Memory, Hard Drives, And Optical Storage
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.
"Terrible" = same CPU, cooler, graphics card, and equal benchmark performance?
The case we chose really doesn't matter, as the first page of article points out. Case/optical drive is completely subjective. That's exactly why we've separated the performance parts price from case/optical/OS.
By the way, are you just assuming Apevia its bad because you prefer other well-known brands? It did a fantastic job for the purposes of this article, so other than brand, what's your issue with it? Is brand the same problem you have with the 290? Because it's cooler is quite good.
Speaking of coolers, the Hyper 212 EVO is virtually the 212 plus with a different fan. Is this really the huge difference you're implying it is?
You're also specing it out two months after we did, with lower prices. An SSD would have been great, but two months ago when we ordered there was no room in the budget, and we weren't willing to sacrifice the 290.
Bottom line, you're being a little sensationalist about picking nits.
The ssd gives you an easily felt sensation of speed every time you boot. Just got an ssd myself like 2 months ago. Any other go-fast parts come secondary. Ditch the Z97 and the ODD and you could squeeze in a SSD.
How is this the best suggested build for the money if you're only locking it to one retailer? That's...kinda silly
No one will ever question your parts selection ever again!! Maybe add a side note on price page that all parts are from/ must be bought on Newegg.
All newegg, still cheaper with better components:
What's the next rule, no rebates?
No mail-in rebates because they usually disappear before we can publish and, because when you have $100 you can't buy a $149 part that has a $50 MIR :)
Instant rebates and sales are fine because when the discount on one part disappears, the discount on another part appears.
BTW, I like the look of your case. I never understood what the deal was with don and ugly cases, but he's Canadian so I know better than to ask.
Even with that in mind, my second build without rebates totals 1178. Changing the motherboard to a z87 Extreme3 (because z97 isn't a benefit if you're not going for haswell refresh or an ssd) and it's 3 bucks more than the build listed.