so it's recommended that the latest be installed out of the box and if there's no other problems leave it at that.

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5 years 5 months ago #16951 by S.A.F M3RRiK
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S.A.F majorpous wrote: OCZ's offerings have come in for flack regarding reliability on several forums, some of the more modern Intel drives appear to be the most reliable and also some of the fastest. Pity about the price.

Got a source for the current OCZ flack? When I did my research I found lots of problems dating back a couple of years but nothing with the latest releases.

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5 years 5 months ago #16954 by S.A.F ploppy_slow
S.A.F ploppy_slow replied the topic: Re: SSD Hunting: Suggestions?
I has the vertex 3 120g.
I,m loving it, very fast.
I haven't done what M3rrik said and flashed the firmware EEEKKKKK.
I need to have a chat.
Yeah 60 wont be big enough I have Win7, steam and bf3 on mine and thats taken about 80gig. Not all my steam games either.
Do it youll love it :)

Dame you Merrik thats another windows in stall :P

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5 years 5 months ago #16957 by S.A.F M3RRiK
S.A.F M3RRiK replied the topic: Re: SSD Hunting: Suggestions?
There shouldn't be any need to reinstall Windows as long as the firmware update is good. If you bring it into Rocket I will flash it using my the latop top if you like. If you have a few minutes I can also do a quick image of it so you have a backup.

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5 years 5 months ago #16959 by S.A.F TeMorituri
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like Plopster I now have the Vertx 3 ..just need the time to install it..but 550 Read and 500 Write just cant be wrong :-)

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5 years 5 months ago #16961 by S.A.F Klawful
S.A.F Klawful replied the topic: Re: SSD Hunting: Suggestions?
Te, you have 666 posts ya evil bugger :p

Thanks for the advice guys, will probably stretch my budget once again and get the 120gb Vertex 3.

Do it once, do it right :)

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