CPU And Cooler
Processor: Intel Pentium E5200
This month, we again revisit the Intel Pentium E5200 that reached some truly impressive clock speeds in our November $625 system.
Clocked at 2.5 GHz with 2 MB L2 cache and running on an 800 MHz front side bus (FSB), this dual-core 45 nm Wolfdale doesn’t offer the same stock performance as the Core 2 Duo E7300 used last month did, but currently at a $43 cheaper price, it offers tremendous value and performance for the overclocker on a budget.
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek HDT-S963
Our desired components this month left us $25 for a CPU cooler, and we chose the Xigmatek HDT-S963. It has HDT (heat-pipe direct touch) technology, aluminum fins, anti-vibration rubber fan mounting, and a PWM variable-speed 92 mm fan. Assembly, while required, is simple and straightforward.
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Yeah Games are definatly more GPU bound than CPU bound at this time.But what about the user who decodes? Next month might be a good time to intro the new am3 triple core seeing as its being sodl for around 150$ and has been seen Oced up to 1ghz over stock.Reply
As I read this review I wonder, why this is only server I know that provides such a throughout testing and evaluation of OC benefit...Reply
Nice article guys, like how you seem squeeze the value out of the builds, definitely a good choice of build! My only question is one of personal interest, I wonder if disregarding the set price of $625, a crossfire set up of 2 4830s would give more bang for the buck in gaming then 1 4870? Of course as you have shown it would depend on the cpu, I was thinking around 4 Ghz on a dual core and 4 gigs ram. I am wondering because 2 x 4830 can be had for as little as $170-180 now, and thats pretty awesome.Reply
Looking at the "Radeon HD 4830: High-Speed, Cheap CrossFire" article the results look fairly similar to that seen from this build, with maybe some very small gains in Supreme commander and crysis, while World in Conflict appears to due better on this newer january build. However the 4830 CF was on a test bed without an OC'ed cpu and without overclocking the 4830's, hence my curiosity to know if doing this would significantly increase performance and value over the single 4870?Reply
great article as always.. but what happened to the international builder marathon?Reply
$43 difference bang for the buck. How about in the long run? Sure you'll be paying more than 43 bucks for the electricity bill. I think January's build is better. It might be slower than this month's build but is still very playable at most games.Reply
Why do you keep building the same system (practically) over and over again?Reply
It would have been awesome to see a system based on the Phenom II X3 "700 Series" at this price point....especially paired w/ the ATI 4830 or 4850. Dont'cha think a 4870 is a tad much for a "$625 system?" - you would have had a "Dragon Platform" - very doable at your price range. You wouldn't have had to do DDR3 either - DDR2 would have worked quite nicely.
StupidRabbitgreat article as always.. but what happened to the international builder marathon?Reply
International competition is in edits--almost ready to go live! Interesting results there, too.
Excellent article. I think this was a good build.Reply
That Rosewill case (and all their cheap ones like it) will take a front mounted 120mm fan. You had $6 left over, so it would have fit in your budget.
THG Staff note:Here are links to each of the four articles in this month’s System Builder Marathon...Reply
I hate being picky...but...
The links aren't imbedded in those 4 article designations at the top of the article, as of the writing of this note.