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My $2,000 build’s budget went primarily towards graphics, so I’m pleased to see that its quad-core CPU consistently outpaces the $1,000 machine's eight integer cores. On the other hand, I’m not-so-pleased to see that this CPU's 45% higher expense can't even serve up a 25% performance gain.
7-Zip, WinRAR, and WinZip are all in the $2,000 machine’s pocket, and Paul’s $500 PC is cheap enough to justify the size of its losses.