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System Builder Marathon, March 2011: $1000 Enthusiast PC

Benchmark Results: Crysis And Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Crysis definitely relies on CPU prowess, as the Core i3 system from December 2010 is crippled at lower resolutions here despite its dual GeForce GTX 460 graphics card setup. However, when very high settings are used, some of the bottleneck is shifted to the graphics subsystem and December’s PC beats the competitors at 2560x1600.

The race between the Core i5-2500K/Radeon HD 6950 and September’s Core i5-750/GeForce GTX 470 system is very close here, with the new competitor taking a slight advantage.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is easy on graphics hardware, so the dual GeForce GTX 460 setup in the December 2010 SBM system shows little improvement over a single card. The game is bottlenecked by the CPU here.

When it comes to comparing the current Core i5-2500K/Radeon HD 6950 and September’s Core i5-750/GeForce GTX 470, the newer system suffers a small penalty. Realistically, the difference is irrelevant, as all systems enjoy frame rates far above 60 FPS. However, the GeForce cards probably have an architectural advantage in this particular scenario.

  • americanherosandwich
    That is one funky looking case. Great $1k system!
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  • toxxel
    That case is a behemoth.
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  • dirtmountain
    After seeing that case i was afraid for Princess Leia.
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  • cangelini
    dirtmountainAfter seeing that case i was afraid for Princess Leia.
    LOL
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  • Darkerson
    Crazy looking case, but nice system overall!
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  • _Pez_
    for 1k usd seems to be a cheap system.. hmm nice review, is good to see that new processors are really efficient even when overclocked ..to bad about the 22cm cooler of the side panel of that funny case. My Armor+ has exactly the same issue with a V6gt cooler and I decided to go back to my hyper212+ :D.
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  • ava__
    you forgot to add the cost of your beloved Windows
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  • Crashman
    cangeliniLOLHuh?
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  • Mark Heath
    9511317 said:
    Huh?
    Good to see the Tom's team is on the same page XD
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  • AkIRA_22
    that has to be the ugliest case I've ever seen in my life. At the end of the day the case is 100% taste, to 'recommend' a case is futile.
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