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System Builder Marathon Q2 2015: $1600 Mini Performance PC

Component Selection

I’ve fully described my selection of parts in Monday’s $1600 Performance Build, which included the previously-promised Core i7-5820K six-core CPU, externally-exhausted PNY GeForce GTX 970, value-winning Samsung 850 Evo 250GB SSD, and reader’s-choice WD Blue 1TB storage drive. There’s no better way to match the performance of these parts than to continue using them.

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Now it’s time to face the strange!

ASRock X99E-ITX/ac
ASRock X99E-ITX/ac
G.Skill Ripjaws 4 (16GB)
G.Skill Ripjaws 4 (16GB)
Rosewill RG630-S12
Rosewill RG630-S12
DIYPC HTPC-Cube-BK Black
DIYPC HTPC-Cube-BK Black
Corsair Hydro Series H60
Corsair Hydro Series H60
Lite-On EBAU108 External DVD-Writer
Lite-On EBAU108 External DVD-Writer
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.