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System Builder Marathon, June 2011: $2000 Performance PC

System Storage And Memory

System Drives: 2 x A-Data S599 64 GB SSD in RAID 0

A-Data continues to provide some of the best value in SandForce-based SSDs, offering up to 280 MB/s reads and 270 MB/s writes from a single drive. As with the previous few $2000 systems, we used two drives to deliver even higher throughput.

Read Customer Reviews of A-Data's S599 64 GB SSD

Our case does not support 2.5” drives natively, so A-Data’s inclusion of 3.5” bay adapters saves us even more money.

System RAM: 8 GB G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3-1600 CAS 8

G.Skill continues to offer value pricing for its DDR3-1600 CAS 8-8-8-24 modules, with recent drops to $90 giving us even more room for this month’s expensive case.

Read Customer Reviews of G.Skill Ripjaws X 8 GB DDR3-1600 Kit

Most of our tests show that these low-cost parts support the same timings at the same voltage as G.Skill’s more-expensive CAS 7 modules, but there’s always a risk in overclocking. It’s good to know, then, that these will reach at least CAS 8 at the 1.50 V industry standard.

Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.