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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!).
Ready to take the leap into liquid cooling or phase change cooling, but not quite ready to figure it all out yourself? Thermaltake presents us with its Xpressar RCS100. Graphics Cooling solution to follow.
Consumers looking for elite-level computing branded with a low-end price tag should look no further, as AMD today launched its "dragon" platform technology featuring the new AMD Phenom II X4 processor.
We take an early look at Clickfree's latest tool that will turn any external drive into a backup drive.
A weakened Flash memory market is expected to be hit hard by dropping sales figures and growth rates for consumer devices in 2009. And don’t expect solid-state drives to save the day.
Back in December of 2008 we brought you news of G.Skill releasing its 2,000 MHz triple channel DDR3 kits for Intel's Core i7 platform. At the time, those kits that were rated for CL9 and CL8 respectively.
We’ve built, overclocked, and tested our $625, $1,250, and $2,500 performance machines. How will these three systems compare in overall performance and value?
And the coolest part? You can switch between the seven supported RAID modes with a simple hardware switch. Take that, bulky RAID configuration screens!
We’ve seen how far a moderately priced Core i7 system can take us and now we’re ready to assess the performance advantages of better cooling and a stronger graphics configuration. Will our upgrades be worth...
We see how far $1,250 gets us when building a new Core i7-based system, and how it compares to last month’s similarly priced Core 2 Duo machine.
Unsurprisingly, hardware prices have dropped since our System Builder Marathon last month, which means we have access to more processing power at our same $625 entry-level price point for gamers. Come check out...
Microsoft has given the green light to custom PC manufacturers, allowing them to offer machines with Windows XP
Which version of Windows will help push your SSDs to maximum speeds? Nothing you’d be able to find in the stores right now!
In need of some memory for your newly planned system build? Be it air or liquid cooled, OCZ delivers its new line of Flex EX Performance memory – claiming the world’s fastest Air or Liquid cooled DDR2 4GB...
Corsair launches its new 850-watt TX power supply
XFX has announced its new X58i Motherboard, featuring 3-way Nvidia SLI and ATI CrossFireX support.
With Intel's Core i7 920 looking like a solid overclocking play, we wanted to find the right full-tower case for our test benches. ABS, Antec, Cooler Master, and Thermaltake battle it out for chassis supremacy.
Several reports emerged this morning indicating that the guys behind the EFiX USB module had jumped into the Mac clones business. We spoke directly with Davide Rutigliano, CEO of Art Studios Entertainment, and...
We have been following the development of the EFiX device from Art Studios Entertainment for some time now. This week, the EFiX module was updated to version 3.4.5 via a major milestone firmware release. The...
Art Studios Entertainment, the company behind the EFiX device that we covered a while back, just launched a competition to design the interface for the EFiX USB device. The company also says that the winner of...
Windows 7 appears to be advancing at a noticeable pace, with the first beta release hitting developer hands in just little over a month.
For times when even micro-ATX motherboards are just too big, Zotac's newly released mini-ITX motherboard could come in handy, featuring Nvidia's Geforce 8200 mGPU and built-in WiFi
This afternoon Microsoft's Mike Nash announced that the company is opening up the Windows Vista SP2 beta to a broader audience.
Welcome to part four of our Holiday Gift Guide coverage. This time around, the Tom's Hardware staff picks its favorite components for your wish list rounding out 2008.
We tightened the budget on this month’s enthusiast-level system while loosening our belt for the low-cost gamer box by a similar percentage. Today we gauge the effect of these changes on performance and value...
On this, the second day of our System Builder Marathon, Don turns down the price tag of his mid-range build looking for a sweet spot just above the $1,000 marker. Let's see what sort of hardware he found for...
German teams edge past U.S. overclockers by just a few clock cycles more.