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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!).
Intel to Share Next-Gen Poulson CPU Details
Jan 26, 2011 - in News
Intel announced that it will be releasing some details about its next-generation Itanium processor, code-named Poulson, at the upcoming International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC).
Intel Talks Hourglass Syndrome ''Computer Rage''
Jan 2, 2011 - in News
Have you ever become violent over a slow computer?
System Builder Marathon, December 2010: Value, Compared
Dec 19, 2010 - in Reviews
New benchmarks, new test methods, and new hardware mark exciting updates to this month’s System Builder Marathon. Today, we cover the most exciting part of all: the value competition. Remember, we're giving all three systems away, so enter to win them!
System Builder Marathon, December 2010: $1000 PC
Dec 13, 2010 - in Reviews
Although we were afraid of the results, this time around we decided to try something new, forgoing the Core i5 in favor of a dual-core Core i3 CPU in our build. Can the higher clock rate compensate for the loss of two physical cores in our $1000 system?
System Builder Marathon, December 2010: $2000 PC
Dec 12, 2010 - in Reviews
With all of your feedback from last quarter's System Builder Marathon under our belts, this time around, we attempt to fit a no-sacrifice, luxury and performance build into our moderately-high $2000 budget. Will this new build succeed on all fronts?
Lenovo's $10,000 Laptop That You Can't Have
Nov 20, 2010 - in News
Intel Confirms Sandy Bridge for January '11
Nov 17, 2010 - in News
Oh, it's been a long time coming.
Intel Unveils 120GB SSD: The X25-M Sweet Spot
Nov 16, 2010 - in News
120GB of Intel SSD goodness for under $250.
Intel's Chief River Will Begin Support for USB 3.0
Nov 4, 2010 - in News
After Huron River will come Chief River with USB 3.0 support... finally!
Intel X25-M G3 SSD in the Wild, Gets Benched
Nov 1, 2010 - in News
Say hello to a 25nm SSD.
In Pictures: 19 Ways To Recycle Old, Unused Hardware
Oct 16, 2010 - in Picture Story
If you're anything like us, you have boatloads of old components sitting around collecting dust. We tracked down 19 different examples of folks who got creative with their technology and built coffee tables, new kicks, and hamster cages.
Intel Promises Big Performance With Sandy Bridge
Oct 14, 2010 - in News
The next big "leap ahead" for Intel.
A Nintendo 64 Modded Into An HTPC
Oct 11, 2010 - in News
A modder crammed an HTPC into a Nintendo 64 chassis.
Details on Intel's Third-Gen SSD 25nm Refresh
Oct 8, 2010 - in News
Intel to battle the SandForce.
System Builder Marathon: TH's $2000 Hand-Picked Build
Sep 30, 2010 - in Reviews
Each quarter, our System Builder Marathons include parts picked by three Tom's Hardware editors aided by comments from our readers. This quarter, we're adding an Editor's Choice PC with parts hand-picked by Thomas to go up against the top SBM config.
Intel Postpones 25nm SSDs to February 2011
Sep 28, 2010 - in News
On the bright side, there will be a new G2 coming soon.
System Builder Marathon, Sept. 2010: $1000 Enthusiast PC
Sep 7, 2010 - in Reviews
In this quarter's System Builder Marathon, we balance out our CPU and graphics subsystems, rather than piling on the GPU performance like last time. The results are shocking, to be quite honest. Check out the performance of our $1000 enthusiast system.
Time To Upgrade, Part 2: Picking The Parts To Replace
Aug 31, 2010 - in Reviews
After looking at whether or not it makes sense to replace a PC built back in 2007 with a more modern machine, we decided to examine three component upgrade options—graphics, storage, and the motherboard/CPU/RAM platform—separately.
Time To Upgrade: Should You Dump Your 2007 PC?
Aug 23, 2010 - in Reviews
Intel agressively promotes its Core i3/i5/i7 series, but we wonder: Does it make sense to replace a three-year old high-end PC? In the end, quad-core processors were already pretty powerful in 2007. We created a brand new system and a 2007 PC to compare.
Intel's Sandy Bridge Info, SSD Roadmap Leaked
Aug 17, 2010 - in News
The next-generation Intel Core...core.
Part 4: Building A Balanced Gaming PC
Aug 11, 2010 - in Reviews
What does it mean to build a truly-balanced PC? How great would it be to piece together a machine bottlenecked by neither CPU or GPU? We set forth to measure the perfect balance in seven different games and four resolutions in this fourth of many parts.
Part 2: 20 Crazy And Unique Case Mods
Aug 6, 2010 - in Picture Story
We're back with another batch of crazy case mods, ranging from what looks like a gas station restroom to a demon from hell. While these aren't exactly fun for the entire family, this list proves that PC cases can be more than just boring old beige boxes.
This Guy Definitely Has More CPUs Than You Do
Jul 30, 2010 - in News
At Tom's Hardware, we get a lot of CPUs, but we don't have nearly as many CPUs as this guy.
Intel to Stunt Overclocking on Sandy Bridge CPUs
Jul 28, 2010 - in News
This could be the end of the line...
Intel Processor Price Cuts for July 2010
Jul 21, 2010 - in News
Check out the latest prices.
Intel Slips Out New 3.2GHz Core i7-970 Gulftown
Jul 20, 2010 - in News
Now you have a new choice for Gulftown.
Intel Will Fully Update Celeron, Pentium to 32nm
Jul 19, 2010 - in News
Celeron to get a technology refresh to 32nm later this year.
Intel's Sandy Bridge Getting Accelerated Ramp Up
Jul 15, 2010 - in News
Sandy Bridge getting prepped late in 2010.
Intel Says That Celeron Will Continue to Live On
Jul 13, 2010 - in News
Long live the Celeron!
Intel May Soon Abandon Celeron Microprocessors
Jul 12, 2010 - in News
Those Celerons aren't going to be kept up in the technology line up.