System Builder Marathon, March 2008 : The Articles
Here’s a list of the System Builder Marathon (SBM) articles in this five day series.
- Day 1 : The Low-Cost PC
- Day 2 : The Mid-Cost PC
- Day 3 : The High-Cost PC
- Day 4 : All Three SBM PCs Overclocked
- Day 5 : Summary - The Price/Performance Winner
Today, we double the budget of yesterday’s low-cost PC to assemble a sweet midrange system. While the low-cost PC is a good all-round system, the mid-range PC should perform strongly at pretty much anything we throw at it.
While twice the budget rarely results in twice the performance, a mid-range system is desirable because it can provide tangible benefits in speed of applications and high-resolution graphics. Also, the extra money spent should give us a highly overclockable system. Our low-cost system isn’t going to be anywhere near as overclockable as the mid-range system.
First, a quick overview of our chosen components, then a justification of our choices.
|Current SBM Mid-Range PC Component Cost|
|CPU||Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700||540|
|CPU Cooler||Cooler master HyperTX 2||25|
|Motherboard||Asus P5N-T Deluxe||250|
|RAM||Crucial Ballistix DDR2 800 PC2-6400 - 4 GB||128|
|Graphics||EVGA GeForce 8800GTX, 768 MB||415|
|Hard Drive||1x Western Digital Raptor 150 GB1701x Western Digital Caviar 500 GB||95|
|Sound||Integrated SoundMax High-Definition Audio||0|
|Case||Antec Nine Hundred||120|
|Power||PC Power & Cooling Silencer S75Q 750W||160|
|DVD-RW||2x Sony Optiarc DVD-RW||28|