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Simple drive, nothing special.
The Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB offers a decent amount of speedy storage at a reasonable price. It is a 7,200RPM, SATA 6.0Gb/s unit featuring 16MB of cache.
Given that RAM is so cheap, I don't see a need to skimp on it. I've chosen 4GB (2x 2GB) of G-SKILL DDR3 1333.
I've gone for the cheap-and-cheerful — but thoroughly reliable — LG Black UH12NS29 Blu-ray combo drive. As well as being an excellent all-round performer, this drive is both silent and jam-free.