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System Builder Marathon, Q4 2012: $500 Gaming PC

Benchmark Results: Synthetics

When you take into account the similarities between these two platforms, the biggest difference in 3DMark 11 performance is going to come down to the graphics cards in each machine.

The more modern build boasts a Radeon HD 7850, while last quarter's configuration has a GeForce GTX 560. Even overclocked, Nvidia's board can't keep up to AMD's stock settings. That we're able to fit the Radeon HD 7850 in our same budget is going to be great for value.

 

We didn't expect to see any large deltas in PCMark 7, since both rigs employ Intel 7-series chipset, Pentium G800-series processors, DDR3-1333 memory, and Western Digital Blue hard drives. This quarter's Windows 8-based build takes a narrow victory in the overall PCMark score, but is edged out in the Productivity and Storage sub-tests.

The current build suffers a 100 MHz CPU frequency deficit, which is why it trails in Sandra's processor tests. It does enjoy slightly more memory bandwidth, though.

  • killerchickens
    $501 Plus $100 for a copy of windows 7.
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  • Crashman
    killerchickens$501 Plus $100 for a copy of windows 7.Run Linux, this is a hardware shootout.
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  • willyroc
    I personally feel that they could have gone with H61 and gotten a 2GB 7850 instead.
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  • killerchickens
    CrashmanRun Linux, this is a hardware shootout.
    Linux for a gaming desktop I dont think so.
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  • willyroc
    Not to mention that the 500GB version of the HDD is only $3 more.
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  • jerm1027
    Our best alternative remained the quad-core Phenom II X4 995 Black Edition for $95. But we chose not to revisit this old favorite, figuring that adding a Radeon HD 7850 would have taxed our budget.
    What about the Phenom II 965? It's only $75 at TigerDirect.
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  • killerchickens
    Why is Windows 8 Professional being used?
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  • EzioAs
    9539399 said:
    I personally feel that they could have gone with H61 and gotten a 2GB 7850 instead.

    I think they'd be better off with a B75 motherboard, 4GB RAM and an i3-3220.
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  • mayankleoboy1
    I am not very comfortable using windows8 in these benches. Reason : Drivers have not yet matured for win8. I would have waited for the next quarter SBM before using win8.
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  • killerchickens
    Windows is free and we use Linux in are gaming Machines what are we in Soviet Russia .
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