SSD, Hard Drive, And Optical Drive
SSD: Mushkin 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.
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.
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.