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Graphics Card And Hard Drive

System Builder Marathon: $625 Gaming PC
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Graphics Card: Sapphire 100259L Radeon HD 4870 512 MB

Our quest for higher frame rates led us to this massive reference-clocked Sapphire HD 4870 featuring 512 MB of GDDR5 memory. Its large dual-slot cooler is quiet when in 2D and it did an effective job of ramping up fan speeds to keep the GPU temperatures down. Currently priced at $190, its retail bundle includes two power adapter cables, an HDTV cable, a DVI-to-HDMI adapter, a DVI-to-VGA adapter, an S-Video adapter, and a CrossFire bridge interconnect cable.

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Hard Drive: Samsung SpinPoint T Series HD501LJ 500GB

Priced right along with 250-320 GB drives, this 7,200 RPM Samsung has a 16 MB cache buffer and was the only 500 GB drive we could fit into our budget.  According to Samsung’s support Web site, this HD501LJ model comes with just a one year parts and labor warranty.

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