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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!).
Tom's drives a desktop PC including monitor with solar cells 24/7. In the first part of this project we focus on the technical foundations that underlie solar energy. After that, we dig into the necessary...
Next-generation platforms are a year away. Upgrading certain components can help a two-year old system remain viable until then.
Performance still is the most-important factor, but energy efficiency is getting more attention when it comes to component decisions. We scan low-power options that are available.
ABS shipped us its latest CrossFire system and it came to play! It clearly provided all of the performance of the big guns but at less than half the cost.
Uninterruptible power supplies (UPSes) are essential items to boost uptime and data protection. But how do they work? We looked at three affordable entry-level models from APC, Belkin and Eaton/Powerware.
Massive Entertainment's World in Conflict arrives Sept. 18 on the PC and Xbox 360.
Kodak: The right side of the Kodak SV710 EasyShare digital picture frame has a mini USB connector for connecting to your computer or printer, a standard USB connector for flash drives, a volume control,...
Now that we've tested them, it's time to compare our three overclocked systems. How does performance stack up when compared to price?
We look at what components make an ideal budget overclocker's system. With a few bucks and some guts, you too can have a low-cost rig that runs with the big boys.
The "High-End" build from our first System Builder Marathon is ready to show its overclocking stuff. We show you the results and present our overclocking recipe.
Over the next 3 days we overclock Dell's factory-overclocked XPS 720 H2C, our high-end System Builder Marathon PC and a new budget build. We pull it all together on Friday.
Turn on the strength mod and then throw a guy through a building.
We look at some of the inspired ideas submitted for the iRobot Create Challenge.
The Lost Planet: Extreme Condition PC demo for Vista runs its performance test at default settings on the Dell XPS with a screen resolution of 1600x1000.
Here's a look at a screenshot of the original Lost Planet for the Xbox 360. Pay attention to the red boxes.
An early look at Team Fortress 2 sports a familiar look from Valve, similar to the original Team Fortress and Counter-Strike titles.
The last day of Computex brought us GPS devices, a supercomputer-in-a-box, perfect HD video applications, DTX cases without suitable motherboards, and the first true DYI notebook.
Id Software's Enemy Territory: Quake Wars is the latest instalment of the Quake series and is scheduled to arrive sometime this summer.
The 300 km/h HSR (Taiwan High Speed Rail - almost 200 mph) is one of the fastest trains in the world. It began its service in January 5, 2007, and connects Taipei with cities in central and southern Taiwan, and...
This time we analyze the impact on power consumption of RAM speed and timings, graphics card generation, hard drive type and form factor and of typical add-on cards.
You don't have to buy the latest energy-efficient PC hardware to save energy and reduce heat dissipation. Small steps already can make a difference.
The familiar cockpit view of an Imperial TIE Fighter in the classic PC game TIE Fighter
Robots come out of the science fiction closet with iRobot's "Create" robot builder's kit. See the Create. Enter the Create contest. Win big. Yes Will Robinson.
One Small Step for a Robot, One Giant Leap for Robotkind.
Rules for iRobot Create Challenge
We've built and tested them, now let's compare the results from the low-, mid- and high-cost PCs. How closely are price and performance related? And, we introduce a powerful Budget Gamer's System.