With 75 percent the performance of the $1,600 gaming PC at 50 percent of the cost, this quarter's budget build beats both of the other builds in value across all three of the major performance-per-dollar metrics. Normally, due to the frame-rate limitations in Battlefield 4 and other factors, we would defer to using the performance-per-dollar ratio of our highest-tested resolution for gaming, as it better represents the value of the higher performance configurations. However, since none of the builds share the same maximum resolution, it becomes more difficult to make that last comparison.
Although it lacks the top performance of the $1,600 build, this quarter's overclocked build still manages to come out on top value-wise, due to only costing half as much. As I briefly alluded to earlier, the Q1 build lacks statistics on value and performance in our last chart because it was never tested at the same 5760 x 1080 resolution as the others. Even though it's not the best at anything performance-wise, overall this quarter's build turned out to be a success.
Chris Miconi is an Associate Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware covering Cases.