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#1 sikhwarrior

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 21:59

Hi guys i want to invest in a ssd because my boot time is ridiculous taking a good 4 minutes before its useable so i was wondering if anyone has any suggestion on what ssd i should buy my budget is £100
http://www.amazon.co..._pr_product_top
http://www.amazon.co..._cp_computers_2

i found these two ssd's but not sure what is better and more reliable, so guys help me out please


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Posted 27 January 2013 - 22:02

I'd get the Samsung 830 128GB. The 840 series has worse controllers (or something, I can remember) and the 830 will give you a longer durability.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 23:25

Go for a Samsung 840 pro

#4 Fahim S.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 00:11

You don't need an SSD to fix a 4 minute boot time. You probably need to reinstall Windows.
Both SSDs you have linked to are very good - I can vouch for the Crucial and the Samsung 830 (not the 840 that you have linked to) as both very good drives.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 00:23

I'd get the Samsung 830 128GB. The 840 series has worse controllers (or something, I can remember) and the 830 will give you a longer durability.

If anything's wrong then feel free to correct me!


The 830 has faster write speeds than the 840 standard series, worse controllers? No, in fact Samsung's in house SSD controllers are notably the most reliable in the industry.

@OP go for either of those 2, the Crucial has slightly faster writes but the Samsungs are known for their reliability.

#6 Ace

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 00:47

If anything's wrong then feel free to correct me!

Corrected. :)

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#7 OP sikhwarrior

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 17:18

ok cheers guys thanks for the response, now iv got a decision of either installing windows 7 or windows 8. what would be the better os to install on a ssd? or should i start a new thread for that?

#8 Astra.Xtreme

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 17:30

Get the Crucial M4. It's a very very good SSD. Don't get the regular Samsung 840, as it's not great quality. The 830 or 840 Pro are good though.

And install Windows 7 unless you feel like learning a foreign Windows UI.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 17:36

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And install Windows 7 unless you feel like learning a foreign Windows UI.


Interesting take on Windows 8. :laugh:

#10 OP sikhwarrior

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 17:54

Im running windows 8 on a laptop so its not alien to me at all, just wanted to know which os makes better use of the SSD and doesn't thrash the hard drive with loads of writes and reads

#11 Astra.Xtreme

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 18:10

Im running windows 8 on a laptop so its not alien to me at all, just wanted to know which os makes better use of the SSD and doesn't thrash the hard drive with loads of writes and reads


I believe Vista, 7, and 8 are all optimized to handle SSDs properly, and I don't believe any 1 does it better than the others. A few services are turned off, and that's about it. You can also turn off the paging file to save some space if you want, since it's useless on a SSD.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 18:25

I believe Vista, 7, and 8 are all optimized to handle SSDs properly, and I don't believe any 1 does it better than the others. A few services are turned off, and that's about it. You can also turn off the paging file to save some space if you want, since it's useless on a SSD.


Actually, I think 7 and 8 are. I don't think Vista is.

#13 Astra.Xtreme

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 18:40

Actually, I think 7 and 8 are. I don't think Vista is.


Ah, I think you're right. I always thought that SP2 brought TRIM support to Vista, but I guess that isn't true.

Good call. (Y) :)

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 19:11

If you are going to spend that much, I would go with one of these:

http://eshop.macsale...ing/SSDEX6G120/

I have purchased two of them, one for a Macbook Pro and the other for a new desktop PC. They are lightning fast in both machines, and MacSales.com customer service is some of the best I have ever dealt with. I would not hesitate to purchase from them again. These drives are also rated faster than the ones you linked, and at about the same price. My opinion is that the build quality and component quality is much better than the drives you linked also.

About the OS to install, I would definitely go with Windows 8. It is faster than Windows 7, and all the "under-the-hood" improvements are worth the learning curve. I am not a huge fan of the "Metro" interface, but I am playing with it here and there, and it isn't so bad once you get used to it. That being said, when I installed Windows 8 I immediately purchased Start8 for $5, and it immediately gave me back the interface I am used to working with. All said and done, Windows 8 is a definite improvement over Windows 7, as long as you get Start8 or one of the free alternatives (Start8 is far better than any of the free ones IMO), and it lets you "future-proof" yourself by being able to play with and get used to the "Metro" interface on your own free time.

I hope this info helps!

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#15 OP sikhwarrior

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 19:20

bought the crucial m4 one after all now to wait for it to come and install windows 8