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System Builder Marathon, December 2010: $500 PC

Graphics Card And Hard Drive

Graphics Card: Sparkle SXX460768D5UNM

The level of gaming sought for this system would require a potent DirectX 11 graphics solution, and we were thrilled to find the Sparkle SXX460768D5UNM GeForce GTX 460 768MB for $160. This reference clocked Fermi, has 336 CUDA Cores, 192-bit memory interface, and 768 MB of GDDR5 memory. More technical details can be found in our GF104 launch review.

Read Customer Reviews of Sparkle's SXX460768D5UNM GeForce GTX 460

Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F4 HD322GJ/U 320 GB

Read Customer Reviews of Samsung's Spinpoint F4 320 GB

The Samsung Spinpoint F4 HD322GJ/U 320GB SATA 3.0Gb/s was an attractive option, setting us back a couple bucks less than September’s hard drive, while providing a small boost in storage capacity and double(16MB) the cache.

  • LuckyDucky7
    And this is really the only PC build that will stay relevant come January- it will remain the only budget platform that can be overclocked, after all.

    Incidentally, this would be the only PC you'd want to contemplate building right now (since the new Core i3s don't come out immediately like the i5s and i7s do- and the Pentium G8XX series doesn't allow overclocking of its platform.)
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  • Tamz_msc
    Ah, much better than the previous build!
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  • Proximon
    Great job squeezing everything into a very small budget.
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  • adbat
    Good build - but again it would be good to see old spec on test system page.
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  • rohitbaran
    That is a great combination for that budget. Balanced.
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  • yyk71200
    I wouldn't be very comfortable using a 380 watt PSU for a long time for GTX 460 even if it is good quality. Perhaps, I would put in something of 450 watt or higher.
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  • Crashman
    LuckyDucky7And this is really the only PC build that will stay relevant come January- it will remain the only budget platform that can be overclocked, after all.Incidentally, this would be the only PC you'd want to contemplate building right now (since the new Core i3s don't come out immediately like the i5s and i7s do- and the Pentium G8XX series doesn't allow overclocking of its platform.)So you think there's going to be a replacement platform for the $2000 PC in January? That's not going to happen for a while. Or are you suggesting the next $2000 PC should be downgraded to P67?
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  • dragoon190
    I haven't been keeping up with the system marathon much, but what's the reasoning for choosing nVidia card over AMD's? Just wondering since I'm thinking about upgrading my computer soon.
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  • jj463rd
    A really nice build this time.However the price of the case and power supply has gone up in price over at newegg.I haven't checked the prices of the other components though.This build seems to perform quite well especially in the gaming benchmarks.Good job!
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  • tstng
    I would've gone with a 6850 instead of the 460. It's a tad cheaper, not at all slower if you don't start cranckin' up the tesselation, and should fit the 380W psu a lot better. But a solid build by all means.
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