System Builder Marathon: The Enthusiast's System
System Builder Marathon, November 2008 : The Articles
Here are links to each of the three articles in this month’s System Builder Marathon (we’ll update them as each story is published).
We got a lot of feedback from our last System Builder Marathon concerning the choice of words used to describe that $1,500 machine. A lot of readers just didn’t think a water-cooled box priced at $1,500 could be called "mainstream," so we’ve taken this into consideration and lowered the price range a bit. We’ll also be careful not to reuse that naughty term this time around, since it seems to be such a subjective word. Instead, with this builder’s eye toward great bang-for-the-buck performance coupled with high overclocking expectations, we’re calling it the "enthusiast" system.
With plenty of requests steering us clear from water-cooling and luxury components, like $180 cases, we’ve re-focused on good value-oriented performance parts, spec’d a good air cooler, and decided to leave the luxurious extras to you folks for this mid-range $1,250 machine.
We even went to the forums to get some feedback as to the direction our readers would like to see us take the $1,250 system. So let’s see how this month’s components stack up :
|CPU||Intel Core 2 Duo E8500||190|
|CPU Cooler||Xigmatek HDT-S1283 (& ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket)||42|
|Motherboard||DFI LanParty X38-T2R||175|
|RAM||PNY XLR8 2 x 4GB||60|
|Graphics||Powercolor Radeon 4870 X2||529|
|Hard Drives||Western Digital Caviar black 640GB 32 MB cache||85|
|Network||Integrated Gigabit Networking||0|
|Case||Antec Three Hundred||55|
|Power||Antec Neo 650W||90|
|Optical||LITE-ON 20X DVD±R SATA Model iHAS120-04||24|