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Motherboard And Memory

System Builder Marathon: $625 Gaming PC

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3L

Without the need to change to a CrossFire-ready motherboard, we again chose the Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3L P45 because of its performance, value, and overclocking-friendly features.

Read Customer Reviews of Gigabyte's GA-EP45-DS3L

An all-solid capacitor design, dual BIOS, and Dynamic Energy Saver technology are some this board's other highlights. An available mail-in rebate could have brought the cost another $15.

Memory: G.SKILL HK 4GB DDR2 800

This G.Skill PC2-6400 was the most affordable 4 GB kit available with 4-4-4-12 timings. It has aluminum heat spreaders, is rated at 1.8-1.9 V, and is backed by a manufacturer’s lifetime warranty.

Read Customer Reviews of G.Skill's 4 GB HK DDR2-800 Kit

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