System Builder Marathon, Q4 2012: $500 Gaming PC

Benchmark Results: Productivity

Once again, we don't have comparison data for a number of these tests because we're adding performance data to our System Builder Marathon.

However, we already know that threaded apps like 3ds Max and FineReader are going to punish Intel's dual-core architecture compared to what we might have achieved with a cheap Trinity-based Athlon X4. The fact that we cannot overclock adds insult to injury.

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  • Not to mention that the 500GB version of the HDD is only $3 more.
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  • killerchickens$501 Plus $100 for a copy of windows 7.
    Run Linux, this is a hardware shootout.
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  • EzioAsI think they'd be better off with a B75 motherboard, 4GB RAM and an i3-3220.


    Exactly. Couldn't've said it better.
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  • $501 Plus $100 for a copy of windows 7.
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  • killerchickens$501 Plus $100 for a copy of windows 7.
    Run Linux, this is a hardware shootout.
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  • I personally feel that they could have gone with H61 and gotten a 2GB 7850 instead.
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  • CrashmanRun Linux, this is a hardware shootout.


    Linux for a gaming desktop I dont think so.
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  • Not to mention that the 500GB version of the HDD is only $3 more.
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    Our best alternative remained the quad-core Phenom II X4 995 Black Edition for $95. But we chose not to revisit this old favorite, figuring that adding a Radeon HD 7850 would have taxed our budget.

    What about the Phenom II 965? It's only $75 at TigerDirect.
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  • Why is Windows 8 Professional being used?
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  • willyroc said:
    I personally feel that they could have gone with H61 and gotten a 2GB 7850 instead.


    I think they'd be better off with a B75 motherboard, 4GB RAM and an i3-3220.
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  • I am not very comfortable using windows8 in these benches. Reason : Drivers have not yet matured for win8. I would have waited for the next quarter SBM before using win8.
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  • Windows is free and we use Linux in are gaming Machines what are we in Soviet Russia .
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  • Well done! I built a $700 rig for a friend a few weeks ago. Parts were mostly identical except for a Corei5 3330, 2 GB 7850 and 120 GB SSD. The 7850 is by far the most bang for the buck and overclocks quite well. I recently bought two for a crossfire setup on my rig for $300 dollars on black friday as well. The 7850 was a solid choice.
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  • EzioAsI think they'd be better off with a B75 motherboard, 4GB RAM and an i3-3220.


    Exactly. Couldn't've said it better.
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  • The FX-6300 doesn't get any love?
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  • So guys you would buy Windows 8 Professional for a $500 gaming computer.
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  • aznshinobiThe FX-6300 doesn't get any love?


    It's too expensive.

    killerchickensSo guys you would buy Windows 8 Professional for a $500 gaming computer.


    This was a hardware test. You're OS complaints are irrelevant and there's no practical difference between Home and Pro versions when it comes to simple performance tests. such as these.
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  • killerchickensWindows is free and we use Linux in are gaming Machines what are we in Soviet Russia .


    Several Linux distros works pretty well with most modern popular games, just FYI. Also, getting Windows for free legally is easy if you care to do it. Dreamspark has many free versions available to college students and most people know at least one, even if by proxy. Even in the unlikelihood of not knowing any, there's still the eval copies that MS gives away for free on their own website.
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  • mayankleoboy1I am not very comfortable using windows8 in these benches. Reason : Drivers have not yet matured for win8. I would have waited for the next quarter SBM before using win8.


    I disagree. The current drivers for Windows 8 are pretty much on-par with the Windows 7 drivers. Heck, they're better than AMD's pre-Catalyst 12.6 drivers.
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  • was hoping to see a piledriver based cpu in this quarter's build. but i was much happier to see the 1gb radeon 7850 instead. nice gaming build.
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  • de5_Roy said:
    was hoping to see a piledriver based cpu in this quarter's build. but i was much happier to see the 1gb radeon 7850 instead. nice gaming build.


    Meh, I would've preferred seeing at least an A8-5600K with a cheaper motherboard and memory kit or keep the same memory kit and get a cheaper case. It could have fit, IDK why Tom's didn't do it. Maybe there weren't good prices on other components at the time :/
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  • blazorthonThis was a hardware test. You're OS complaints are irrelevant and there's no practical difference between Home and Pro versions when it comes to simple performance tests. such as these.


    Windows home still costs $100 which is still some how not part of the budget.
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