System Builder Marathon, September 2011: The Articles
Here are links to each of the four articles in this month’s System Builder Marathon (we’ll update them as each story is published). And remember, these systems are all being given away at the end of the marathon.
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Day 1: The $2000 Performance PC
Day 2: The $1000 Enthusiast PC
Day 3: The $500 Gaming PC
Day 4: Performance And Value, Dissected
There wasn't a lot of incentive for us to look beyond the great performance and overclocking value of Intel's Core i5-2500K in our previous $1000 enthusiast build. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have any tricks up our sleeve this time around.
Of course, system performance is defined by a lot more than just a CPU, and we're thinking that it's about time our mid-priced system came with a solid-state drive. Although the cost of an SSD is too high to lean on it as an exclusive storage solution in this price range, we certainly have the budget to squeeze a boot drive into the build.
Moreover, variety is the spice of life. So, we're swapping out two Radeon HD 6850 cards in CrossFire used in our last build for a pair of GeForce GTX 460 models in SLI. We see what, if any, changes the graphics cards make in our power and performance metrics.
Here’s the list of components in the current $1000 Enthusiast system:
|$1000 Enthusiast System Components|
|Motherboard||EVGA P67 Micro SLI|
LGA 1155, Intel P67 chipset
|Processor||Intel Core i5-2500K|
3.3 GHz (3.7 GHz Turbo), Quad-Core, 6 MB L3 Cache
|CPU Cooler||Cooler Master Hyper TX3||$20|
|Memory||Mushkin Enhanced Redline 4 GB (2 x 2 GB) 240-Pin DDR3-1600 Kit|
Dual-Channel Desktop Memory Kit
|Graphics||2 x EVGA GeForce GTX 460 1 GB|
1 GB GDDR5
|Hard Drive||OCZ Vertex Series 30 GB SATA II SSD|
30 GB, SATA 3Gb/s
|Hard Drive||Western Digital Caviar Black 750 GB|
750 GB, 7200 RPM, 32 MB Cache SATA 3Gb/s
|Optical||Sony Optiarc DVD Burner|
24x DVD Burner
|Power||Corsair CX600 V2 600 W|
ATX12V, EPS12V, 80 PLUS-Certified