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System, Storage, And Optical Drives

System Builder Marathon: TH's $2000 Hand-Picked Build
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Other parts retained from our original build include a pair of A-Data’s super-fast S599 64 GB SSDs, based on SandForce's SF-1200 controller, making up a striped 128 GB array.

As before, Samsung’s Spinpoint F3 1 TB drive adds room for home movies, photos, and projects.

Read Customer Reviews of A-Data's S599 64 GB SSD

Read Customer Reviews of Samsung's F3 1 TB


Optical Drive
: Lite-On iHBS212

This isn’t much of an upgrade from last time, but for the same price, we moved from Lite-On’s iHBS112 (OEM, plus software) to its retail iHBS212. Users still get the benefit of reading Blu-ray disks at low cost, and write performance remains the same at 12x BD-R, 2x BD-RE, and 16x DVD-R.

Read Customer Reviews of Lite-On's iHBS212


Improvements come in the form of LightScribe support and a nice-looking cardboard box. Few of our editors are willing to pay a premium for LightScribe-capable media, so we’ll leave it to you to decide which improvement is worth more.

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