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Description: 3.6GHz i3 Coffee Lake
Manufacturer: Intel
Part: i3-8100
Standards: Coffee Lake, LGA 1151
Intel may have over compensated for AMD's recent success when they doubled the cores in the Coffee Lake i3. Adding to this the high GHz rating and you have a whole lot of power in a very affordable CPU. This CPU is great for a high sustained single-core speed. And with 4 cores you have plenty of parallel processing as well. One thing it doesn't have is the ability to tap into the extra power available in DDR4 RAM. For this and for turbo, you'll need an i5 or i7.
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Description: Prime Mini-ITX MB, w/Coffee Lake H310I-Plus R2.0 chipset, plus famous CSM program
Manufacturer: ASUS
Part: Prime H310I-Plus R2.0/CSM
Standards: Mini-ITX, LGA 1151, Coffee Lake Refresh, H310I-Plus R2.0
This Mini-ITX motherboard was manufactured for all uses: industrial, business, scientific, educational, and entertainment. It works with Windows 7 and 10. It includes a long list of capabilities, including 16 lane PCIe 3.0, 6GB/s SATA3, 5GB/s USB 3.1 gen 1 & 20GB/s M.2.
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Description: 8GB (1x 8GB modules) DDR4-2666 UDIMM
Manufacturer: Crucial
Part: CT2K8G4DFSD8266
Standards: DDR4, UDIMM
DDR4 memory is way faster than DDR3 memory, and this is where Coffee Lake really shines. Stock speed is 2666MHz, which is more than just about anyone will know what to do with. Comparing a fast paced HD resolution animation at 2400MHz vs 2666MHz vs 3000MHz there was no noticeable difference. All three ran just as smoothly. 2666 is the fastest stock speed for Coffee Lake, and not all Coffee Lake CPU's will go that fast. We supply just this speed to make them all interchangeable, which gives you a bit more value in some upgrade scenarios. Since the connections are closer together they are far trickier to install. Only highly experienced technicians should install these.
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Description: 500GB, Large SLC NVMe M.2 SSD
Manufacturer: Adata
Part: ASX8200PNP-512GT-C
Standards: M.2, NVMe, PCIe Gen3 x4
For some time now the performance graph for the Adata XPG SX8200 Pro has amazed us all with this extra long SLC performance. Interestingly, it is just right to quickly flush and reload an operating system's disk cache where a lot of RAM is involved. What could be the reason? This fixes the problem where an operating system's DRAM-based disk cache is not persistant, which then makes it the very best solution to the single queue random read bottleneck. So yes, very significant. Plus, this combination will allow the operating system's disk cache to beat Intel's Optane in performance.
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Description: 4TB SATA3 Hard Drive
Manufacturer: Toshiba
Part: Toshiba N300
Standards: NAS, SATA3 (6GB/s)
If you do a google search on the top hard drives you'll often see a Seagate drive at the top of multiple top-drive reviews. This is due to advertising dollars controling what you read. Do not trust glossy reviews. According to drive replacement statistics, the supreme most reliable drive is the HGST HMS5C4040BLE640. However, due to the scarcity of this drive we now instead include the Toshiba N300. This drive is a newer version of one of the better drives on that same list.
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Description: 24x Super Multi Internal DVD+/-RW M-DISC
Manufacturer: LG Electronics
Part: GH24NSC0B
Standards: CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW/RAM/ +R/RW +/-R DL M-DISC/+M SL
This internal DVD drive combines superior speed and superior compatibility, and wins first place in the 2018 Lifewire reviews. It writes to DVD at a whopping 33MB/s.
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Description: Elite 130, Mini-ITX
Manufacturer: Cooler Master
Part: RC-130-KKN1
Standards: Mini-ITX
This case is a favorite amongst a number of professionals aiming to fully utilize the Mini-ITX form factor. Every detail about this case speaks quality. As you open it up and see all the extra engineering that went into this superior design, it then becomes 100% clear that without this design it would not be possible to fit so much into so little space. This case makes room for a full sized external 5.25" drive, which brings into the picture the highest-value optical drive. It makes room for 5 internal drives, a normal sized PSU (which is why we can include the most reliable PSU in the world), a full-length GPU (just in case you decide to go all-out with your next graphics upgrade), the stock CPU cooler (saving time and money), 4 fans (all pushing together to get air to flow out the front), and sufficient space for cables (very important with such a small case).
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Description: 500w Smart Power Supply
Manufacturer: EVGA
Part: 100-BT-0500-K1
The entire computer and all its components are at the PSU's mercy. Little flaws can spell big trouble. So, to protect our highest-value stance, we include absolutely nothing but the best-of-the-best. And this is it.
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