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Here are links to each of the four articles in this month’s System Builder Marathon (we’ll update them as each story is published). And remember, these systems are all being given away at the end of the marathon!
The SBM contest is live! Enter to win one of our three systems right here.
In coming up with components for this month’s $1,300 enthusiast Micro-ATX system, we had a hard time deciding on which platform to choose, as the Core 2 Duo, Phenom II, and Core i7 CPUs were all viable choices and brought their own strengths and weaknesses to the table.
We asked our forum users for their opinions and got a lot of constructive dialogue in return. The consensus was that while AMD's Phenom II was very compelling and had a lot of support, the $1,300 price bracket allowed us to stretch our legs into Core i7 territory.
With the CPU decided upon, everything else started falling into place. Here’s our component list:
|$1,300 Enthusiast Micro-ATX PC Parts Prices|
DFI LANParty Jr X58-T3H6 Micro-ATX
Intel Core i7-920
G.Skill 10666CL7T 6GBPK
2 x BFG GeForce GTX 260 OC in SLI
Western Digital Caviar Black
Lite-On iHAS422 DVD±R
SilverStone TJ08-B Micro-ATX Mini-Tower
PC Power and Cooling Silencer 750 Quad S75QB, ATX12V 2.2, 80-Plus Certified
Xigmatek Dark Knight S1283