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SSD, Hard Drive, And Optical Drive

System Builder Marathon, August 2012: Alternative $2000 Gaming PC
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SSD: Mushkin Chronos Deluxe MKNSSDCR240GB-DX

We probably said enough about Mushkin’s 240 GB Chronos Deluxe drives in various high-end system builds and drive comparisons that further discussion is simply redundant.

Read Customer Reviews of Mushkin's Chronos Deluxe MKNSSDCR240GB-DX


The long and short of this description is that we get the high performance SandForce SF-2281 controller and 240 GB of premium synchronous NAND for an easy-to-justify price of $200.

Hard Drive: Seagate ST500DM005 500 GB

A 240 GB SSD might be large enough for some pure gaming machines, but our build is designed with a little more practicality in mind. Rapidly approaching our budget limit and still needing to add an optical drive, we picked our storage drive based on reputation and price.

Read Customer Reviews of Seagate's ST500DM005 500 GB Hard Drive


A top consumer pick at Newegg, the drive's main weakness is that it doesn’t offer the high capacity we really wanted. Then again, no terabyte-sized drives would fit into this system’s remaining budget.

Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124

My alternative $2000 build made several concessions to its new primary objective; high-resolution gaming performance. The amount of money devoted to procuring and support more graphics performance didn't leave enough money in our budget for a fancy Blu-ray drive, in spite of the joy it'd bring. We'd still need an optical drive, however.

Read Customer Reviews of Lite-On's iHAS124


An older model that we've used in several previous System Builder Marathons, Lite-On’s iHAS124 offers the performance, reputation for dependability, and low price needed to complete our machine. Write speeds up to 24x still give it utility as a backup device, though thumb drives have become the preferred medium for files within a DVD's capacity.

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