Secondary Storage And Power
Mass Storage Drive: Samsung F3 HD103SJ 1 TB
SSDs are fast and BD-Rs are great for archiving. But like most users, we also needed a handy place to put large files that we’re still using. Samsung’s 1 TB F3 drive first grabbed our attention a couple years ago for its good performance, and a slowly dropping price continues to make it our choice at $55.
Anyone looking for more storage will find a lower cost-per-gigabyte on a higher-capacity unit, but we didn’t really need more. If we wanted to spend more money on mass storage, we’d have gone with the added data safety of RAID 1 rather than buying a larger drive.
Power: Seasonic SS-850HT
One of the most respected names in the power supply industry, Seasonic delivers its SS-850HT at an exceptional price by cutting back on features rather than quality. Lacking modular cables or a pretty finish, the only thing that prevents this high-capacity unit from destroying the “look” of our system is the fact that our system doesn’t have a window.