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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!).
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...
Bulldozer is a very aggressive name.
Yet another Nvidia GPU creeps out.
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...
A couple of months ago, we built a 3D dual-projector system, just like in movie theaters. Now, we're comparing it to Nvidia's 3D Vision projector-based setup to see which option offers the best consumer-level...
This is what happens when you have TOO much power.
At Tom's Hardware, we get a lot of CPUs, but we don't have nearly as many CPUs as this guy.
What better way to complete a monster hardware configuration than with an awesome, well-ventilated chassis.
The latest version of the Aquarium PC allows for EATX motherboards and ten gallons of oily fun.
This could be the end of the line...
Jane shows us what you get for $40 over the regular edition of StarCraft II.
Fresh new drivers to make your GPU happy.
Another Fermi readying up?
Sharkoon released the latest fan in its Silent Eagle "golf ball" series.
Check out the latest prices.
More AMD goodness headed your way this year.
Now you have a new choice for Gulftown.
The new drivers that came out with GTX 460 support make the entire Fermi family faster.
Celeron to get a technology refresh to 32nm later this year.
The rather low system requirements means that nearly everyone with a modern computer should be able to play Starcraft 2.
Sandy Bridge getting prepped late in 2010.
Do you have what it takes to be a made man?
Long live the Celeron!
Those Celerons aren't going to be kept up in the technology line up.
Never break your precious graphics cards again.
Congrats to the winners. Stay tuned for more!