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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!).

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Nvidia's new set of beta drivers is optimized for the Battlefield 3 beta launching tomorrow.

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Big changes to a few components radically alter the performance profile of every machine in this quarter's competition. We’ve already seen how these changes affect the value of each machine, but how will they...

news - SEPTEMBER 23 39

Lian Li announces the ultra portable PC-TU200 Mini-ITX Chassis for users who require a light, compact and versatile chassis.

news - SEPTEMBER 22 78

PC gaming is dead? Not so fast...

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A few months ago, we built our $500 gaming PC using Intel's Sandy Bridge-based Core i3 processor, and it was a real screamer. This time around we're switching back to an overclockable Phenom II X4 and hoping...

news - SEPTEMBER 21 33

Thermaltake has announced the expansion of its eSports line of professional-grade hardware by bringing out the Overseer RX-I PC Chassis.

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Gigabyte wants to clear the air surrounding its PCIe 3.0 support in its 6 series motherboards.

reviews - SEPTEMBER 21 83

This quarter's $1000 enthusiast-oriented PC gets a new lease on life with a 30 GB solid-state drive and a couple of GeForce GTX 460s. Does that make a difference over the last build and its conventional hard...

news - SEPTEMBER 21 8

The fourth law of robotics: Monetize

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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...

news - SEPTEMBER 19 43

Intel's Haswell to enable real all-day computing.

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Next month corsair is launching a new line of peripherals including gaming keyboards, mice and headsets.

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Security software company Webroot says a BIOS rootkit has been found in the wild.

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news - SEPTEMBER 14 118

AMD is set to launch its next-generation graphic processors this coming fall and it is shaping up to be more than expected with use of XDR2 memory interface.

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Definitely not achieved using air cooling.

news - SEPTEMBER 14 79

With the recent announcement of Intel's Sandy-Bridge-E's pending release date, we get some much welcome word that the FX-Series ("Bulldozer") is coming soon, with the CPUs going up for pre-order.

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Is this an obvious way to improve PSUs?

news - SEPTEMBER 9 27

This might solve the Snookie problem once and for all.

news - SEPTEMBER 8 75

MSI calls out Gigabyte on its claims of having 40 PCIe Gen3 ready motherboards and wants to set the story straight.

news - SEPTEMBER 8 108

AMD has announced the shipments of the x86 “Bulldozer” architecture... unfortunately for the masses, it is the Opteron server based processors and not the Zambezi (FX Series) desktop processors.

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The new Asus E45M1-M PRO micro-ATX motherboard features an AMD E-450 dual-core APU.

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MSI's Dust Removal tech has the GPU fan spinning in the opposite direction for thirty seconds to blow off the accumulated dust.

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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.

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Thermaltake announced a laptop cooling pad designed for gamers in mind, ranging support from 10" to 17" laptops.

news - SEPTEMBER 2 84

AMD FX-Series' final specifications revealed on Gigabyte's AM3+ - AMD 990FX - GA-990FXA-UD7 (rev. 1.0) CPU support list.