Anywho, so I'm currently in the very late planning stages of a new mini itx computer i want to build. Up until a couple months ago, i was pretty much only looking at intel stuff. But around the start of december, i decided to see what AMD had been up to in the CPU market, and within a day, i was set on one of their new Trinity CPU's. the high end chips only cost ~130$, and the integrated GPU can actually run modern games at a playable framerate. Well color me impressed.
So now that my entire world has been turned upside down, I start looking at motherboards. There are basically 2 ITX motherboards on the market for the FM2 cpu's. One by ASRock, which boasts the ability to set itself ablaze, and one by MSI, which has been scarce at best. I'm waiting to purchase anything until I see the ITX boards that have been promised by Gigabyte at the end of January. I think there is one other brand that is supposed to drop something as well, but i forget. I know i'll want the A75 (or A85 if it happens to be reasonable) chipset because of its better support for SATA 3.
Speaking of SATA 3, this is where my current stopgap has appeared. I would really like to get a solid state drive for this machine, but I dont know a ton about them. I would like to get one that is at least 160Gb's, preferably i would want one in the 250gb range. This would ensure enough space for me to install the games I'll be wanting to play on it. Another thing that pretty much has me sold on a SSD is seeing just how fast one can boot. At work we got some Lenovo ultrabooks with Windows 8 and some SSD's, and they boot up in about 5 seconds.
So far the only thing i can really go on w/ SSD's are reviews. From what i've been reading, Kingston HyperX 3k's are pretty good, Crucial M4's have gotten some praise, and the Samsung line is highly rated as well. I've heard its best to go for the Pro line if you go with Samsung though. One thing i've been told is that SSD's come down a lot to the controller used for the drives. I sadly cannot find what i previously read about certain drives and their controllers, so this is partly why im posting.
So all in all, my main question is, what should i look for in a SSD past my storage requirements? Also, has anyone used windows 7 on a SSD? How fast does it boot?
If anyone is curious about my current planned build:
CPU: AMD A10-5700
RAM: also TBA, but most likely will be 16 gigs, because ram is so cheap right now. Apparently ram speed here really effects the CPU's performance, so ill be getting the best the motherboard can support.
PSU: PicoPSU, probably in the 150watt range
Case: Currently looking at the Travla C292. It seems tall enough to support a good heat sink (for more awesome silence), and has a PCI expansion slot, which I might use for a capture card of some sort.
OS: I'd really like to use Windows 8. since getting to play with it and figuring it out, it seems like it'll be a nice experience on a TV screen. not sure yet though. I'm thinking ill be using Steam Big Picture a fair bit though.
As always, information is greatly appreciated. I need to try and hang around more.