Page 1:Can A $1600 PC Really Be High-End?
Page 2:CPU, Graphics, And Memory
Page 3:Motherboard And CPU Cooling
Page 4:Power Supply, Case, And SSD
Page 5:Mass Storage, OS, And Optical Drive
Page 6:Installing Thermaltake's NiC-L32 CPU Cooler
Page 7:Completing Hardware Installation
Page 9:How We Tested Our $1600 High-End PC
Page 10:Results: 3DMark And PCMark
Page 11:Results: SiSoftware Sandra
Page 12:Results: Battlefield 4
Page 13:Results: Grid 2
Page 14:Results: Arma 3
Page 15:Results: Far Cry 3
Page 16:Results: Audio And Video Encoding
Page 17:Results: Adobe Creative Suite
Page 18:Results: Productivity
Page 19:Results: File Compression
Page 20:Power, Heat, And Efficiency
Page 21:Less Money, Lower Performance, Better Value?
Mass Storage, OS, And Optical Drive
Hard Drive: Western Digital Blue WD10EZEX
This is where we get into the parts that we don't need in the lab, but you probably will once you get this machine home. Western Digital’s 1 TB Blue drive offers a bunch of capacity to store your photos and media without busting my budget.
The WD10EZEX has a 7200 RPM spindle to improve response time and a SATA 6Gb/s interface for speedy accesses to 64 MB of data cache. But really, I only bought this disk to store information that doesn't need to live on the precious solid-state storage.
OS: Windows 8.1
One of the first questions our contest winners ask is whether we give them software to go along with their new PCs. Up until now, we haven't taken operating system cost into account. But at your request, this expense is factored in for the first time.
New systems qualify for the OEM version of Windows 8.1, which costs $100. And we can now put to rest those complaints from readers who were trying to compare pre-built systems, which typically come bundled with operating systems, to our builds.
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124
Many readers claim that they no longer want or need an optical drive, but our operating system shipped to us on optical media. Besides, I'm willing to bet that you have something precious stashed away on a DVD or CD that you’d like to read someday.
The iHAS124 also burns DVD media at 24x, just in case you have a few blank discs laying around. Plus, it's great for loading an unrecognized GbE controller driver...since you can't exactly download that until the network connection is up and running.
- Can A $1600 PC Really Be High-End?
- CPU, Graphics, And Memory
- Motherboard And CPU Cooling
- Power Supply, Case, And SSD
- Mass Storage, OS, And Optical Drive
- Installing Thermaltake's NiC-L32 CPU Cooler
- Completing Hardware Installation
- How We Tested Our $1600 High-End PC
- Results: 3DMark And PCMark
- Results: SiSoftware Sandra
- Results: Battlefield 4
- Results: Grid 2
- Results: Arma 3
- Results: Far Cry 3
- Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Results: Adobe Creative Suite
- Results: Productivity
- Results: File Compression
- Power, Heat, And Efficiency
- Less Money, Lower Performance, Better Value?