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System Builder Marathon, March 2011: The Articles
Here are links to each of the five articles in this month’s System Builder Marathon (we’ll update them as each story is published). And remember, these systems are all being given away at the end of the marathon.
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Few times has Intel’s old “Leap Ahead” slogan been more appropriate than with its Sandy Bridge launch, its new processor offering moderate performance gains simultaneous to huge power reduction. Yet, CPU competitor AMD hasn’t been lying motionless, its old “Leap Beyond” campaign similarly suited to new graphics cards that, thanks to superior multi-GPU scaling, speed past Nvidia’s competing parts while consuming far less power and selling for a far lower price. With all these advancements only a few easy mouse clicks away, all we needed was a real-world complete build to compare today’s advanced parts to the pathetic antiques of last year.
Here’s what our $2000 budget was able to purchase, using Newegg’s prices.
|$2000 Performance PC Component Prices|
|Motherboard||Asus P8P67 WS Revolution: LGA 1155, Intel P67 Express||$ 270|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-2600K: 3.4 GHz-3.8 GHz, 8 MB Cache||$330|
|Memory||G.Skill F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM: DDR3-1600 C8, 2 x 4 GB (8 GB)||$130|
|Graphics||2 x XFX HD-695A-CNFC: Radeon HD 6950 2 GB, CrossFire||$600|
|System Drive||2 x A-Data S599 64 GB, SATA 3Gb/s SSD||$230|
|Storage Drive||Samsung F3 HD103SJ 1 TB, 7200 RPM HDD||$70|
|Optical||Lite-On iHBS212 BD-RE: 12x BD-R, 16x DVD±R, 48x CD-R||$110|
|Case||Antec Three Hundred Illusion||$65|
|Power||Seasonic SS-850HT: 850W, ATX12V v2.31, 80-Plus Silver||$130|
|CPU Cooler||Scythe Mugen 2 Rev. B (SCMG-2100)||$40|
Extra value in the power supply and CPU cooler allowed us to go overkill on these items without breaking the bank.