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Pro Tuner PC Upgrade (USD 514.57)

I used to work my way down the list of PassMark's CPU and Graphics cards rankings. Then I would look for a supplier who had an affordable offer, and make a table to determine the best valued components. Nowadays PassMark already show prices on their website. So the only thing we have to do is bring them together to a working system.

Things that are important are: Memory timings, both the motherboard as the CPU need to be compatible with the Memory. For some video cards a Power Supply of at least 600 Watt is needed.

So the components for this version:
  • AMD FX 8-Core Black Edition FX-8320
  • Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
  • Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3
  • Kingston HyperX Predator XMP 2 x 4GB
  • ZOTAC GeForce GTX 560 Ti

  • Optimized BIOS timing settings:

    Overclock / Voltage Control:
    • System Voltage Control: Manual
    • DRAM Voltage Control: 1.640 V

  • Overclock / Memory Timings:
    • Set Memory Clock: Manual
    • Memory Clock: x9.33
    • DCTs Mode: Unganged
    • DDR3 Timing Items: Manual
    • 1T/2T Command timing: 2T
    • CAS# Latency: 10
    • RAS to CAS Delay: 11
    • Row Precharge Time: 9
    • Minimum RAS Active Time: 27
    • TwTr Command Delay: 5
    • Trfc0 for DIMM1, DIMM3: 160ns
    • Trfc0 for DIMM1, DIMM3: 90ns
    • Write Recovery Time: 10T
    • Precharge Time: 5
    • Row Cycle Time: 13
    • RAS to RAS Delay: 4
    • Channel Interleaving: Enabled
    • Bank Interleaving: Enabled
    • CKE Power Down Mode: Disabled
    • Memclock tri stating: Disabled

  • Total price of 514.57 USD (August 15th, 2013 based on Amazon, see for product links, alternative products and good value-for-money components to build a complete tower)
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