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System Builder Marathon, March 2012: System Value Compared

Benchmark Results: StarCraft II

The $2600 build continues to use its big CPU to squash the $1300 build in gaming resolutions up to 1920x1080. But CPU bottlenecks again disappear once we hit the GPU-punishing 2560x1600 resolution. At that point a higher graphics card overclock allows the $1300 PC to score its strategic win.

Once again, the back and forth between pricey configurations seems silly to anyone who just wants to play this game at high graphics detail using a 1920x1080 resolution. The $650 survives its fourth and final graphics test.

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