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If you ever plan to build your own PC, Tom's Hardware’s System Builder Marathon is a must-read. Our editorial team builds, tests, and evaluates PC systems at varying costs, using the components that we think maximize value. These components include motherboards, cooling devices, CPU platforms, chipsets, memory, cases, hard drives, networking and graphics cards and power supplies. For each build, we include performance benchmarks that include 3D games, audio and video compression, graphic design, image manipulation, and video editing. Our testing includes each configuration in its stock form and overclocked. Feel free to build along with us or watch patiently from the sidelines, because, remember—each of these systems are given away at the end of the marathon (don’t forget to enter!).
System Builder Marathon Q1 2014: System Value Compared
Mar 27, 2014 - in Reviews
This quarter's Marathon included a GeForce GTX 780 Ti-enhanced enthusiast PC, a budget gaming machine at a lower price, and a high-end build altered to reader specifications. What effects will all of those changes have on overall performance—and value?
System Builder Marathon, Q1 2014: The $750 Gaming PC
Mar 26, 2014 - in Reviews
After building two successful gaming-oriented configurations under $1000, rising prices force Paul to switch up the composition of his $750 machine. But can a compromise in processor performance be made up for by a faster GeForce GTX 770 graphics card?
System Builder Marathon, Q1 2014: Our New Enthusiast PC
Mar 25, 2014 - in Reviews
I wanted to see how a GeForce GTX 780 Ti and Core i7-4770K compare to last quarter's GeForce GTX 770 cards in SLI and Core i5-4670K. In addition, we updated our price/performance evaluation. So, this System Builder Marathon should be full of surprises!
System Builder Marathon, Q1 2014: The $2400 People’s Choice PC
Mar 24, 2014 - in Reviews
I built a sweet system last quarter with Radeon R9 290s. But based on your feedback, the highest-priced build for Q1 2014 integrates several alternative components. Can this new system do more things right than the configuration I parted out myself?
Element14, Wolfson Announce Sound Card for Raspberry Pi
Mar 11, 2014 - in News
Bringing line-in and line-out headphone support as well as headset support, on-board stereo microphones, and digital audio S/PDIF functionality to Raspberry Pi for the first time.
System Builder Marathon Q4 2013: System Value Compared
Dec 31, 2013 - in Reviews
This quarter's System Builder Marathon was downright chaotic. We reallocated our budgets to boost gaming performance, and watched as the prices on AMD's highest-end cards shot through the roof. When the dust settles, whose system offers the most value?
System Builder Marathon, Q4 2013: A $2400 PC That Costs $2700
Dec 30, 2013 - in Reviews
Thomas also suffers the impact of a run on AMD's graphics cards. His performance-oriented build purchased for $2400 now costs $2700 to replicate. Is it worth the extra cash, or are you better off stepping back to the parts he picked last quarter?
System Builder Marathon, Q4 2013: $1600 Enthusiast PC
Dec 27, 2013 - in Reviews
Don gets a slightly expanded budget and the command to target gaming performance. Based on his choices, he's the only one who doesn't get bit in the rear by AMD's pricing issues. Can he use this advantage to outmaneuver Paul's entry-level powerhouse?
System Builder Marathon, Q4 2013: $800 Gaming PC
Dec 26, 2013 - in Reviews
This quarter, Paul Henningsen asks for (and gets) a higher budget for better gaming performance. What he didn't expect was that AMD's graphics cards would shoot up in price, shattering the upper limit of his $800 ceiling. Can his system still compete?
Didn't Get A Valve Steam Machine Prototype? Build Your Own!
Dec 15, 2013 - in Picture Story
Valve’s ambitious new Linux-based game console will be available from a number of vendors in a variety of configurations...that is, by next year. Unwilling to wait, we're building our own Steam Machine today, plus three more for a trio of lucky readers!
Join Us On Reddit for Our Tom's Hardware AMA!
Dec 13, 2013 - in News
You've got questions, we've got answers, so ask us anything!
Your Top Picks: Tom's Hardware Forums' Q4 2013 BestConfigs
Dec 1, 2013 - in Reviews
Have you ever come up with your own idea for a killer rig? Don't forget to tell us about it on the Tom's Hardware forums. The following ten setups were configured by forum members and chosen as winners in the Q4 2013 BestConfigs Poll.
Lian Li PC-Q30 Case Review: A Mini-ITX Chassis With Flair
Nov 18, 2013 - in Reviews
Lian Li's PC-Q30 is not just a PC case, but an enclosure that serves as a showcase for the living room, including a unique shape and a large front window to show off the technology you cram inside. It’s sure to raise eyebrows and start some conversations.
Tom's Hardware BestConfigs Fall 2013 Polling is Up!
