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System Builder Marathon, Sept. '09: $2,500 Performance PC
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$2,500 Portable Performance PC Test Settings

Standard SpeedOverclocked
MotherboardMSI 790FX-GD70 Socket AM3
Chipset: AMD 790FX/SB750
 Unchanged
ProcessorAMD Phenom II X4 955
Four Cores, 3.2 GHz, 6MB L3 Cache
3.91 GHz at 1.4875V,
206 MHz HT Clock
Memory2 x Crucial 4GB DDR3-1333 Kit
4 x 2GB (8GB Total), CAS 9-9-9-28
DDR3-1648 at 1.65V,
CAS 8-7-7-18
Graphics3 x MSI R4890-T2D1G OC (CrossFireX)
880 MHz GPU, GDDR5-3996
GDDR5-4600
930 MHz GPU
Hard Drives2 x Intel X25-M SSDSA2MH080G1 (RAID 0)
80GB per drive, MLC, 160GB total
 Unchanged
OpticalLG GGW-H20L BD-RE / HD-DVD ROM
6x BD-R, 2x BD-RE, 16x DVD±R
 Unchanged
CaseNZXT Panzerbox ATX Mid-Tower Unchanged
PowerCorsair CMPSU-1000HX Modular 1,000 W
ATX12V 2.2, EPS12V 2.91, 80 PLUS Certified
 Unchanged
CPU CoolerSwiftech H20-220 2 x 120mm Liquid Kit Unchanged
Component CoolingAntec SpotCool LED Cooling Fan Unchanged
Benchmark Configuration
3D Games
CrysisPatch 1.2.1, DirectX 10, 64-bit executable, benchmark tool
Test Set 1: High Quality, No AA
Test Set 2: Very High Quality, No AA
Fallout 3Patch 1.0.0.17, Saved Game "Capital Wasteland" (60 sec)
Test Set 1: Highest Details, No AA, No AF
Test Set 2: Highest Details, 4x AA, 15x AF
Far Cry 2DirectX 10, in-game benchmark
Test Set 1: Very High Quality, No AA
Test Set 2: Ultra High Quality, 4x AA
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.XDirectX 10.1, in-game benchmark
Test Set 1: Highest Settings, No AA
Test Set 2: Highest Settings, 4x AA
World in ConflictPatch 1009, DirectX 10, timedemo
Test 1: Very High Details, No AA / No AF
Test 2: Very High Details 4x AA / 16x AF
Audio/Video Encoding
iTunes 8Version: 8.1.0.52 (x64)
Audio CD (Terminator II SE), 53 min
Default format AAC
Lame MP3Version: 3.98 64-bit (07-04-2008)
Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min
wave to MP3
TMPEG 4.6Version: 4.6.3.268
Import File: Terminator 2 SE DVD (5 Minutes)
Resolution: 720x576 (PAL) 16:9
DivX 6.8.5Encoding mode: Insane Quality
Enhanced multithreading enabled using SSE4
Quarter-pixel search
XviD 1.2.1Display encoding status = off
MainConcept Reference 1.6.1
Reference H.264 Plugin Pro 1.5.1
MPEG2 to MPEG2 (H.264), MainConcept H.264/AVC Codec, 28 sec HDTV 1920x1080 (MPEG2), Audio: MPEG2 (44.1 kHz, 2 Channel, 16-Bit, 224 Kb/s), Mode: PAL (25 FPS)
Productivity
Adobe Photoshop CS4 (64-bit)Version: 11.0 Extended, Filter 15.7 MB TIF Image
Radial Blur, Shape Blur, Median, Polar Coordinates
Autodesk 3ds Max 2009Version: 11.0, Rendering Dragon Image at 1920x1080 (HDTV)
Grisoft AVG Anti-Virus 8.5Version: 8.5.287, Virus database 2094, Benchmark: Scan 334 MB Folder of ZIP/RAR compressed files
WinRAR 3.80Version 3.80, WinZIP Commandline Version 3.0, Compression = Best, Dictionary = 4,096 KB, Benchmark: THG-Workload (334 MB)
WinZip 12Version 12.0, Compression = Best, Benchmark: THG-Workload (139 MB)
Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
3DMark VantageVersion: 1.01
PCMark VantageVersion: 1.00, System, Memory, Hard Disk Drive benchmarks, Windows Media Player 10.00.00.3646
SiSoftware Sandra 2009 SP3Version 2009.4.15.92, CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / Multimedia, Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark
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  • 18 Hide
    burnley14 , September 28, 2009 6:14 AM
    Just thinking about winning this system in the giveaway gets me excited.
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    WINTERLORD , September 28, 2009 6:43 AM
    now that is one slick gaming machine! could'nt imagine them frames rates on a big monitor. love the insides water cooling 3 radeon 4890's with room for a 4th. great pictures by the way lots of eye candy. you can tell alot of work went into tis kmonster. great article.
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  • 18 Hide
    burnley14 , September 28, 2009 6:14 AM
    Just thinking about winning this system in the giveaway gets me excited.
  • 8 Hide
    jj463rd , September 28, 2009 6:17 AM
    Me too this is an awesome build.
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    DjEaZy , September 28, 2009 6:23 AM
    ... do the video compression using ATi Streem...
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    Anonymous , September 28, 2009 6:30 AM
    The Quality of video on ATI streem is shit on sticks and doesn't even support high profile.

