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System Builder Marathon, March 2012: System Value Compared

Benchmark Results: SiSoftware Sandra

Sandra's Arithmetic metric shows the $2600 PC generating scores more than four times higher than the $650 machine’s Core i3. If the rest of the system performed that well, the most expensive machine would finally break through barriers in value.

Unfortunately, we already know that the rest of the top machine's hardware doesn't yield four times the performance of Paul's nifty little build, and that’s where the $1300 machine could get its shot at a value crown.

Perhaps most surprising is the big lead Intel's Core i7-3930K establishes over its own Core i5-2400. We’d expect a 50% improvement for its 50%-higher core count, but it instead returns more than 100% on our investment.

The $1300 machine’s memory was hobbled by its low-end motherboard, which is really a shame since the $37 left over in Don's budget could have gone toward a much nicer platform.

Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.