ModCrash SSD Buyers Guide

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How to pick the right one for you!

Choosing an SSD has gotten harder over the past year. When SSDs came out they were expensive and only a couple companies were able to make reliable ones. Now SSDs have expanded to everyone knows what they are and wants one.

First few things you need to look at is your needs, budget, and current setup. First of all to cover what your needs are you have to ask yourself what you want loaded on your SSD? Your operating system? games? programs? How many games and programs and how much space do they take up? After this you can decide how large you might need. Keep in mind that the average price per gigabyte in a HDD is about $0.05 while an SSD is about $0.60 per GB. That is a huge difference so unless your name is Bill Gates with a black AMEX card I don’t see you purchasing TBs of SSD space. So figure out about if a 64Gb, 128Gb, 512Gb or another size that manufacturers are making these days would fit your needs.

Next on the list is your budget. As I said before unless you got Bill Gates’ black AMEX card we typically only have a finite amount to spend on our toys. Different manufacturers have different models and product lines with different features. TigerDirect, Newegg, and Amazon all have deals weekly on different SSDs.

Lastly you need to look at your current setup. This step is mainly to make sure you can get the most out of your SSD(s). I bring this up because I would say about 99% of all SSD made today are SATA 3 but not all systems support this. While these SSDs are typically SATA backwards compatible (quick check of the box or website should tell you), it will affect how the SSD performs. An example is my first SSD were two Mushkin Cronos Deluxe 120GB SSDs. At the time I had an Intel i7-920 with an ASUS Sabertooth X58 motherboard that only supported SATA 2. I ended up buying two SSDs to put in raid to get the speed of SATA 3 and later when I upgraded I would get even faster speeds. This is not for everyone but it was my train of thought. On the flip side at the same time my buddy ordered the same brand SSD but a 240GB to put in his laptop that did support SATA 3 but only had the room for one storage device unless he took out his DVD-RW.

So to choose the best SSD for you is a matter of educating yourself about what the terms are and making sure you are picking the best storage size for you. On the next page ill add some of the top SSDs out today.


Pictures licensed and courtesy of Samsung.

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