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Graphics Card And Hard Drive

System Builder Marathon: $625 Gaming PC

Graphics Card: Sapphire 100245L Radeon HD4850 512 MB

This non-reference Sapphire HD 4850 was louder than desired but served us well last month by running cool and reaching Catalyst Control Center's (CCC) maximum clock speeds. A $10 price reduction made it the cheapest available HD 4850 and an easy choice again for this month’s system. 

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Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500 GB

Once again, this 7200.11 series Seagate 500 GB drive was chosen for its speed, reliability, and 32 MB cache buffer. A $5 price drop was an added bonus that allowed us to increase the budget for other components. 

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