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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!).
See here for a not-yet-grown-up version of the GeForce GTX 480 Fermi stripped naked.
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We loosened the leash on our budgets a little this month in order to pack all of your most requested features into a system that's accessible to more than just affluent enthusiasts. Will this build be complete...
Welcome to this month's BestConfigs update, where you can find recommended parts for office PCs, gaming rigs, a workstation, or a home theater setup. If you're so inclined, feel free to chip in with suggestions...
That thing got a Hemi?
I want to say one word to you. Just one word. Are you listening? "Plastics."
Iron Man and Robert Downey Jr in the same movie -- it was a good year, 2008. However, the new trailer for IM2 has us wondering, "will 2010 and Iron Man 2 be even better?"
It's a classic controller for your gaming PC.
Hackers have already found a way around Ubisoft's Internet DRM that's used on Silent Hunter 5 and Assassin's Creed II.
A modder hacked a Kodak camera to make a portable gaming device.
This built-from-scratch PC resembles the Pyramid starship in Stargate.
We've measured 100W+ at idle from desktop PCs running the first crop of dual-core CPUs. The latest 32nm Clarkdale-based platforms let you build powerful desktops that idle as low as 25W. Today we're looking at...
Nvidia's put its name on a DIY kit for those looking to build a modest PC.
Aren't chemical elements fantastic teaching tools?
Some of you are going to hate this.
Still not as fast as a human can do it.
BioShock 2 PC gamers will have to kick it old school.
A TDK chart paves the road to 3 TB hard drives by November.
SilverStone's HDDBOOST combines the best of both worlds: HDD and SSD.
3DMark Vantage reveals that card's core and shader clock speeds.
We love non-traditional case mods, and I'm personally a huge God of War fan. This latest case mod is those two worlds collided.
Our special holiday buying season deal collections in partnership with LogicBuy is coming to a close. We hope that you've enjoyed all the special hand-picked deals that we've found for you. So, tell us, what...
It's all in the glide.
Say hello to an extra big helping of deals on the stuff you care about to help you make it through the weekend.