Nov 7, 2013 - in News
Vote for the best config in our Tom's Hardware BestConfigs!
MacBook Pro 13-inch and 15-inch Teardown by iFixit
Oct 26, 2013 - in News
The guys at iFixit have torn down Apple's latest notebooks and discovered that they're harder than ever to repair.
ASRock M8 Mini-ITX Barebones Gaming PC Review
Oct 24, 2013 - in Reviews
Some of us love compact gaming builds, but the best of these have always been pre-configured into custom enclosures. Is ASRock’s M8 the perfect open-architecture alternative? We load this $550 barebones up with hardware and test its mettle.
System Builder Marathon, Q3 2013: $350 Bonus Entry-Level PC
Sep 26, 2013 - in Reviews
Last quarter's bonus build was a $400 mini-ITX-based gaming rig, designed to be about the same size as a new console. This time around, we're slashing the budget even more to see if we can build a viable general-purpose PC for about $350 using an APU.
System Builder Marathon: Performance And Value Compared
Sep 25, 2013 - in Reviews
Can a PC that costs twice as much offer two times the performance? We compare our $650, $1300, and $2600 machines across the Tom's Hardware benchmark suite in order to find out. There's even a new test introduced to better-reflect our storage results.
System Builder Marathon, Q3 2013: $2550 Performance PC
Sep 24, 2013 - in Reviews
Last quarter, we managed to squeeze amazing performance from a $2500 box based on mini-ITX. How much more performance can we get for similar money if we get back to the world of ATX enclosures? How about a little Sandy Bridge-E and three-way SLI?
System Builder Marathon, Q3 2013: $1300 Enthusiast PC
Sep 23, 2013 - in Reviews
With access to new components like the Haswell-based Core i5-4670K and Nvidia's GeForce GTX 770, we're confident that we can build a $1300 enthusiast-class system that beats last quarter's. How does the previous mini-ITX PC stand up to this new hardware?
System Builder Marathon, Q3 2013: $650 Gaming PC
Sep 22, 2013 - in Reviews
This quarter, Paul Henningsen gives AMD's FX-6300 its chance to shine in our least-expensive configuration. He manages to fit in a GeForce GTX 760 graphics card and 8 GB of memory. The result is quite capable, as you'll see from our benchmark results.
Tom's Hardware Ask Me Anything - Thermaltake
Aug 21, 2013 - in News
On Wednesday, August 21st, we’ll be hosting the next in a series of Tom’s Hardware Ask Me Anythings, and our guests will be official representatives from Thermaltake!
BestConfigs 2013 Are Now Open: Submit Your Build Now!
Aug 6, 2013 - in News
Build your own PC and submit it to see if it'll be a Tom's Hardware community BestConfigs.
System Builder Marathon, Q2 2013: The $400 Spirit Of Mini-ITX
Jun 26, 2013 - in Reviews
Not satisfied with the size of the mini-ITX-based boxes our team just built, Paul returns with a purpose: construct the smallest possible PC still capable of gaming at 1920x1080. With $400 in-hand, he set off to show us the real spirit of mini-ITX.
System Builder Marathon, Q2 2013: System Value Compared
Jun 25, 2013 - in Reviews
Our top three builders struggled to fit big performance into three tiny ITX-based platforms at three budget levels. Will the more expensive machines once again justify their higher prices through dramatically-improved performance? Read on for more.
System Builder Marathon, Q2 2013: $2500 Performance PC
Jun 23, 2013 - in Reviews
Can a bigger budget help this quarter's tiny PC beat my previous performance monster? Is it any more attractive than some of the mini-ITX-based platforms from the boutique builders? I'll answer that first question for you, and you answer the second.
System Builder Marathon, Q2 2013: $1300 Enthusiast PC
Jun 18, 2013 - in Reviews
Our mid-range System Builder Marathon configuration gets a larger budget so that we can fit it into a mini-ITX enclosure. How does it compare with last quarter's less-expensive machine? We run our complete benchmark suite to find out.
System Builder Marathon, Q2 2013: $650 Gaming PC
Jun 16, 2013 - in Reviews
This quarter, we're upping our budgets a bit in a quest to bring you a mini-ITX-themed System Builder Marathon. Paul Henningsen takes the first crack at a compact gaming box with $650 in his pocket and the ambitious goal of smooth 1920x1080 performance.
Akasa Reveals Venom IV CPU Heatsink
Jun 8, 2013 - in News
Akasa is demonstrating a new CPU cooler at Computex 2013.
Antec Demos Kühler H2O 1250 and Kühler H2O 650
Jun 7, 2013 - in News
Antec has revealed two new innovative water coolers at Computex.