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System Builder Marathon, Q1 2013: System Value Compared
Feb 28, 2013 - in Reviews
We've long claimed that the sweet spot for value was somewhere around $800. So, we narrowed this quarter's System Builder Marathon from $600 to $1,000. Which one of our three configurations gives us the most performance for our budget?
System Builder Marathon, Q1 2013: $1,000 Performance PC
Feb 27, 2013 - in Reviews
With his budget cut in half, Thomas is trying to take the value crown by building the highest-end PC in this quarter's System Builder Marathon for $1,000. Can he out-do the value of Paul's $600 config or Don's $800 effort using solid-state storage?
System Builder Marathon, June 2012: System Value Compared
Jun 7, 2012 - in Reviews
Frugality returned in this quarter's System Builder Marathon, tipping the balance towards less-elaborate gaming rigs. Does cutting deep into the budgets end up hurting our lower-cost build too much for it to compete, or is its value enhanced instead?
System Builder Marathon, June 2012: $2000 Performance PC
Jun 3, 2012 - in Reviews
After a little inflation over the past few quarters, we chop $600 off of the most recent build. Is there such a thing as more performance from a smaller budget? Thanks to Intel's Ivy Bridge architecture and GeForce GTX 680, the answer is: sometimes.
System Builder Marathon, Dec. 2011: $1200 Enthusiast PC
Dec 19, 2011 - in Reviews
We mix things up with a $1200 budget, a brutally powerful Radeon HD 6950 CrossFire combo, and AMD's new FX processor in the final mid-range System Builder Marathon PC of 2011. The results are predictable in some ways, but surprising in others.
System Builder Marathon, Sept. 2011: System Value Compared
Sep 25, 2011 - in Reviews
Big changes to a few components radically alter the performance profile of every machine in this quarter's competition. We’ve already seen how these changes affect the value of each machine, but how will they compare to each other?
System Builder Marathon, Sept. 2011: $2000 Performance PC
Sep 19, 2011 - in Reviews
Falling memory prices make it easier to spend our $2000 budget on the fastest available components. How much faster is a pair of GeForce GTX 580s than two Radeon HD 6970 cards? Noticeably. But is the value any more compelling? You're about to find out.
System Builder Marathon, March 2011: $2000 Bonus Build
Mar 29, 2011 - in Reviews
We used our second chance opportunity to hand-pick a $2000 PC with even more graphics power, at a lower cost. Getting more powerful GPUs means compromising elsewhere to maintain the same budget, though. Will that decision affect this config's value?
System Builder Marathon, March 2011: Value Compared
Mar 28, 2011 - in Reviews
Day 4 of our System Builder Marathon compares performance achieved to money spent. With outright speed the top priority, can either of our high-end systems beat the low-cost build when it comes to value? Or will the middle machine strike the best balance?
System Builder Marathon, March 2011: $500 Gaming PC
Mar 24, 2011 - in Reviews
The last two System Builder Marathon configurations centered on Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture. But AMD still seems to rule the budget-oriented segment. This quarter, Paul buys an upgraded CPU and a Radeon-based graphics card for more performance.
System Builder Marathon, March 2011: $2000 Performance PC
Mar 21, 2011 - in Reviews
Nick-of-time availability on revision B3-based P67 motherboards makes it possible for us to explore Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture in the fastest configuration competing in this quarter's System Builder Marathon. Is the result an overwhelming victory?
System Builder Marathon: TH's $2000 Hand-Picked Build
Dec 26, 2010 - in Reviews
The first $2000 build in this quarter's SBM series provided astonishing performance overall, but a few disappointments forced us to consider alternative parts. Today, we see how much improvement we can make when we hand-pick the configuration, TH-style
System Builder Marathon, December 2010: Value, Compared
Dec 19, 2010 - in Reviews
New benchmarks, new test methods, and new hardware mark exciting updates to this month’s System Builder Marathon. Today, we cover the most exciting part of all: the value competition. Remember, we're giving all three systems away, so enter to win them!
System Builder Marathon, December 2010: $500 PC
Dec 16, 2010 - in Reviews
We've already seen results from Thomas' $2000 PC and Don's $1000 build. Now it's time for Paul's $500 machine to take the stage, showing what an Athlon II X3 can do when it's matched up to a GeForce GTX 460. Can it deliver better value than the others?
System Builder Marathon, December 2010: $2000 PC
Dec 12, 2010 - in Reviews
With all of your feedback from last quarter's System Builder Marathon under our belts, this time around, we attempt to fit a no-sacrifice, luxury and performance build into our moderately-high $2000 budget. Will this new build succeed on all fronts?
System Builder Marathon: TH's $2000 Hand-Picked Build
Sep 30, 2010 - in Reviews
Each quarter, our System Builder Marathons include parts picked by three Tom's Hardware editors aided by comments from our readers. This quarter, we're adding an Editor's Choice PC with parts hand-picked by Thomas to go up against the top SBM config.
System Builder Marathon, Sept. 2010: Value Compared
Sep 9, 2010 - in Reviews
Three systems represent our builders' best performance and value hopes for budget, mainstream, and high-end users. Last quarter's marathon demonstrated how each system compared to its predecessor, and today we find out how these compare to each other.
System Builder Marathon, Sept. 2010: $1000 Enthusiast PC
Sep 7, 2010 - in Reviews
In this quarter's System Builder Marathon, we balance out our CPU and graphics subsystems, rather than piling on the GPU performance like last time. The results are shocking, to be quite honest. Check out the performance of our $1000 enthusiast system.
System Builder Marathon, Sept. 2010: $2000 Performance PC
Sep 6, 2010 - in Reviews
We bolstered our latest high-end build with a six-core CPU from AMD and two super-fast video cards from Nvidia. Is it possible to fit uncompromising performance within a $2000 budget? Remember, you can even enter to win this potent behemoth; just read on!
System Builder Marathon, March 2010: System Value Compared
Mar 19, 2010 - in Reviews
Budget enhancements to this month’s SBM finally reflect last year’s price increases, allowing the return of liquid cooling at the high-end and Core i7 for the mid-priced systems. With big improvements to its bigger brothers, can the low-cost PC still win?