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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!).
ECS is attempting to make a name for itself by producing a "tough" motherboard design
Nvidia's latest promotion includes a free copy of Metro: Last Light with purchases of the $200 GTX 660 or above.
Every tier of AMD's "Never Settle: Reloaded" bundle now includes Far Cry 3's Blood Dragon standalone expansion.
The "Crystal Well" variant of Intel's upcoming Haswell lineup reportedly features a 64 MB L4 cache dedicated for graphics.
The OC V2 is PowerColor's third release of the Radeon HD 7790 graphics card.
Gigabyte's WindForce 450 W cooler features three 80 mm cooling fans and could be featured on future high-end graphics cards.
The Mugen 4 CPU Cooler builds on the design of the Mugen 3 and is expected to release later this month.
PowerColor has teased the Radeon HD 7850 SCS3, the first passively cooled HD 7850 that has come to market.
Giada is releasing a mini-ITX motherboard targeted at NAS builders.
OCZ’s 5th Generation of high-performance Vertex SSDs may arrive towards the end of May 2013.
ChinaDIY has benchmarked an engineering sample of a Haswell Core i5 CPU.
MSI is rolling out two new HD 7970 cards, both almost identical except the clock speeds.
Gelid Solutions’ SlimHero cooler is specifically designed for use in compact PC cases and is compatible with most recent Intel and AMD socket types.
It's almost time to reserve your BYOC seat at QuakeCon 2013!
Colorful is working on four different GTX Titan cards, all of them liquid cooled with different cooler designs.
A new picture has surfaced which shows two HD 7990's in CrossFireX.
The Celeron 1019Y is the fifth ULV Ivy Bridge processor with a TDP of under 13 W.
Crucial has released a new lineup of SSDs, the M500.
EVGA has set four new 3DMark records using the GTX Titan and some very impressive overclocking.
The ioFX range of workstation acceleration platforms feature MLC NAND memory, PCIe interfaces and are designed to "remove traditional data storage bottlenecks."
Sadly, it appears that the next generation of Nvidia's GPUs will only be released in 2014.
The price of DRAMs continued to increase in 2H March 2013 and expected to continue rising in April.
It appears that three of the Haswell chips will feature BGA sockets.
AMD will be phasing out its FM1 and AM3 sockets in April 2013 with the aim of replacing the socket types by 2014.
Asus showcases its CoolTech coolers with a demonstration video.
Noctua has released two new CPU coolers, the NH-U12S and NH-U14S.