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    Default Questions about SSDs and suggestion required.

    I have a few questions about SSD and also need you peoples suggestion what will be the best option.
    First of all I want to get a limited budget gaming rig. Now, I usually don't get time to play. Max one hour maybe. I am not a movie or music addict either. So I don't really need immense amount of space, but I do need speed. Thats why going for SSD and want to buy a 120 GB SSD and use it as my main drive for windows and games. I just want 2 partitions. 30 GB for my Windows and the rest of it for for games and softwares.

    Now my first query is installing Windows on a SSD and partitioning it is just like regular way to do on HDDs right? And moreover, am I going to face any issue, not using a HDD at all?

    I also need user info about USB 3.0 external hard drive. I would be getting a 500GB External HDD later to keep my music, movies and game setup files in. How is the transfer speed? Like I mentioned, I will only use it as a backup, so how good are they against the USB 2.0 external drives?

    Finally, I need suggestion about which SSD to get. My budget is max $90. Currently I am looking at:
    1. OCZ Agility 3 120 GB SATA III
    2. Intel 330 Series Maple Crest 120 GB SATA III
    3. Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 120 GB SATA III

    All of them got SandForce drivers. The OCZ seems bang for the buck and the Mushkin got better specs than all of the three.

    So please let me know about USB 3.0 speed, issues regarding SSDs as the only drive in a system and which SSD is the best under $90.

    Thanks in advance.

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    first of all if u want to use windows 7 64, 30GB is really small, atleast 65GB would be nice. & as far as i know installing windows in an SSD & HDD is the same. all you have to do is to change the sata Mode to AHCI function or maybe raid function. i'm using AHCI btw. but my personal opinion is if u r going to play only 1 hour a day why dont u go for a SATA3 HDD? I think those are much better than SSD if u consider performance/price ratio.
    about USB 3.0 external HDD ,& ofcourse its faster but still face small problems sometimes... & if u want to frequently copy/paste large files, USB 3.0 will be best, but if u r working with large number of small files USB 3.0 wont help u that much.
    u can go for either mushkin or OCZ.

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    Actually HDD's are not capable to take the benefits of USB 3.0 bus. It is the limitation of mechanical drive. So, the data transfer rate of USB 2.0 & 3.0 external HDDs will not differ so much.

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    Forget the Agility 3, Intel and Mushkin are great choices though. Also take a look at Crucial, Kingston, Sandisk, Samsung and Plextor. Not sure if any of them will fit your budget though.

    Windows setup is going to be the same, just make sure you change your BIOS to AHCI first. You can change it after Windows installation as well but then you'd have to do some tweaks in Windows for maximum performance. Better to do it beforehand.

    I have a similar SSD setup to the one you are suggesting, my C drive is 50GB and I installed a lot of applications there, I suggest you keep 50GB at least as well.

    USB 3.0 HDDs will have significant speed improvements vs USB 2.0 HDDs. USB 2.0 is limited to 30MBps, and while no HDD can max out USB 3.0, you can be sure that the transfer speeds will be a lot higher than USB 2.0 HDDs.

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    Just get a m4 for $5 more and call it a day. Id recommend the SSD 830 over it but thats another $10 and the performance difference isnt noticeable. While Sandforce issues are very rare nowadays, its still safer to go Crucial/Samsung.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsshaun View Post
    Actually HDD's are not capable to take the benefits of USB 3.0 bus. It is the limitation of mechanical drive. So, the data transfer rate of USB 2.0 & 3.0 external HDDs will not differ so much.
    even a typical 7200 rpm desktop External hdd has a peak transfer rate up to 1030 Mbit/s(~128MB/s).SSD's have a lot higher(100~600 MB/s depending on disk location) where USB 2.0 has a maximum effective throughput upto 35MB/s. so obviously it will bottleneck...
    Last edited by @nonymous™; September 30th, 2012 at 03:30.

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