$28\ 120GB CRU­CIAL BX500 2.5-INCH SSD


No tra­di­tional hard drives here. No, sir. This time around, we’ve gone for a 120GB bud­get SSD from Cru­cial. Th­ese new BX500 drives are aimed solely at the en­try-level mar­ket. Sur­pris­ingly, de­spite the price point, they’re ac­tu­ally fairly im­pres­sive on a spec level. With 540MB/s read and 500MB/s write, it’s ag­gres­sively com­pet­i­tive, par­tic­u­larly at that price.

It’s worth bear­ing in mind again, how­ever, that al­though this drive is enough for your Win­dows in­stal­la­tion and some light pro­gram use, if you in­tend to in­stall any siz­able games later down the line, or de­cide that you’d like to use this ma­chine as a home the­ater PC, we rec­om­mend you pump out for a more sub­stan­tial old-school HDD— some­thing like a 1TB WD Blue, for ex­am­ple. Bet­ter yet, can­ni­bal­ize one from an older sys­tem.


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