Recommendations for adding an SSD cache drive,

I'm running on a system put together in 2012 and I'm planning on adding a SSD cache drive to speed up the hard drive performance. It has a 1TB drive with the OS and all programs installed on a single partition.

Specs:
Motherboard: GIGABTYE GA-990FXA-UD3
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium

Any recommendations for a reliable SSD cache drive I can plug in without needing to re-install the OS?
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Mark OlsenSr. DeveloperAsked:
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akbCommented:
I believe a better solution would be to clean up your system drive (C:) by moving all data to another partition or HDD. Remove all junk by emptying temp folders, browser caches, etc. Clear the System restore points and empty the Recycle Bin. Then purchase a SSD of the appropriate size - 250GB are quite reasonably priced now. Then use Easeus Todo (free for home use) to clone the C: drive to the SSD (tick the optimize for SDD box).
The SSD will then become the system drive and keep the HDD for your data. This will perform much better than using an SSD as a cache only.
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Mark OlsenSr. DeveloperAuthor Commented:
I'd rather not go that route. Most of my usage is gaming and 250GB is not enough space for OS, programs and game data. While a SSD cache is not perfect, it will give a performance boost over the standard HD I have now.
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nobusCommented:
just move your OS to the SSD by making an image of it
you can use the paragon's free software for it :  http://www.paragon-software.com/home/br-free/download.html

if you want to move the image professionally to the SSD, they have a tool  : https://www.paragon-software.com/technologies/components/migrate-OS-to-SSD/

this will give you far better speed than using it as a cache

you said "Most of my usage is gaming and 250GB is not enough space for OS, programs and game data."
move all your data to a 2nd drive then, or slim down your OS drive first, by uninstalling what's not needed
in general, by moving my documents to  the 2nd drive, you gain enough
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Mark OlsenSr. DeveloperAuthor Commented:
So far all the suggestions have been to use a smaller drive for OS/programs. This is what I'm trying to avoid as I've done this in the past (with partitions) and inevitable run out of space due to programs and other updates that insist on being installed on the C: drive.

Any have suggestions on my initial question?
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nobusCommented:
that would be the wrong solution to choose imo
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akbCommented:
How are you planning to implement the caching?
Have you considered using USB memory and ReadyBoost?
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pgm554Commented:
"Free" Easeus Todo is loaded with crapware (Opencandy),I strongly advise against installing it.

As for caching SSD, 32 gigs is plenty ,but a lot of the cache drives are going out of biz cause SSD is so cheap.

I've used Sandisk and it does speed up the system.
No Windows 8 support!

http://www.sandisk.com/products/ssd/sata/readycache/
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Mark OlsenSr. DeveloperAuthor Commented:
The SanDisk ReadyCache was my first choice. According to the web site:

"The SanDisk ReadyCache SSD has a SATA 6Gbit/s interface and works with desktop PCs running Windows® 7 or Windows 8."
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pgm554Commented:
Maybe the new software supports it,but the folks who originally wrote it were bought by Samsung(Dataplex) ,so maybe they fixed it,but never hurts to check.
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Mark OlsenSr. DeveloperAuthor Commented:
First off, I apologize for leaving this question open for so long.

I may end up going with the original suggestions of getting a 250gb drive to use as the boot/game dive that akb and nobus suggested.

With that in mind, anyone have any recommendations for brands of reliable SSD's? On Newegg it looks like Samsung is getting good ratings.
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pgm554Commented:
Most of them are decent,the biggest issue I've had are warranty returns.
Stay away from SanDisk.
It took 3 weeks to get an exchange.
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Mark OlsenSr. DeveloperAuthor Commented:
Thank you for the feedback, pgm554
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nobusCommented:
i have bought intel SSD -  it has a diagnostic toolbox, and works very good
also kingston SSD's (4 total) no problems
i hear godd comments about crucial also
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