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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 Q2 2014: System Value Compared
Jun 27, 2014 - in Reviews
The race tightens as all three builders try to squeeze the ultimate performance out of smaller budgets and the addition of an OS. Can the cheap gamer still game? Will one of the better-equipped systems finally top a comparison of performance to price?
How To Build A PC: From Component Selection To Installation
Jun 23, 2014 - in Reviews
Learn how to choose the right components for your first build, where to buy them, and the installation basics necessary to build a PC.
Build A Balanced AMD-Based Gaming PC On A Budget
May 29, 2014 - in Reviews
We’re revisiting an age-old question with a modern twist: can you build a balanced gaming PC with a sub-$100 CPU and not be limited by graphics performance? When you pick the right parts, a capable machine is easily within reach for very little money.
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!
Silent, But Deadly: Build Your Own Gaming-Ready 0 dB PC
Mar 31, 2013 - in Reviews
For many folks, the most beautiful sound that a PC can make is no sound at all. How close can Tom's Hardware get to a zero-decibel configuration and still lend up with a compact, functional machine capable of mainstream gaming, without breaking the bank?
System Builder Marathon, Q1 2013: $1,600 Alternative PC
Mar 6, 2013 - in Reviews
Informed buyers are always looking for more information, and we were fortunate enough to plan for some of those requests. Today’s build adds quietness, storage capacity, and extra gaming finesse to the parts found in our “high-end-on-a budget” PC.
System Builder Marathon, Q1 2013: System Value Compared
Feb 28, 2013 - in Reviews
We've long claimed that the sweet spot for value was somewhere around $800. So, we narrowed this quarter's System Builder Marathon from $600 to $1,000. Which one of our three configurations gives us the most performance for our budget?
Build Your Own: The Customizable, Illuminated Dream Machine
Jan 31, 2013 - in Reviews
We set out to build a PC with completely customizable LED lighting. And when we say the PC, we mean the whole thing. The mouse, keyboard, gamepad, enclosure, memory, fan controller, and even power supply are loaded with configurable color controls.
System Builder Marathon, Q4 2012: $2,000 Performance PC
Dec 5, 2012 - in Reviews
Last quarter, our highest-end build put an emphasis on host processing. This time around, we're setting our sights on gaming performance. That's not to say any part of this $2000 build suffers. It sports Radeon HD 7970s in CrossFire and a Core i7-3770K.