Memory, Hard Drive, And Optical Drive
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws series 4 GB (2 x 2 GB) 240-Pin DDR-1333 Kit
At $55, this dual-channel kit offers solid value with attractive 7-7-7-21 latencies and a 1333 MT/s data rate. Unfortunately, the set we received this time around is specified to run this low latency at the slower 2T command rate. This memory is only qualified 9-9-9-22 timings at the 1T command rate.
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 750 GB
While we toyed with Samsung’s Spinpoint last time around for a higher capacity, $70 can’t buy much more hard drive performance than Western Digital’s Caviar Black 750 GB model offers.
This series has been a price/performance favorite since we began the System Builder Marathon series, and three-quarters of a terabyte is ample to get us started.
Optical Drive: LG GH22NS70 SATA 22x DVD Burner
We simply chose the lowest-priced OEM drive available at the time of writing, which happened to be LG’s GH22NS70 22x DVD burner. At $20, it serves our purposes.