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Old January 17, 2013, 06:13 AM
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Intel 520 series
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Samsung 840 Pro.
I just happened to be checking this one out.

Intel 520 Series 240GB 2.5in SSD MLC 25nm SATA3 Solid State Disk Flash Drive OEM @ NCIX for $218.99
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Old January 17, 2013, 06:19 AM
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Intel 520 series is generally known to be one of the best SSD's money can buy. it's not necessarily the fastest (although it's not slow by any stretch of the imagination) but it's generally considered the most reliable, with the best firmware. If you can stretch your budget to get a 240GB 520 series, then do it. You won't be disappointed.

As far as the 2.5" adapter is concerned, I don't know if your case has a provision for mounting a 2.5" drive. Most modern cases do. If you find a good deal on a drive that doesn't come with an adapter, and your case needs one, you can just rest the SSD on the bottom of your case until you have a chance to pick up an adaptor.
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Old January 17, 2013, 09:10 AM
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He won't have sata3 anyway, so drive is going to be bottlenecked regardless.
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Old January 17, 2013, 06:50 PM
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He won't have sata3 anyway, so drive is going to be bottlenecked regardless.
Yep, that's my concern right now, is it worth sticking a SSD into a system with only a sata II mobo...
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Old January 17, 2013, 07:13 PM
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Yes, it is.
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Yup, certainly is. You'll get at least double on the sequential transfers and a whole lot more on non-sequential.

Then, when you do upgrade you'll get double the speed again.....
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Yes, it is.
I put an Crucial M4 SSD into a Dell Optilex GX520 SFF.. that thing is now lightning fast!
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It just happened to be checking this one out.

Intel 520 Series 240GB 2.5in SSD MLC 25nm SATA3 Solid State Disk Flash Drive OEM @ NCIX for $218.99
Oh well, bit the bullet and ordered it. Hopefully it ships from TO so I'll have it Thursday.
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Old January 22, 2013, 04:42 AM
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well since no one else did here is the minimum you would be looking @ in the AMd and Intel camps :)

Intel Build:
Intel Core i3 2120 Dual Core Hyperthreading Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge $119.99
ASRock B75M-GL mATX LGA1155 B75 DDR3 CrossFireX 2PCI-E16 2PCI SATA3 DVI D-Sub 4XUSB3.0 $68.98 - $10 mir
Kingston KHX1600C9D3B1K2/8GX 8GB Kit 2X4GB 1600MHz DDR3 240PIN DIMM Unbuff Hmp HyperX CL9 $42.99
Total: $232

AMD Build:
AMD Bulldozer FX-4100 Quad Core Processor 3.6GHZ Socket AM3+ $99.99 (can easily oveclock to approx 4.4 - 4.6Ghz)
MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ 970 DDR3 2PCI-E16 SLI CrossFire 2PCI-E1 2PCI SATA3 USB3.0 $89.99 - $10 mir
Kingston KHX1600C9D3B1K2/8GX 8GB Kit 2X4GB 1600MHz DDR3 240PIN DIMM Unbuff Hmp HyperX CL9 $42.99 (with $12 off code)
Total: $221

Both are slightly over yoru budget but worth the upgrade imho.
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