Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3V
Intel's B75 Express Chipset is aimed at small businesses using third-generation Core processors. Taking advantage of features like DDR3-1600 memory and PCI Express 3.0-capable graphics cards require that you use an Ivy Bridge-based CPU, which we cannot afford to do with this build.
However, armed with all-solid capacitors, native SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3.0 connectivity, legacy PCI, and a 16-lane PCI Express slot for our second-gen Core chip, Gigabyte's GA-B75M-D3V remains an attractive forward-looking option for today’s budget-oriented configuration.
Memory: 4 GB NS G.Skill F3-10600CL9D-4GBNS Memory Kit
The Pentium G860’s memory controller limits data rates to 1333 MT/s. And while we would love to install 8 GB of capacity or lower latencies, financial constraints keep us shopping for basic 4 GB kits of memory rated for CAS 9.
We received a pair of black modules. According to G.Skill's support line, however, the PCB color varies depending on the particular batch.
- Serious Gaming, On The Cheap
- CPU And Cooler
- Motherboard And Memory
- Graphics Card And Hard Drive
- Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive
- Assembling Our Budget-Oriented Box
- Limited To Graphics Overclocking
- Test System Configuration And Benchmarks
- Benchmark Results: Synthetics
- Benchmark Results: Battlefield 3 And DiRT 3
- Benchmark Results: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim And StarCraft II
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Power Consumption And Temperatures
- Performance Summary And Efficiency
- Did We Spend Our Money Wisely?