You know it's time to upgrade when the average prebuilt comes equipped with one. Yes, an SSD is now the bare minimum storage device for any budget. What used to be a luxury is now available in many capacities and prices to meet the demands of even the most budget conscious consumer. No one likes to spend more money than they have to. That's where we come in.
When they first appeared on the PC scene the solid state drive was very much a luxury item, and even then capacities of 250GB seemed like extreme extravagance. Now the SSD is almost an expected component of a proper gaming PC.
And gone are the lowly 30-60GB capacity SSDs too, with even a 120GB drive looking like a miserly amount of space for your Steam library. For just £45 you can now pick up a 240GB SSD which will outperform even the most expensive drives of just a few years back.
If you’ve already checked out our guide to the best SSD then you’ll already have an idea what you’re after, but if you want them for the absolute best price then allow us to help.
Some highlights this week: There's a healthy discount on the 240GB version of the excellent SanDisk SSD PLUS at the moment, making it even more of a tempting purchase.
- It doesn't offer the best performance but it's also priced accordingly. The Kingston A400 is the perfect budget drive, especially when on sale.
- SanDisk's Ultra series drives offer great performance and is always worth choosing over the budget oriented SSD Plus series drives. Right now it's on sale over at Ebuyer.
- The new MX500 series drives have been available in the US for a while but now they have reached UK shelves. With improved performance and an extended warranty, they are set to give other SSDs a run for their money.
- Samsung's 850 Evo series strikes the perfect balance between performance and reliability while offering all the features we've come to expect with their drives, including their excellent Magician software.
- While the price of SSDs has certainly come down over the years, great deals on high capacity drives are still hard to come by. The 1TB MX300 from was the value leader but with the release of the new MX500 series drives, Crucial has outdone themselves. It offers stronger performance, an extended warranty and manages to do it for less money.
We've picked out our current favourite solid state drives and have put together our best SSD guide which details both the overall best SSD around as well as the best budget SSD as well as the best high-end SSD.
And here are the best prices we've found for them around the web today:
“The ideal SSD for a gaming PC strikes that perfect price/performance/reliability balance, and Samsung’s 850 EVO SSD manages this, and then some.”
“With an affordable SSD, like the BX100, larger capacities are a more realistic prospect.“
“If you’re building the ultimate rig, and want the very best possible performance in any situation, without worrying about the cost, then it’s the 850 Pro you should choose.“
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