Benchmark Results: 3DMark And PCMark
Lower motherboard and memory prices allows the $2000 build to step up to GeForce GTX 580 SLI graphics, while the $1000 PC transitions to GeForce GTX 460 SLI, mainly for experimental reasons. While the change does help the overclocked $1000 build a little, the $2000 machine naturally dominates.
The $500 machine appears a bit lost here, but it still gets one-third of the performance at one-fourth the cost.
An undersized SSD certainly helps the $1000 machine’s PCMark scores compared to our previous SBM. It’s unfortunate that the 30 GB drive is too small to hold all of the applications this benchmark represents.
Oh: Wait …
Also, as a result, more emphasis should be placed on the storage sub system. I know these are gaming configurations, but I'd give up my GPU in a nanosecond if it meant I could keep my SSDs. Fortunately, I don't have to choose, but I would if I had too, and I'm not alone out there. Budget systems don't feel so budget-y with even a modest SSD.
Yeah, good luck fitting an SSD into a $500 gaming build.
there have been 64GB Vertex Crucial drives on sale for < 79$. Which isn't bad.
That's why I think the $500 system should be closer to $600, maybe like $550. 30GB Agility drives were going for $40 yesterday at the Egg, so its not like you have to spend $300 to get a tangible benefit. That one addition would have contributed a significant performance benefit and the budget category used to be $650 anyway.
maybe also include windows boot time.