Memory, Graphics Card, And Hard Drive
Memory: G.SKILL Pi Black PC2-6400
For this system, we not only wanted 4 GB of PC2-6400, we also wanted a dual-channel kit capable of running 4-4-4-12 timings at 1.8V. At $50, the G.SILL Pi Black was just the memory we needed. Worth mentioning is the tall heatsinks would prevent use of 4 of these sticks unless we changed CPU coolers.
Graphics Card: Sapphire 100245L Radeon HD4850 512MB
We decided to use the same Sapphire HD 4850 used in the past two SBM $625 PC’s. Each has been able to OC beyond CatalystControlCenter’s maximum speeds, offering a nice bang for buck ratio and hopefully just the right blend of performance per watt also. A step up in performance to the HD 4870 or GTX 260 would increase consumption full time, while choosing the low power HD 4670 would fall short of the desired 3D performance.
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS 1TB
While it’s true there was no need for 1TB of storage space, we were still eager to get Western Digital’s WD10EADS second generation green drive into our system because of its impressive overall performance and consumption in last month's review . Using a 3-platter design with 32MB cache, it’s efficient, cool running and quiet, and can be purchased for $110 at Newegg. We want to give a special thanks to Western Digital for their willingness to supply us with this drive.