So it's my brother birthday and his HDD is an old 160Gb relic that is dying, along with my old 80Gb unit Needless to say, as a gamer with 75Gb Steam library (not huge but still) and a crap tonne of other games, he's filled that 230~Gb with games, the OS and his stuff and would like to install another few games. My original plan was a TB HDD with SSD cache, however, after having another think, a 512Gb SSD would seem to suffice. I don't think he'll ever get close to filling it, and if he does he can just get another/a HDD. So the cheapest 512Gb SSD's seem to be the Crucial M4 (£300) and the Vertex 4 (£312), unfort Samsung 830's seem quite expensive at this capacity. So which to go for? I don't really see much between them, and ofc in real life my brother won't... The M4 is "apparently" very reliable, or so I gather, but by now OCZ drives are presumably as safe as Crucial's. So speed is the decider? In which case the Vertex 4 wins? Also, I presume that drives come with the latest firmware installed?