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Memory, Hard Drives, And Optical Storage

System Builder Marathon, Q2 2014: Our Enthusiast PC

Memory: Team Group Vulcan DDR3-1600 8 GB Memory Kit

With a lower budget breathing down my neck, I stepped down to 800 MHz system RAM. Team Group's dual-channel 8 GB kit is fairly affordable at $66, and its CAS 9 rating isn't bad. Based on Paul's story yesterday, it looks like I'm not the only one giving Team Group's memory products an opportunity to shine this quarter.

Read Customer Reviews of Team Group's Vulcan 8 GB Memory Kit

Hard Drive: Western Digital Blue 1 TB Hard Drive

Unwilling to sacrifice processing or graphics performance, I had to make a more significant sacrifice in the storage department. Instead of a mixed SSD/mechanical disk subsystem, this quarter's machine is limited to a 1 TB hard drive. 

The full terabyte of capacity is certainly appreciated, as is the low $60 price tag. But you really feel the difference while the PC boots or fires up a benchmark application.

Read Customer Reviews of Western Digital's Blue 1 TB Hard Drive

Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 Super Multi DVD-Burner

A premium Blu-ray drive seems out of place in this budget-conscious build, so I went with a low-cost OEM DVD burner. LG's GH24NSB0 only set me back $20, and it performs a valuable role.

Read Customer Reviews of LG's GH24NSB0 DVD-Burner

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