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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!).
Over the week we build and test low-, mid- and higher-cost systems at standard and overclocked rates. Then we compare them and look at price-performance. Today we compare overclocking capabilities.
In addition to an Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 CPU, Asus Striker II Formula motherboard, and dual Gigabyte GeForce 8800GTX graphics cards, our high-cost system features a Swiftech H20-120 Compact cooler kit. So?
San Diego (CA) - Flying can be murder on your immune system with the all the stress, dry air and sick people around you.
We double the budget of yesterday's low-cost PC and build the best possible unit we can for under $2000.
Over the week we build and test low-, mid- and higher-cost systems at standard and overclocked rates. Then we compare them and look at price-performance. Today, it's our under $1,000 low-end build.
Orlando (FL) - The Universal Studios theme park in Orlando will construct a new roller coaster that will fly a few feet over other park attendees.
Los Angeles (CA) - With all the expensive products we see and review, it's pretty refreshing to play with something that doesn't suck.
When it came to cooling systems, Thermaltake had quite a few interesting thing to show. Air cooling wise, the manufacturer promoted 14 cm fans with two new models: the V14 Pro and the BigTyp 14 (the latter had...
Security firm Message Labs today said that there is a lot more spam from Gmail accounts coming your way - which is a result of hackers having cracked Google's CAPTCHA identity verification tool.
Sydney (Australia) - If you have co-founded a company and spent a better part of your life in it, does that mean you need to adore every product that came out of the company?
In a bid to win hearts, minds and pockets of FB-DIMM users such as Intel V8, Skulltrail or Mac Pro users, Super Talent launched new FB-DIMM modules working at DDR2-800 speeds.
Researchers from Princeton University are describing a new and apparently very effective security attack that will allow hackers to access encrypted data on your PC. Technologies such Microsoft's BitLocker,...
AMD fans who want to overclock their processors can rejoice at news that the CPU maker is offering a Black Edition of its current fastest quad-core model.
Hydrogen carries the potential to become a clean energy source in the future. But while hydrogen does not produce green house gases in cars, an enormous amount of energy is required to produce it. E.Coli...
Accelerating your child's learning is as easy as giving him LeapFrog's new "Tag" pen-like device. Thanks to an infrared camera in the tip, the pen recognizes graphics on specially designed books and then reads...
Shuttle has announced a flagship gaming platform to its XPC Prima series.
United Keys, a maker of display-key input devices, announced that it has formed a strategic partnership with Foxconn (Hon Hai Precision Industry).
The DRAM industry has a favorable outlook for 2008 as the lowering of capital expenditure (capex) by industry players will result in tight supply in the second half of the year, according to Nanya Technology...
Open minded people are more likely to purchase a Mac, according to a new survey released by Mindset Media. The company interviewed 7500 people and found that liberal thinkers were 60 percent more likely to buy...
Sparkle introduced a new GeForce 8800 GT version which comes with 1 GB of memory, instead of the standard 512 MB, as well as passive cooling.
Do you know which country has the best prices for PC gear? We looked at pricing in the United States, Canada, Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Australia to find out just how much prices vary from one...
While graphics drivers and third-party utilities allow you to overclock your graphics card's GPU and memory, pixel shader clock speeds can only be increased through the card's BIOS.
Intel introduced it's 45 nm Penryn technology 3 weeks ago. Today, on the same day AMD launched it's Phenom 9700 quad-core processor series, Intel announced the QX9770 (due Q1 2008). What's up?
Four cores, 45 nm structures and overclocking up to 4 GHz make Intel's Penryn Core 2 CPUs faster and more efficient. How bad does it look for AMD?
In Part 3 we focus on the hardware for the solar arrays used to generate power for our PC. We fretted over every half-watt to obtain the longest possible up time even on cloudy or rainy days.
After a grueling four days of benchmarking and tweaking, it's time to see how our three systems compare in baseline performance, overclocked performance, and total value.
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