Recommend 256 GB SSD that is cheap?

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  1. macbook pro i5 macrumors 65816

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    I have read that the ocz SSD's tend to work best in macs but would like other cheap options:)
     
  2. JamesGorman macrumors 65816

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    checkout www.newegg.com not sure if they ship to New Zealand though.
     
  3. macbook pro i5 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    No unfortunately they dont:(
     
  4. Ohrstrom macrumors 6502

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    The Crucial M4 seems like a reasonably cheap option where I am from anyhow and its fairly well spoken of.
     
  5. user418 macrumors 6502a

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    Prices on SSD's continue to fall with most vendors trying to remain in close proximity in regards to the competition. Check prices via Google frequently and you may find a deal. The Samsung 470 and 830 are very reliable and are good choices.
     
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    The Crucial M4's are always on sale and are highly regarded.

    Try to catch the Samsung 830's on sale...rare, but I got a 256 for $270 shipped the other day.
     
  7. macbook pro i5 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Hey thanks! thats the cheapest SSD in NZ that I have seen!!!
     
  8. Ohrstrom macrumors 6502

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    It hasnt got the best "stats" but if price is important and youre not the most hardcore user when it comes to situations where the drive has to work very hard I think its a nice enough option.
     
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    Yes that is understandable,you get what you pay for although it defiantly isn't bad especially for the price!
     
  10. Phildo, Apr 22, 2012
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    Corsair Force 3 240 GB SATA 3 - currently $US239.99:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0051A8TG6/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

    Get some 8Gb SODIMMs while you're at it:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006DI9PG8/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER
    These work in MacBook Pros and iMacs.

    And a 2.5" casing is always handy if it's got FireWire 400 and FireWire 800:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003VTZFNE/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER


    OWC SSD pricing has been dropping regularly lately, a 240Gb Mercury Electra 6G is now down to $US299.99:
    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/SSD/OWC/Mercury_6G/
     
  11. macbook pro i5 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I just upgraded the RAM to 8GB so that is fine but that SSD is pretty expensive compared to the crucial m4
     
  12. Phildo macrumors member

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    Where is the Crucial M4 cheaper from?
     
  13. Ohrstrom macrumors 6502

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    His new zealand options I guess?
     
  14. srxtr macrumors 6502a

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    For SSD I think it pays to get something of good quality
     
  15. macbook pro i5 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yes the m4 is the cheapest I have seen on trade me and price spy.co.nz

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    Oh **** nevermind the corsair is cheaper.
     
  16. Phildo macrumors member

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    Corsair Force 3 Review:
    http://www.storagereview.com/corsair_force_series_3_review

    Old, but read anyway:
    http://www.overclockers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=670592
    and:
    http://www.pcworld.com/businesscent...s_top_spots_in_ssd_storage_drive_ranking.html

    Worth a read, just for interest:
    http://www.pcworld.com/article/246617/evolution_of_the_solidstate_drive.html#tk.mod_stln

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    And, from Amazon, you can get a pair of 8Gb SODIMMs and an external FireWire casing to put your current drive into. You can also use the casing to clone the hard drive to the SSD with something like Carbon Copy Cloner.

    If you're nervous about SSD reliability then re-clone from the SSD to hard drive at whatever interval that you choose. If the SSD dies some day then it would only take a few minutes to put the hard drive back in and be fully functional again.

    Naturally, you wouldn't even consider running an SSD unless you've got an active backup running, such as a Time Capsule.
     
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    Oh I have 8 GB of RAM in there and I have a time machine back up as well and that fire wire casing,sure will get it to I was actually thinking of removing the superdrive and moving the HDD to the second bay...
     
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    Never look for cheap with SSD's. Look for reliable.
     
  19. macbook pro i5 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    If I dont look for cheap ones my dad will have a hissy fit lol he cant spend too much he already spends 15000 a year for my private college......
     
  20. Sgt93 macrumors 6502a

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    15K a year is cheap, he is getting off easy. I assume loans are out as well since my local CC costs more to attend.
     
  21. rikscha macrumors 6502a

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    There are universities that are practically for free. I would be careful in generalising that.

    I would recommend the M4, best value for money.
     
  22. Sgt93 macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the M4 recommendation. I think I am going to pick up the 512GB.

    For the majority, Universities are far from being free. Tuition increases are killing most as well as student debt etc.
     
  23. rikscha macrumors 6502a

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    That mainly applies to the English speaking world. In countries with more thought-through systems, tuition fees are going up but paying around perhaps 600-800 (€, £. $ ) compared to 10k-20k, makes a huge difference.

    Anyway, take the M4! It is well recommended and with the latest firmware updates a very good performer. There are probably 50 threads talking about its benefits.
     
  24. Sgt93 macrumors 6502a

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    I agree on all topics :) I ordered the Crucial M4 512GB. Can't wait to get her.
     
  25. ano0oj macrumors 6502

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    Crucial m4 are always on sale...waiting on a Samsung 830 to go on sale again.

    Intel just released their 330 lineup which is their first cheap lineup of ssd I believe
     

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