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Here is a list of memory manufacturers that have been proven to be great: http://www.buy-a-new-computer.com/buy-computer-memory/computer-memory-manufacturers/
The best places as far as computer building hardware would be newegg.com, tigerdirect.com and sometimes amazon. Would actually be your best bet.
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The only thing missing is the question on Digital Drives....Are these proving to be reliable and fast...or are they giving up something by being digital.?
I am sorry I can't as I have had to replace both a IDE and Sata drive recently, but I see Digital Hard drives being advertised but know very little about them ....
Sorry I guess the correct term is solid state drive...and not as I have used the term Digital
Not a problem. Yes a solid state hard drive is reliable as far as fast data access and extremely fast bootup. However I would highly suggest using the SSD to store your operating system and daily applications on. If you use it as a regular hard drive with constant read and writing and deleting it can reduce the life to 40 years it is flash memory after all. I would advise using a second hard drive sata for your important data storage. I will answer that question this way yes they are reliable as far as speed and performance I would still highly suggest a second hard drive to backup and date storage.