Memory: Crucial 4 GB (2 x 2 GB) DDR3-1333 (PC3 10600) Dual-Channel Kit
Crucial's dual-channel memory kit, which is the same RAM we used in our last $1000 SBM build, has dropped in price to $90. This is great news for folks looking for solid, overclockable budget RAM.
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 640 GB 32 MB Cache
Using a single graphics card provides us with room in our budget for better fundamentals, and we’re putting that room to good use with a decent hard drive.
In this case, we’ve chosen the Western Digital Black 640 GB drive, a model that provides excellent performance and plenty of space for the $75 price.
Optical Drive: OEM Lite-On iHAS124 CD/DVD Burner SATA
With 24x DVD+R write speeds and a 2 MB cache, the Lite-On iHAS124 is a great drive for the $20 purchase price. There’s not much more to say except that the drive has done a fine job when we’ve used it in the past.
- The Balanced System
- CPU, Motherboard, And Cooler
- Video Cards, Power Supply, And Case
- Memory, Hard Drive, And Optical Drive
- Assembly And Overclocking
- Test System And Benchmarks
- Benchmark Results: Synthetics
- Benchmark Results: Media Encoding
- Benchmark Results: 2D And 3D Graphics
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Benchmark Results: Crysis And Call Of Duty
- Benchmark Results: DiRT 2 And S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
- Power And Temperature Benchmarks