Power Supply : FSP Group FX600-GLN
FSP is a well-respected power supply manufacturer, and the FXC600-GLN is a very good PSU. Rated at 85%+ efficiency with four 12 V rails, and costing a relatively low $110, this is a great PSU for powering a strong midrange system with a dual video card setup.
Optical Drive : Sony NEC Optiarc 7170 SATA
At $15, Sony’s Optiarc is still our cheap, reliable, well-performing DVD writer of choice. Not much more to say about it, except that it works !
Video Card : 2x ECS Geforce 8800 GTS 512MB in SLI configuration
One of the risks when putting together a system builder marathon is that the hardware landscape will drastically change. But while there have been some significant new video card introductions in the past few weeks, the Geforce 8800 GTS 512MB is still a powerful card — and two of them are even more impressive.
We found the ECS flavor of the 8800 GTS 512MB for $209 on Newegg, and last we looked there was a $50 rebate. Even in the post-Geforce 9800 GTX+ and Radeon 4850 world, two 8800 GTS 512MB cards for $318 after rebates is a darned good deal, and plenty powerful to boot. Plus, it’s really nice to have a cooling system that channels hot air outside the case, unlike most 8800 GT cards that have single-slot coolers and create a lot of heat.
- System Builder Marathon: Mid Range System
- CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 CPU
- Motherboard: MSI P7N SLI Platinum
- Cooler, Memory, Hard Drive and Case
- Power Supply, Optical Drive, and Video Card!
- Test System & Benchmarks
- Synthetic Benchmarks
- Application Benchmarks – Media Encoding
- Application Benchmarks – 2d and 3d Rendering
- Application Benchmarks – Productivity
- Game Benchmarks – First Person Shooters
- Game Benchmarks – first person shooters, cont’d
- Game Benchmarks – Real-Time Strategy