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System Builder Marathon, March 2011: $1000 Enthusiast PC

Benchmark Results: Synthetics

It looks like 3DMark prefers the Core i5-2500K/Radeon HD 6950 combo over the Core i5-750/GeForce GTX 470 by a notable margin, as we expected, with September’s overclocked system equaling the new PC’s stock performance.

3DMark doesn’t always mirror real-world game results, so we’ll see if this holds up in the benchmarks.

PCMark demonstrates notably better results in favor of the new system, except when it comes to the Hard Drive test score, where September’s PC performs slightly faster.

The Sandra tests mirror what we saw in PCMark, adding a memory bandwidth benchmark that delivers a clear win for the new system.

  • 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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