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System Builder Marathon: TH's $2000 Hand-Picked Build

Processor And CPU Cooling

CPU: Intel Core i7-970

Intel’s cheapest six-core (twelve thread) desktop processor, the Core i7-970 uses the same fundamental architecture as the company's Core i7-980X Extreme. It only lacks the flagship's unlocked multiplier and 133 MHz in stock clock rate, coming in at 3.20 GHz.

Read Customer Reviews of Intel's Core i7-970

We’re hoping to reach the same 4.46 GHz clock at 1.35 V that we previously saw from our Core i7-980X, though that goal might be a little high considering our cooling limitations. We didn’t have enough money left to buy the highest-end air cooling solution, let alone something more extreme like liquid cooling.

Additionally, Intel’s speed-binning might have left our particular processor with less overclocking capability than its upscale sibling.

CPU Cooling: Scythe Mugen 2 Revision B

Read Customer Reviews of Scythe's Mugen 2 Revision B

Listed at Newegg as part number SCMG-2100, the Mugen 2 Revision B is slightly more powerful and quieter at full force than the already-oversized Intel Boxed Cooler that comes with its Gulftown processors.

Compatible with a broader range of CPU interfaces than its previous version, this cooler's performance took second-place in our Big Air Roundup behind a unit that costs twice as much.

Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.
  • Randomacts
    Yay more giveaways!
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  • tacoslave
    should have just gone with a i7 920 and stuck a 5970 which would have been cheaper
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  • duk3
    I agree, however, this SBM was about 6-core performance.
    With an i7-930, a better heatsink, 2 470s and maybe an extra fan or 2 for the case is in reach.
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  • Crashman
    duk3I agree, however, this SBM was about 6-core performance.With an i7-930, a better heatsink, 2 470s and maybe an extra fan or 2 for the case is in reach.yes, the i7-930 and a couple 470's would be normal in the SBM $2000 PC.
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  • cojj
    how do I enter for the giveaway?
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  • Crashman
    cojjhow do I enter for the giveaway?Click the link in the announcement?
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  • IzzyCraft
    I guess these were more performance driven choices. I still will miss the case, i'd gladly trade a 920/930 for the SilverStone Raven
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  • Crashman
    IzzyCraftI guess these were more performance driven choices. I still will miss the case, i'd gladly trade a 920/930 for the SilverStone RavenQuality-wise, the Three Hundred is probably the best case you can get for under $80, but there should have been one more fan in the system given the internally-vented graphics cards the system ended up with. On the other hand, a lot of builders would be more than happy to "settle for" 4GHz at 1.30V, and the CPU will certainly live longer at the lower voltage.
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  • brisingamen
    i prefer the six core gtx 480 sli rig.
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  • pinkfloydminnesota
    A 970 and a drop to 460s? Are you kidding me? How much is newegg dropping in ad revenue for you to help them dump this overpriced stock?
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