Here’s a quick recap of the performance settings of our $500 Gaming PC’s stock hardware, before overclocking:
Remember that for overclocked benchmarks, we increased this system’s CPU clock speed to 3.20 GHz at 8x 400 MHz FSB clock, using our DDR2-800 at CAS 5-4-4-10.
Notice that we used Windows Vista in keep our $500 Gaming PC on a “level playing field” with other systems we’ve tested, yet we did not include an operating system in the price. Builders on super-tight budgets are welcome to re-use an old Windows XP or Windows 2000 license, if they have one.
Base and overclocked details for our Sub-$1000 comparison system can be found in March System Builder Marathon Day 4.
- Will It Game?
- Overclocking Details
- Test Configuration
- Benchmark Results: Crysis, Prey
- Supreme Commander, UT3, Warhammer
- Audio: iTunes, Lame MP3
- Applications: 3DS Max, Cinema4D, Photoshop, AVG, WinRAR
- Synthetics: 3D Mark 2006
- PC Mark 2005
- Sandra XII
- Average Performance Differences
- Performance Per Dollar, Conclusion