Memory, Hard Drives, And Optical Drive
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 DDR3-1866 Memory Kit 8 GB (2 x 4 GB)
Patriot's Viper 3 kit features agressive 9-10-9-27 timings at 1866 MT/s using its XMP memory profile, which is enabled through a simple switch in the Asus board's firmware. It's priced well at the $95 we spent when we placed our order. Although the kit is up about $8, it's still a nice high-performance kit for the money.
System Drive: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128 GB SATA 6Gb/s SSD
I went with Samsung's 840 120 GB SSD in my last build. This time, I wanted to see if I could extract any additional performance from our storage benchmark using the company's more potent 840 Pro. To that end, I snagged a 128 GB model, which is currently on sale for $140 on Newegg.
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 2 TB 7200 RPM Hard Drive
Modern games take up a significant amount of storage space, so I thought it would be a good idea to double the hard drive capacity of my latest configuration to 2 TB, even though that wouldn't help me in the benchmarks. Seagate's Barracuda goes for $100, and facilitates a lot of forward-looking room to expand.
Optical Drive: Lite-on iHAS124-04 DVD Burner
Once again, Lite-on's iHAS124 is the lowest-priced DVD burner I could find. Despite its value orientation, this has also proven to be one of the most reliable choices. I'll gladly save some money by grabbing this OEM model at $17.