    The last build was a bit too odd for me but this one seems like a very nice chose of parts and on a larger screen set up makes a lot of sense the loss of i7 for AMD only build was a bit sad but the addition of those great SSD kind of makes up for me along with the nice chose of case and cooling. That case looks like it is very nice to work on.
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    dirtmountain , September 28, 2009 6:31 AM
    The Corsair CMPSU-850HX is rated Silver, not Gold. Nice build, good results, great work.
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    Anonymous , September 28, 2009 6:37 AM
    @Dirtman

    http://www.80plus.org/manu/psu/psu_detail.aspx?id=25&type=2

    Check your sources because you have it wrong

    CMPSU-850HX ATX12V 850 90.38% Gold
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    one-shot , September 28, 2009 6:39 AM
    Please don't call RAID 1 a backup solution.
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    dirtmountain , September 28, 2009 6:40 AM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011

    Newegg says differently. I did check sources.
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    dirtmountain , September 28, 2009 6:42 AM
    So does Jonnyguru
    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story2&reid=153
    I guess you just can't believe everything you find on a brands site.
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    WINTERLORD , September 28, 2009 6:43 AM
    now that is one slick gaming machine! could'nt imagine them frames rates on a big monitor. love the insides water cooling 3 radeon 4890's with room for a 4th. great pictures by the way lots of eye candy. you can tell alot of work went into tis kmonster. great article.
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    IzzyCraft , September 28, 2009 6:44 AM
    dirtmountainhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139011Newegg says differently. I did check sources.

    You going to believe newegg a site that is known to make mistakes in labeling products over the actual official site of the group that freaking does the testing and certification
    http://www.80plus.org/manu/psu/psu_detail.aspx?id=25&type=2

    http://www.80plus.org/manu/psu/psu_reports/CORSAIR_CMPSU-850HX_ECOS%201464_850W_Report.pdf

    It's gold...
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    eddieroolz , September 28, 2009 6:44 AM
    The overclock was disappointing, but it seems to be one capable system!

    Anyone who wins this has an awesome rig on their hands!
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    IzzyCraft , September 28, 2009 6:46 AM
    I'm sure anyone that wins any of the rigs will be quite happy and hopefully happy enough to post pictures and other things on the forums.
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    Proximon , September 28, 2009 6:55 AM
    Your PSU calculations do not include transient loads, which happen too quickly to measure on a Kill-a-watt. 1000HX was the better choice.

    Either water cool the GPUs or use a case with better air flow. Perhaps 90C is within spec (although I'm not aware of any published official max temps for 4890s)but it doesn't seem like a good idea to me.

    What's with the limited choice for a case anyway? You seem to want to experiment? CM Storm Scout has handles, or Lian Li Lancool has great air cooling and radiator hose grommets.

    I did like the inclusion of the Swiftech kit.

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    one-shot , September 28, 2009 6:58 AM
    Corsair says it's Silver

    http://www.corsair.com/products/hx850/default.aspx

    So...I guess it's really Gold?

    (sarcasm)
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    tipmen , September 28, 2009 7:01 AM
    I only fear what a QuadFire 5870 would bring if a tri 4890s does this much damage. Thanks for doing AMD it may not be the best CPU but its always nice to see a change.
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    Crashman , September 28, 2009 7:15 AM
    dirtmountainSo does Jonnyguruhttp://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.p [...] 2&reid=153I guess you just can't believe everything you find on a brands site.


    80 plus is an independant rating site, the 850HX was upgraded to Gold status so unless you're using an old unit you should be fine.

    ProximonWhat's with the limited choice for a case anyway? You seem to want to experiment? CM Storm Scout has handles, or Lian Li Lancool has great air cooling and radiator hose grommets.I did like the inclusion of the Swiftech kit.


    This editor never uses external radiators because they're too easily damaged, ugly, and make transportation difficult. The only choice not mentioned was the HAF932: There's one in the lab, it's enormous and cheaply built.

    Also, there's absolutely nothing wrong with the ventilation of the case used. It's remarkable. It's darned near perfect. The GPU's run hot for two reasons: HD 4890's are horribly inefficient and there's not much space between them.

    The other option would have been to face the PSU fan towards the cards so it could draw warm air away from them.
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    WINTERLORD , September 28, 2009 7:40 AM
    this thing is truely alswome anyway you slice it. eye candy galore, and im sure anyone who won this thing would be more then happy. and what makes this beast realy shine is how much performance it gets not only in gaming but alswome productivity/ap[plication scores as well. all the way around it is alswome. also very interesting to see AMD parts stacking up like this in a high end gaming. very interesting.
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    masterjaw , September 28, 2009 7:49 AM
    "Happy birthday", "Happy Halloween", "Merry Christmas", and "Happy New Year" to the lucky one who would get his hands on this one.
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    anamaniac , September 28, 2009 8:05 AM
    Wow...
    I would take this over your last $2,500 Intel system no doubt!
    This thing is a work of art.

    Excellent work.
    Wait wait wait... why would I want a phenom when i have a i7? I don't know, but this system is that cool.

    I love the case used on it too. Tri-4890, 2x80GB SSD etc. even on a 2.5k budget is admirable.
    Making me wonder were all the money on my build went...

    Also nice to see a cheap motherboard being promoted. I paid over $300 for my mobo, and I regret it (good overclocking mobo... crappy overclocker cpu). >_<


    Keep up the good work.
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