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Motherboard And Memory

System Builder Marathon: $625 Gaming PC

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3L

Read Customer Reviews of Gigabyte’s EP45-DS3L

Last month, the Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3L P45 motherboard offered rock-solid stability with very pleasing overclocking results, so it was a logical choice again for this month's build. A few highlights are its all-solid-capacitor design, dual BIOS, and Dynamic Energy Saver technology.

Memory: Patriot Viper PVS24G6400LLK

Priced right, the Patriot Viper PC2-6400's 4 GB dual-channel kit performed well in a recent Tom's Hardware memory roundup. Rated at DDR2 800, 4-4-4-12, and 2.1 V, Patriot's ACC (aluminum copper composite) heat shields cool this low-latency kit.

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