Power Supply And Storage
PSU: EVGA SuperNova 750 B2
I’m always looking for a good price on a high-quality power supply, and this time I found a deal on EVGA’s 750W SuperNova with an 80 PLUS Bronze rating.
For a mere $90, this SuperNova offers 67 A on the +12 V rail in a semi-modular design, where only the mandatory cables are soldered-on. It boasts up to 85% efficiency and a five-year warranty, too. Based on its connector package, the power supply also supports a second Radeon R9 290X graphics card, just in case our winner wants to upgrade.
SSD: Plextor M6S PX-256M6S
Working for a hardware site has some advantages when it comes time to shop. In this case, I was able to get an early look at our best SSD prices for September back in August. That data points to current pricing and the performance from our April review as reasons to purchase the 256 GB M6S.
Currently available for only $135, our storage editor though it was a good value even back at its earlier $170 price. “The M6S provides plenty of pep thanks to Marvell's 9188 controller. Even though the processor is limited to just four channels, it keeps pace with Plextor's well-regarded M5 Pro.”
Hard Drive: Western Digital Blue WD10EZEX
We don’t need more than the 256 GB of capacity to run the tests in our benchmark suite, yet the winner of today’s system will probably want a place to store photos and media. Western Digital’s 1 TB Blue drive provides that capacity without busting my budget.
The WD10EZEX has a 7200 RPM spindle to improve response time and a SATA 6Gb/s interface for speedy accesses to 64 MB of cache. But really, I only bought this disk to store information that doesn't need to live on the precious solid-state storage.
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0
Many readers claim that they no longer want or need an optical drive, but our operating system shipped to us on optical media. Besides, I'm willing to bet that you have something precious stashed away on a DVD or CD that you’d like to read someday.
The GH24NSB0 also burns DVD media at 24x, just in case you have a few blank discs laying around. Plus, it's great for loading an unrecognized GbE controller driver...since you can't exactly download that until the network connection is up and running. Better still, it's 10% cheaper than the Lite-On drive I used last time.