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System Builder Marathon, Q2 2013: $2500 Performance PC

Not surprisingly, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is fairly CPU-bottlenecked on the new system. Even with a lesser graphics card it'd run into a wall. But the GeForce GTX 690 is certainly overkill for this game. Last quarter's Tahiti-powered Radeon HD 7870 still does well, with lower average frame rates tied to its slightly slower CPU.

The new build takes a serious performance hit at 5760x1080 in Far Cry 3, yet even then it remains nearly twice as fast as its predecessor.

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