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Memory, Hard Drive, And Optical Drive

System Builder Marathon, Sept. 2010: $1000 Enthusiast PC
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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.

Read Customer Reviews of Crucial's 4 GB DDR3-1333 Memory Kit


Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 640 GB 32 MB Cache

Read Customer Reviews of Western Digital's Caviar Black 640 GB


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

Read Customer Reviews of Lite-On's iHAS124


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.

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