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System Builder Marathon: $2,500 Enthusiast PC
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Our configuration details and settings for this month's $2,500 enthusiast PC are as follows:

$2500 High-End System Test Configuration

Component

Base Settings

Overclock Settings

CPU

Intel Core i7 920
2.66 GHz, 8.0 MB Cache

4.00 GHz (20x 200 MHz), 1.3875 V Core,
1.45 V VTT, 1.375 V QPI, 1.375 V IOH

CPU Cooler

Vigor Monsoon III LT
2x 2000 RPM 120 mm Fans (Stock)

Unchanged

Motherboard

EVGA X58 3X SLI
Intel X58/ICH10R Chipset, LGA-1366

ICH VCore  1.25 V, IOH/ICH  I/O 1.65V

RAM

Super Talent DDR3-1333
3x 3.0 GB, CAS 8-8-8-24

1,600 MHz data rate, CL 9-8-8-16

Graphics

3x EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 S.E.
626 MHz GPU, GDDR3-2106

Unchanged

Hard Drives

3x Samsung Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ RAID 5
1.0 TB, 7,200 RPM, 32 MB Cache

Unchanged

Sound

Integrated HD Audio

Unchanged

Network

Integrated Gigabit Networking

Unchanged

Case

Cooler Master Stacker 830 Evolution (Black)

Unchanged

Power

Silverstone OP1000 Evolution
ATX12V v2.2. EPS12V, 1000 W, 80 A +12 V Rail

Unchanged

Optical

LG GGC-H20LK 6X Blu-ray/HD DVD-ROM, 16X DVD±R

Unchanged

Additional Fans

2x Scythe S-FLEX SFF21F 120 mm 1,600 RPM

Unchanged

Software
OS
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit SP1
Graphics
NVidia Forceware 180.48
Chipset
Intel INF 8.3.0.1016

Benchmarks and Settings

3D Games

Crysis

Version: 1.2.1, Video Quality: Very High Details, Demo: CPU-Benchmark + Tom’s Hardware Tool

Supreme Commander
Forged Alliance

Version: 1.5.3599, Video Quality: Highest Settings, Demo : WallaceTX_006_006, Benchmark: Fraps 2.9.4 - Build 7037

Unreal Tournament 3

Version: 1.2, Sound and DirectX10, Texture Details: 5, Level Details: 5, Demo: vCTF-Reflection_bot, Time: 12/60

World in Conflict

Version: 1.0.0.9, Video Quality: Very High details, Demo: Game-Benchmark

Audio Encoding

iTunes

Version: 7.7.0.43, Audio CD (Terminator II SE), 53 min, Default format AAC

Lame MP3

Version: 3.98 Beta 3 (05-22-2007), Audio CD ""Terminator II" SE, 53 min, wave to MP3, 160 Kb/s

Video Encoding

TMPEG 4.5

Version: 4.5.1.254, Import File: Terminator 2 SE DVD (5 Minutes), Resolution: 720x576 (PAL) 16:9

DivX 6.8.3

Encoding mode: Insane Quality, Enhanced Multi-threading, Enabled using SSE4, Quarter-pixel search

XviD 1.1.3

Display encoding status=off

Mainconcept Reference 1.5.1
Reference H.264 Plugin Pro 1.5.1

MPEG2 to MPEG2 (H.264), MainConcept H.264/AVC Codec, 28 sec HDTV 1920x1080 (MPEG2), Audio: MPEG2 (44.1 KHz, 2 Channel, 16-Bit, 224 Kbp/s), Mode: PAL (25 FPS), Profile: Tom’s Hardware Settings for Qct-Core

Applications

Autodesk 3D Studio Max 9

Version: 9.0, Rendering Dragon Image at 1920x1080 (HDTV)

Adobe Photoshop CS 3

Version: 10.0x20070321, Filtering from a 69 MB TIF-Photo, Benchmark: Tomshardware-Benchmark V1.0.0.4, Filters: Crosshatch, Glass, Sumi-e, Accented Edges, Angled Strokes, Sprayed Strokes

Grisoft AVG Anti-Virus 8

Version: 8.0.134, Virus base: 270.4.5/1533, Benchmark: Scan 334 MB Folder of ZIP/RAR compressed files

Winrar 3.80

Version 3.70 BETA 8, WinZIP Commandline Version 2.3, Compression= Best, Dictionary= 4,096 KB, Benchmark: THG-Workload (334 MB)

Winzip 11

Version 11.2, Compression=Best, Benchmark: THG-Workload (139 MB)

Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings

3DMark Vantage

Version: 1.02, GPU and CPU scores

PCMark Vantage

Version: 1.00, System, Memory, Hard Disk Drive benchmarks, Windows Media Player 10.00.00.3646

SiSoftware Sandra XII SP2

Version 2008.5.14.24, CPU Test=CPU Arithmetic/MultiMedia, Memory Test=Bandwidth Benchmark

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