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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!).

news - OCTOBER 10 5

Foxconn has announced its second board in its ‘Green Series’ line up. Based on Intel’s G45 chipset, the G45MG is said to offer many new power management capabilities to reduce overall power consumption...

news - OCTOBER 8 9

Just in case the whir of fans and the occasional tick-tick of a hard drive doesn’t provide enough clues that that yes, your PC really is powered on, Lexar Media is now offering its LED-laden Crucial Ballistix...

reviews - OCTOBER 3 46

We compared Intel’s Atom 230 and VIA’s Nano L2100 processors hoping to find the best product for low-power applications. VIA is in the vanguard of performance. Is this enough to beat Atom?

reviews - OCTOBER 2 102

Since its release, the Killer NIC has garnered a reputation for being an extravagant and largely unnecessary add-on for the do-it-yourselfer. Seeking additional insight, we approached the card's designer.

news - OCTOBER 2 13

Considered a water-cooled gaming rig, but haven’t had the nerve to mix electronics and liquids? Visionman Computers has just announced a new gaming PC that features a water-cooled dual-core CPU that sells for...

news - SEPTEMBER 30 18

Microsoft is being targeted by a startup company going by the name ‘’ in an apparent claim that Microsoft is violating a company trademark.

reviews - SEPTEMBER 25 23

What do you do with all the data you collect at home? Network attached storage is the solution. We test Maxtor's Shared Storage II and find that it is also suitable for use in small businesses.

reviews - SEPTEMBER 22 78

The EFiX makes it possible to install Leopard, unhacked, on a PC. We find out how from the masterminds themselves.

news - SEPTEMBER 19 13

With all the raging and ranting about piracy going around these days – developers getting miffed about losing profits to piracy and people voiding warranties just so they don’t have to pay for games.

news - SEPTEMBER 16 8

Back in June, a European company called EFiX announced its EFi-X USB dongle for desktop PCs. The dongle promised the ability to not only install legitimate copies of OS X on any PC, but to utilize the Software...

news - SEPTEMBER 5 3

Want to automate things in your home like fans and lights using your PC? Two widely backed specifications are quietly battling for supremacy in the wireless home-control market: Z-Wave, a proprietary technology...

news - SEPTEMBER 4 24

Modding your computer to look cooler is one thing, and overclocking it your processor and memory is pretty cool too. But someone has managed to stuff a fully operational desktop PC into Nintendo’s minuscule...

news - AUGUST 29 27

Vista hands Windows Genuine Advantage features down to XP Professional

news - AUGUST 29 9

San Jose (CA) – While many of the case mods we saw at the NVISION conference and LAN party were extraordinary, the “DayWalker” Blade-themed case - or more accurately towering, human-sized, case –...

news - AUGUST 28 8

San Jose (CA) - Pick your part, any part with OCZ's do-it-yourself gaming notebook.

news - AUGUST 25 4

It isn't often you see bondage terms used for computer gaming peripherals, but the new OCZ Dominatrix Laser Gaming Mouse might just be worthy enough to tie you up.

news - AUGUST 22 10

Shuttle has provided Tom’s Hardware with a sneak peak at their stylish new solution to the bulky, comparatively power-hungry basic office or multimedia desktop.

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Logitech continues its line of solid keyboard offerings today with the unveiling of the Cordless Desktop Wave Pro

news - AUGUST 20 1

VIA Technologies announced the Epia N700 Nano-ITX board, designed as a complete solution for compact industrial PC and embedded automation devices.

reviews - AUGUST 19 92

AMD and Intel are both pushing their quad-core offerings as the key to better system performance, but do you really need to spend the money on four cores when two will do?

reviews - AUGUST 7 10

When pushed to extreme limits, overclocking can become a sport in its own right, and the team that set the world overclocking record last February is particularly adept at it. We went along with them to the...

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Let's settle the myth about Macs being more expensive.

reviews - JULY 28 242

Macs have come a very long way and can pretty much do everything a Windows PC can Apple says. So why do I still have a PC right beside me?

reviews - JULY 25 69

Dip below the conventional mainstream market and you'll find highly integrated platforms priced at about $80 dollars. We take a look at a Celeron-powered Intel board to see what sort of performance is available...

news - JULY 22 13

But where are they really?

reviews - JULY 8 25

Wrapping up our system builder marathon, let’s analyze the price vs. performance of our sub-$1,000, sub-$2,000, and sub-$4,000 PCs.