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System Builder Marathon, December 2010: $1000 PC

Memory, Hard Drive, And Optical Drive

Memory: GeIL Black Dragon 4 GB (2 x 2 GB) DDR3-1333 Memory Kit 

We’re trying something new in the memory department, too. GeIL’s Black Dragon dual-channel 4 GB kit has a low $80 price tag combined with a low CAS latency of 7.  The tribal art treatment doesn’t look bad, either.

Read Customer Reviews of GeIL's Black Dragon 4 GB DDR3-1333 Kit

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 750 GB

Read Customer Reviews of Western Digital's Caviar Black 750 GB

A price tag of $70 isn’t going to buy you anything better than this when it comes to hard drives. Western Digital’s Black series has been a price/performance favorite, ever since we began the SBM series. And 750 GB of capacity is enough to get you started.

Optical Drive: OEM LG GH22LS50 22x DVD Burner

Read Customer Reviews of LG's GH22LS50 DVD Burner

LG’s OEM optical drive performs well, and for the low $18 price tag, it helps keep us under our $1000 budget limit.