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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, Sept. 2011: $2000 Performance PC
Sep 19, 2011 - in Reviews
Falling memory prices make it easier to spend our $2000 budget on the fastest available components. How much faster is a pair of GeForce GTX 580s than two Radeon HD 6970 cards? Noticeably. But is the value any more compelling? You're about to find out.
Intel Reveals More on Haswell 22 nm CPU Coming 2013
Sep 19, 2011 - in News
Intel's Haswell to enable real all-day computing.
Intel Reveals 16 New Sandy Bridge CPUs & Price Cuts
Sep 5, 2011 - in News
Over the holiday weekend, Intel released 16 new "Sandy Bridge" processors (11 desktop and five mobile), along with price cuts to existing "Sandy Bridge" chips.
A Pentium III Autopsy Using an Electron Microscope
Aug 30, 2011 - in News
A 250 nm Pentium III processor may not be the most interesting piece of hardware anymore, at least if you depend on running such an antique in your computer.
Intel Discloses New Itanium Poulson Features
Aug 24, 2011 - in News
Intel is providing new information about Poulson, its next Itanium processor by the slice.
Is There Still Hope Left in the Future of the PC?
Jul 25, 2011 - in News
AMD, Intel and Microsoft have all presented quarter reports that were well above analyst expectations. Despite the depressed mood in the economy, there are tremendous growth and record profits. Yet, as so often, the devil is in the detail.
System Builder Marathon, June 2011: Alternative $2000 PC
Jun 26, 2011 - in Reviews
You spoke up in the first story from this quarter's System Builder Marathon, and we listened. Today we compare that first $2000 build to an alternative system based upon a flood of your recommendations. Call it the people's choice, if you will.
System Builder Marathon, June 2011: Value Compared
Jun 23, 2011 - in Reviews
With so little happening in the hardware world since the beginning of this year, our second-quarter System Builder Marathon sees only minor hardware changes. But each builder unquestionably comes closer to dialing in ideal setups at each price point.
System Builder Marathon, June 2011: $500 Gaming PC
Jun 22, 2011 - in Reviews
This quarter's $500 PC is sure to be a little controversial. We've built plenty of AMD-powered budget boxes in the past, but now we're testing the mettle of Intel's (multiplier-locked) Core i3-2100 in a gaming system priced right around $500.
System Builder Marathon, June 2011: $1000 Enthusiast PC
Jun 21, 2011 - in Reviews
This quarter, we're keeping the Core i5-2500K processor from our previous build, but we're adding a pair of Radeon HD 6850s in CrossFire. How will those two boards stand up against the modified Radeon HD 6950 we used last time? The answer is within!
System Builder Marathon, June 2011: $2000 Performance PC
Jun 20, 2011 - in Reviews
The launch of Intel's Z68 Express platform affects our build in a way we aren't benchmarking. But can we still put together a better configuration than last quarter's stunner? Will we achieve even better high-end value? The answer is a resounding yes.
Intel Ivy Bridge Systems Now Slated for 1H 2012
May 31, 2011 - in News
Tri-gate to hit the big time a year from now.
Intel Ivy Bridge Getting USB 3.0, Thunderbolt
Apr 15, 2011 - in News
No additional chips needed... next year.
Intel Leaked Roadmap for Sandy Bridge E-series
Apr 14, 2011 - in News
E-series to be the new X?
Intel's Panther Point to Bring USB 3.0 Support
Apr 13, 2011 - in News
Get your blue USB plugs ready.
System Builder Marathon, March 2011: $2000 Bonus Build
Mar 29, 2011 - in Reviews
We used our second chance opportunity to hand-pick a $2000 PC with even more graphics power, at a lower cost. Getting more powerful GPUs means compromising elsewhere to maintain the same budget, though. Will that decision affect this config's value?
The Winners of the $1000+ Core i7 CPU Giveaway
Mar 29, 2011 - in News
System Builder Marathon, March 2011: Value Compared
Mar 28, 2011 - in Reviews
Day 4 of our System Builder Marathon compares performance achieved to money spent. With outright speed the top priority, can either of our high-end systems beat the low-cost build when it comes to value? Or will the middle machine strike the best balance?
System Builder Marathon, March 2011: $1000 Enthusiast PC
Mar 23, 2011 - in Reviews
We give Sandy Bridge yet another shot in our second System Builder Marathon configuration of the month, leaning on Intel's Core i5-2500K. How well does it fare against the Lynnfield-based Core i5-700-series processor it’s replacing?
System Builder Marathon, March 2011: $2000 Performance PC
Mar 21, 2011 - in Reviews
Nick-of-time availability on revision B3-based P67 motherboards makes it possible for us to explore Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture in the fastest configuration competing in this quarter's System Builder Marathon. Is the result an overwhelming victory?
Half Of All Notebooks To Use gCPUs This Year
Mar 18, 2011 - in News
The introduction of Intel's Sandy Bridge and AMD's Fusion processor will dramatically increase the penetration of graphics-enabled CPUs (gCPUs), market research firm IHS iSuppli said today.
AMD Compares Llano and Sandy Bridge in Video
Mar 3, 2011 - in News
AMD hopes to inform and sway with this video.
This NES HTPC Mod is Awesome
Mar 2, 2011 - in News
A Finnish enthusiast going only by Ana-5000 recently decided to try his hand at modding and figured a NES HTPC would be the perfect project for a person with a limited amount of workspace and few tools.
Want to Win a $1000 CPU? You Must Enter Here!
Mar 2, 2011 - in News
Gotta love anything called Extreme Edition.
ISSCC: Organic Processor Demonstrated
Feb 25, 2011 - in News
Researcher at Imec demonstrated a microprocessors that has been built using thin-film transistors (TFT) and printed on a 25 μm thin sheet of dual-gate Pentacen plastic foil.
Intel Launches Light Peak Tech as ''Thunderbolt''
Feb 24, 2011 - in News
It's got the logo fit for a superhero.
Intel Says It Will Keep MeeGo Alive
Feb 15, 2011 - in News
MeeGo isn't dead yet, at least if Intel has its way.
Intel Lifts i7 to 3.46 GHz, Xeon 5000 to 3.60 GHz
Feb 15, 2011 - in News
Intel quietly introduced a few new processors and reduced the price of some other CPUs, including the top range of its desktop mainstream products.
MeeGo Drops Netbooks
Feb 10, 2011 - in News
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop may have questioned the future of MeeGo in his burning platform memo and covered the OS at least with uncertainty.
Online Retailer 'Deactivates' Sandy Bridge CPUs
Feb 1, 2011 - in News
Perfectly good CPUs get pulled, but for a pretty logical reason.