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The Customer Choice PC’s Core i5-2500K edges out the $1300 PC’s Core i5-2400 in Sandra's Arithmetic component at default frequencies.
Overclocking turns today's machine into a monster that rips apart Don's hand-picked configuration, and those results are repeated in the benchmark's Multimedia test. There's no telling what would happen if our builders were given more flexible budgets. However, the extra money spent appears to make a substantial difference so far.
In his zest for cost-cutting, Don picked a motherboard that crashed whenever dual-channel memory mode was enabled. Of course, there was no way for him to know that'd happen; it's ASRock's problem at the end of the day. But the results are apparent in the bandwidth test.
Smaller problems with the Consumer Choice motherboard from Intel kept it from running with overclocked memory. However, successful implementation of dual-channel memory still gives it twice as much memory bandwidth.