Crucial M500 or Samsung 840 evo or Intel 520 /120 GB

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Hi guys.

I currently have this pc:
CPU: Core I3 2100
RAM: 8 GB DDR3
GPU: 750TI Palit storm X
Mainboard: Intel DH61WW SATA-2
HDD: 1TB

I don't use the pc for any heavy workload, only browsing and some gaming.

Which one should I buy?
Crucial m500 - 70 $
840 Evo-80 $
Intel 520-77 $

Intel has the most warranty (5 years), crucial is cheapest, Evo is fastest but the most expensive.
Other advantages for me:
Shop that sells intel is really close to home and has great warranty service, the other two shop is very far from me and has so-so warranty service.
 

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Are these your only choices? the crucial MX100 is newer http://pcpartpicker.com/part/crucial-internal-hard-drive-ct128mx100ssd1 and is faster than the m500, not as fast as the 840 evo during heavy workloads otherwise pretty darn fast
 

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Too expensive in my country, it's more than the evo ffs.

I'm inclined to go for the intel, 5 year warranty really appeals to me, evo might be faster but i'm on sata 2, i doubt i'll see any speed difference, except for benchmarks.
 

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even if you're on Sata 2 that runs on 3GB/sec you will still see an advantage in terms of performance.
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/ssd-upgrade-sata-3gbps,review-32673-16.html
The thing is, SSDs are so reliable you dont really need a warranty any higher than above a year, if you need one at all that is. If your SSD is fine for a full year chances are you'll be fine for the next coming years as well.

So, if you can afford the premium, the 840 evo is an amazing choice, if you cant afford the 840 evo then the m500 is a good choice. The intel 520 is simply not geared enough for speed http://ssd.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Samsung-840-Evo-120GB-vs-Intel-520-Series-120GB/1886vs1935 so i would not recommend it.
 

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What?
Intel 520 is faster than crucial m500
http://ssd.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-520-Series-120GB-vs-Crucial-M500-120GB/1935vs1888

I found the evo for exactly the same price as the intel, but less warranty.
They aren't nearly as reliable as you say, I see lots of people complaining of bsod's.
I watch a lot of hd videos on youtube, i usually write 20-30 gb's on a day on my hdd just from that, i was shocked when i saw the stats on hdd sentinel, I need something reliable, something that'll last a few years (more than 3).
I also stream movies with firefox, so cache is also on the ssd, it might be even more than 30gb write a day, and samsung has TLC memory which really scares me.

So now, the real question is:
Will I feel the difference between evo and intel 520 in real world applications on a sata 2 port or not?
 

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Sata 2 is not your limitation unless you're pulling off server-based things activities like running multiple virtual machines and stopping and restarting them. If you write/ read upto 30GBs per day like you say then the Sata 2 might just max out on you. The read/ write speeds of these SSds go upto roughly 550mb/ sec, higher than the 3Gb/s Sata 2 can provide. And, if the 840 evo and intel 520 are for the same price, then no doubt go for the 840 evo.It is true that intel SSDs are the most reliable, however as long as your not reading/ writing inhumane amounts of data on your SSD 24/ 7 then you should be fine. See SSDs are not yet reliable enough for daily usage anyways, they're meant to be OS drives, or caching drives used in servers, NOT a replacement for your HDD. The technology isnt reliable enough. Reliability of SSDs are improving though and they're not like the older SSDs now.

The 840 evo is simply one of the best when it comes to speed.However, with that said if you feel comfort in buying the intel 520 because of its warranty then go for it. Sata 2 wont allow anything higher than 3GB/s anyways, so during intensive workloads, you probably wont feel much of a difference
 

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