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Do-It-Yourself PC System: CPU & Motherboard

Conclusion: Highspeed Luxury For Little Money

All set: The interior of the completed PC system. All cables can still be bundled together with cords.

Our Tom's Hardware PC is a powerful machine for all applications: MPEG 4 encoding, video editing, 3D gaming or office applications - nobody else offers such quality for a mere $995. Putting together the PC requires about 60 minutes; software installation takes about the same time. The motherboard is quite versatile, allowing larger modifications of core voltage and clock multiplier. The next part of our series will discuss the best possible graphics card, dealing with many details. The last part will be about different drives and explain the best configuration, using examples.