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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!).
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.
Corsair Launches Vengeance Pro Series Memory
Jun 5, 2013 - in News
The Corsair Vengeance Pro Series of high-performance DDR3 memory is designed for PC overclockers and enthusiasts, and it is offered with a choice of four color accents.
Corsair Obsidian 350D Micro ATX Case Pictured
Apr 16, 2013 - in News
Corsair's upcoming Obsidian 350D micro-ATX case has been spotted.
Corsair's Neutron GTX SSDs Feature 19 nm NAND and LAMD Controllers
Apr 8, 2013 - in News
The Neutron GTX V2 solid state drive features Toshiba's 19 nm chips and LAMD LM87800 controllers.
Corsair Intros 3000MHz Vengeance Extreme DDR3 Kit
Mar 18, 2013 - in News
Corsair has introduced a limited edition memory kit rated at 3000 MHz.
Your Top Picks: Tom's Hardware Forums' Q1 2013 BestConfigs
Mar 10, 2013 - in Reviews
So you like our System Builder Marathon? 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 in Q1 2013 BestConfigs Poll.
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.
Corsair Goes 140mm: H90 and H110 Liquid Coolers Released
Jan 18, 2013 - in News
Corsair's new Hydro Series H90 and H110 liquid coolers are supposed to give better cooling capabilities and are designed for more quiet operation.
System Builder Marathon, Q4 2012: System Value Compared
Dec 6, 2012 - in Reviews
This quarter is full of surprises, from a value-oriented $500 build that includes a Radeon HD 7850 to a $1,000 machine based on AMD's FX-8350 and a $2,000 box armed with a pair of Radeon HD 7970s. We mix it up by adding new benchmarks. It's anyone's game!
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.
System Builder Marathon, Q4 2012: $1,000 Enthusiast PC
Dec 4, 2012 - in Reviews
Tired of seeing Intel CPUs dominate our System Builder Marathon? Finally, we have a processor from AMD able to go up against the fastest Core i5. We give its new FX-8350 a chance to distinguish itself in our final System Builder Marathon of 2012.
System Builder Marathon, August 2012: System Value Compared
Aug 22, 2012 - in Reviews
Paul, Don, and Thomas each took a stab at building the best value-oriented performance machine within their budget limits (some more successfully than others). Which of these machines will stand out for delivering the most bang for your enthusiast buck?
System Builder Marathon, August 2012: $1000 Enthusiast PC
Aug 20, 2012 - in Reviews
This quarter, we construct our most powerful $1000 enthusiast build ever, complete with a Core i5-3570K, GeForce GTX 670, and solid-state storage. Can it beat the value of Paul's $500 machine or come close to the performance of Thomas' $2000 system?
Corsair Acquires Raptor Gaming
Aug 16, 2012 - in News
Corsair acquired certain assets of Raptor Gaming, a maker of high-performance PC gaming peripherals.
Corsair adds a Windowed Version to its 300R Case
Jul 15, 2012 - in News
Corsair has updated its Carbide Series PC Gaming cases with a new Windowed Version of its popular 300R.
Corsair Announces New AX1200i Digital ATX Power Supply
Jun 9, 2012 - in News
Corsair has taken the AX1200 PSU to the next level with its introduction of the AX1200i Digital ATX PSU at Computex 2012.
Corsair Announces New Dominator Platinum DDR3 Memory
Jun 7, 2012 - in News
During Computex 2012, Corsair has announce the availability of its new addition to the Dominator line-up, the Dominator Platinum.
System Builder Marathon, June 2012: System Value Compared
Jun 7, 2012 - in Reviews
Frugality returned in this quarter's System Builder Marathon, tipping the balance towards less-elaborate gaming rigs. Does cutting deep into the budgets end up hurting our lower-cost build too much for it to compete, or is its value enhanced instead?
System Builder Marathon, June 2012: $1000 Enthusiast PC
Jun 5, 2012 - in Reviews
With a $250-smaller budget this quarter, Don re-creates the previous build as faithfully as possible just to see how much of a difference two memory channels make. With no room left for an SSD or extra RAM, we think you'll be surprised by the results.
Corsair Adds ''Air Series'' Cooling Fans to Product Line
May 7, 2012 - in News
Corsair has announced the release of its Air Series cooling fans: models AF120, AF140 and SP140.
Corsair Adds Headset, PC Case to Vengeance Gaming Line
Apr 6, 2012 - in News
Just in time for PAX East Gaming Event, Corsair announces two new additions to the Vengeance gaming line, the Vengeance 2000 Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset and Vengeance C70 PC Gaming Case.
System Builder Marathon Bonus: Newegg Customer Choice PC
Mar 29, 2012 - in Reviews
We've shown you our three System Builder Marathon picks. Now it's time for something new. Using Newegg's user ratings as a guide, we picked the site's most celebrated components, built a PC, and overclocked it. Can this "Customer Choice" setup compete?
System Builder Marathon, March 2012: System Value Compared
Mar 28, 2012 - in Reviews
Three different builders took two different approaches this quarter. Paul and Don struck out in search of more graphics performance, while Thomas gave up some GPU horsepower in favor of a stronger CPU. Whose strategy paid off? It's time to compare!
System Builder Marathon, March 2012: $1250 Enthusiast PC
Mar 26, 2012 - in Reviews
Using the same sort of approach as Paul did yesterday, Don picks the parts for his System Builder Marathon machine with a bias toward gaming. How much performance can you expect from a mid-range PC sporting a $550 Radeon HD 7970? It's time to find out!
Corsair Offers Individual-Sleeved PSU Modular Cable Kits
Jan 31, 2012 - in News
Corsair quietly released its new individually sleeved modular cables for select Corsair PSU via a Facebook posting.
System Builder Marathon, Dec. 2011: $1200 Enthusiast PC
Dec 19, 2011 - in Reviews
We mix things up with a $1200 budget, a brutally powerful Radeon HD 6950 CrossFire combo, and AMD's new FX processor in the final mid-range System Builder Marathon PC of 2011. The results are predictable in some ways, but surprising in others.
System Builder Marathon, Dec. 2011: $2400 Performance PC
Dec 18, 2011 - in Reviews
Lessons learned over the past two quarters have helped us build one of our fastest PCs yet. But is it really worth the extra $400 over the previous high-end System Builder Marathon PC? The benchmarks will answer that question.
Power Supply 101: A Reference Of Specifications
Dec 13, 2011 - in Reviews
Today's article contains everything you've ever wanted to know about PC power supply specifications. Form factor dimensions, cable end pinouts, voltage/amp/watt specifications, and even compatibility issues are covered in this comprehensive reference!
Corsair to Release New 4GB and 8GB Vengeance SODIMMs
Dec 6, 2011 - in News
Corsair is set to release its Vengeance high-performance memory for notebooks and laptops.
Corsair Announces Full Line of Quad Channel DRAM Kits
Nov 16, 2011 - in News
Corsair has announced a full line of quad-channel memory kits designed for the LGA 2011 socket to go along with its original 32GB set announced in October.