System Builder Marathon: Mid-Cost System


Once again, with no other benchmarks to directly compare it to, we can only speak to our experience with the mid-range system. It feels like a capable machine and it has certainly proven it's viability as a capable gaming machine, despite the fact that it uses only a single graphics card.

The Q6700 also promises some wicked overclocking, and, even though we didn't have space in our budget to include high-end water-cooling, we have high hopes.

(Compare Prices on Core 2 Quad Q6700)

Next, Thomas Soderstrom will be posting the results he achieved with his uber high-end system, and after that we will put these machines directly head to head to measure relative performance and value. It should be an interesting rest of the week!

Here's a list of the System Builder Marathon (SBM) articles in this five day series.

  • crites
    Why wouldn't you put 1066MHz (PC2-8500) memory on this machine?
  • OS43
    I assume they are using Cas 4 memory, which you are not going to find in this price range at PC2-8500.
  • AngryClown
    This build is identical to my current rig, except I chose an 8800GT, and the Q6600 oc'd to 2.88. It plows through AVCHD editing, and Oblivion.

    I spent weeks researching the best price points. Good job guys.