We all love to build our own systems, and whenever we hold our System Builder Marathons here at Tom's Hardware, we're sure that you love the systems that we build too.
We like to build them and then give them away. And today we're announcing who got to take home our custom rigs that we prepared for December 2010.
The winner of the $500 Gaming PC is Aaron Christman.
Taking home the $1,000 Enthusiast PC is Alexander Melnykovych.
The very lucky new owner of the $2,000 Performance PC is John Lynch.
Finally, the $2000 Hand-Picked Build goes to John Honess.
Congratulations to all the winners! Everyone else, stay tuned for our next round of the SBM and hopefully we'll be making one for you next!
If you want to take our favorite configuration home with you today, you can order it from Newegg. Check out the special offer below:
The purpose of the System Builder Marathon is extracting maximum value from enthusiast components at a variety of price points. We come together at the end of the series to see whose build exemplified our goal.
This time around, like last time, Newegg gave us an opportunity to pick the parts we as editors wanted to see--after the fact. Our follow-up build adds a *lot* of value to the first $2000 build, and we're much happier recommending the components in this story.
As before, we've worked with Newegg to make this entire configuration available as a combo build--at adiscount to Tom's Hardware readers. The parts we ordered added up to $1920. The prices later dropped to $1749. Using Newegg's Combo link, the same setup is selling for $1679 after rebate. That's pretty impressive for a setup we already thought was a solid value close to $2000!