System Builder Marathon, March 2011: $1000 Enthusiast PC

Benchmark Results: DiRT 2 And S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of Pripyat

December’s Core i3-based system and its dual graphics card solution shows much better here, especially when 8x AA is enabled.

Aside from this, the current system achieves a slight advantage over the older Core i5-750 PC from September.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. favors the December Core i3/GeForce GTX 460 SLI combo over the competitors at 2560x1600 or when the Ultra preset is enabled with 4x AA, but at lower detail settings and resolutions, the current system shows a sizable advantage.

  • americanherosandwich
    That is one funky looking case. Great $1k system!
  • toxxel
    That case is a behemoth.
  • dirtmountain
    After seeing that case i was afraid for Princess Leia.
  • cangelini
    dirtmountainAfter seeing that case i was afraid for Princess Leia.
  • Darkerson
    Crazy looking case, but nice system overall!
  • _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 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.
  • ava__
    you forgot to add the cost of your beloved Windows
  • Crashman
  • Mark Heath
    9511317 said:
    Good to see the Tom's team is on the same page XD
  • 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.