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Graphics Cards: 2 x Sapphire 100245HDMI Radeon HD 4850 512MB
These Sapphire boards were the least expensive Radeon HD 4850s available, and the pair was $5 cheaper than any single Radeon HD 4890. Together, they offer an amazing amount of graphics power for under $200.
At first glance, these may appear to be the same Sapphire 100245L used in past SBMs, but closer inspection reveals these have one DVI, one D-sub, and one HDMI output, as well as a welcome variable speed four-wire fan.
While we keep hoping to fit a 640GB Western Digital Caviar Black hard drive into one of our budget gaming machines, at purchase time, the extra $18 was too much to squeeze into this build while still retaining all other desired components. The $57 Caviar Blue 500GB spins at 7,200 RPM, has a 16MB cache, and is backed by a three-year manufacturer’s warranty.