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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, 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: $500 Gaming PC
Jun 6, 2012 - in Reviews
After stripping $150 from his already frugal budget, Paul is forced to make a tough gamble in order to hit his build goals. Will the decision to spend big on graphics bite him in the rear when he has to cut back on everything else, or is the choice sound?
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.
System Builder Marathon, June 2012: $2000 Performance PC
Jun 3, 2012 - in Reviews
After a little inflation over the past few quarters, we chop $600 off of the most recent build. Is there such a thing as more performance from a smaller budget? Thanks to Intel's Ivy Bridge architecture and GeForce GTX 680, the answer is: sometimes.
Unreleased Mobile Ivy Bridge CPUs Spotted
May 29, 2012 - in News
Two new mobile Ivy Bridge CPUs have surfaced in charts.
Thunderbolt Will Become Key Motherboard Spec in 2H 2012
May 25, 2012 - in News
Insiders predict the obvious: Thunderbolt will be a key competitive spec for motherboard manufacturers in 2H 2012.
Intel To Support Cheap Ultrabooks With Low-Cost Celerons
May 20, 2012 - in News
Intel may be reacting to criticism that its processors are simply too expensive to support the lower price tags of Ultrabooks.
Intel Phases Out Remaining Nehalem Processors
May 14, 2012 - in News
Intel notified its partners that it will soon discontinue the i7-740QM and i7-840QM processors.
Intel Phases Out Atom D2700 CPU
May 2, 2012 - in News
Intel notified its customers that it has begun phasing out its current flagship Atom processor, the D2700 with Cedarview core.
Intel's Ivy Bridge Hotter Than Sandy Bridge When Overclocked
May 2, 2012 - in News
Intel's 22 nano-meter die shrink can be seen as a huge achievement for the company, but that doesn't mean it is without faults.
Intel's Next Unit of Computing Rivals Raspberry Pi in Size
May 1, 2012 - in News
Set for release later this year, this little computer measures just 4x4 inches.
Financial Analysts Say Intel Killed the Discrete Graphics Card
May 1, 2012 - in News
Intel has most certainly created some tension between integrated graphics, good-enough-graphics and discrete graphics cards with the introduction of Ivy Bridge.
Intel Wants 100 Thunderbolt Devices by Year's End
Apr 25, 2012 - in News
Intel is pushing for around 100 Thunderbolt peripherals by the end of the year as the tech begins to debut on Windows-based PCs.
Rumored Ivy Bridge Production Woes, Intel Denies Shortages
Apr 23, 2012 - in News
Today's Intel Ivy Bridge launch has been accompanied by rumors that production issues may be responsible for a very limited supply of processors initially.
Intel Retires Six Low-End Processors
Apr 18, 2012 - in News
Out with the old.
Ivy Bridge CPU Torndown, Photographed, Tri-Gates Revealed
Apr 16, 2012 - in News
Media and Consulting firm UBM TechInsights says it was able to obtain a sample of Intel's 22 nm Ivy Bridge processor ahead of the CPU's official launch.
Intel Accelerates Launch of Ivy Bridge by Almost 1 Week
Apr 15, 2012 - in News
Originally rumored to delay the launch of Ivy Bridge processors, Intel is now believed to have readjusted its schedule and introduce the chips a little earlier.
Intel P67 Express Chipset Begins Product Discontinuance Cycle
Apr 10, 2012 - in News
On April 2nd, Intel quietly announced its P67 Express chipset has been discontinued just ahead of Ivy Bridge's release.
ARM Likes That Intel is Getting into Smartphone CPU Business
Apr 9, 2012 - in News
ARM is slowly but surely transitioning from a company that once few knew about into a player that is getting the attention of Intel.
More Leaked Benchmarks from Intel's Ivy Bridge
Apr 2, 2012 - in News
Ivy Bridge sets Super Pi 1M record @ 5.187 seconds (unofficially).
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: $2600 Performance PC
Mar 27, 2012 - in Reviews
At four times the budget of our cheapest PC, today's build minimizes compromise in the name of delivering unparalleled quality, performance, and features. Thomas takes the opposite approach as Paul and Don, beefing up on his CPU. Was it the right call?
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!
System Builder Marathon, March 2012: $650 Gaming PC
Mar 25, 2012 - in Reviews
This quarter, we're starting our System Builder Marathon with a little experiment. Paul wanted to build a gaming PC for $650 that'd target smooth performance at 1920x1080. He had to make a couple of sacrifices in the process, but the result is compelling!
Intel Presentation Confirms Ivy Bridge Specifications
Mar 2, 2012 - in News
Intel's Spring 2012 Processor Flipbook presentation confirms Ivy Bridge's processor specifications.
Intel Confirms Slight Delay in Ivy Bridge Core CPU Launch
Feb 27, 2012 - in News
Intel's Ivy Bridge has apparently been delayed until June.
Intel's Ivy Bridge CPU Die Layout Estimated
Feb 27, 2012 - in News
With Ivy Bridge a little over a month away, Hiroshige Goto, contributor for PC Watch, has estimated the layout of Ivy Bridge silicon.
Intel Reveals More Details of Ivy Bridge Variants at ISSCC
Feb 21, 2012 - in News
Intel has revealed further details about its 22nm Ivy Bridge platform at the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference, which currently takes place in San Francisco.
Intel's Ivy Bridge Core i3 Details Leaked
Feb 16, 2012 - in News
With Ivy Bridge set to launch in just a few months' time (April), we are now learning a little more about the specifications for the upcoming Core i3 processors.