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System Builder Marathon, Q4 2012: $1,000 Enthusiast PC

Video Card, Power Supply, And Case

Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 GV-N670OC-2GD

We're giving Gigabyte's GV-N670OC-2GD another try, since we used it in last quarter's System Builder Marathon and our goal is to compare platform performance without altering other variables. Of course, no two graphics cards overclock in exactly the same way, so we're hoping to squeeze similar frequencies out of this card when it comes to pushing our new build to its limit.

Read Customer Reviews of Gigabyte's GV-N670OC-2GD

Gigabyte's GV-N670OC-2GD earned our Recommended Buy award in Seven GeForce GTX 670 Cards, Benchmarked And Reviewed as a result of its quiet operation and excellent performance. The good news is that the price of this GeForce GTX 670 card dropped from $400 to $350 since our last build.

Power Supply: Corsair CX600 V2

Read Customer Reviews of Corsair's CX600 V2

Corsair’s CX600 is a great power supply; we discovered that last quarter when we used it for this same machine.

A low price should be indicative of fairly entry-level features. It's not modular, and it's limited to a pair of six/eight-pin power cables for our GeForce GTX 670 graphics card. Nevertheless, it should prove ample for our needs. It also fits nicely in our budget at $70.

PC Case: HEC Blitz

Read Customer Reviews of HEC's Blitz

At $50, HEC's Blitz is not exactly the lowest-budget case we could have purchased. Though, in our defense, its price is higher now than when we ordered it.

Even still, it's a roomy enclosure that comes with two 120 mm fans. We're expecting it to get the job done. No, it's not particularly drop-dead gorgeous, but it's not brash or juvenile, either.