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System Builder Marathon, August 2012: $1000 Enthusiast PC

Video Card, Power Supply, And Case

Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 GV-N670OC-2GD

We missed out on Nvidia's GeForce GTX 670 in our last System Builder Marathon because it was launched right after we ordered our components. Now that we can find them at retail, though, we're eager to spend $400 of our $1000 budget on this powerful piece of hardware.

Read Customer Reviews of Gigabyte's GV-N670OC-2GD

Gigabyte's GV-N670OC-2GD earned our Recommended Buy award in Seven GeForce GTX 670 Cards, Benchmarked And Reviewed as a result of its quiet operation and excellent performance. Silence is something we appreciate. So, if you are going to choose a GeForce GTX 670, why not pick the model with an effective aftermarket cooler?

Power Supply: Corsair CX600 V2

Read Customer Reviews of Corsair's CX600 V2

Again, we're picking Corsair’s CX600 for $70 instead of the more expensive TX650.

We do give up some of the PCIe power cables, but the CX600 is more than capable of handling our GeForce GTX 670.

PC Case: Rosewill Redbone

Read Customer Reviews of Rosewill's Redbone

If we want the fastest components our budget allows, we have to skimp on parts that don't effect the benchmark results. That's where Rosewill’s Redbone comes into play. Boasting a dignified front panel with red highlights, we expect this attractive $40 budget-oriented enclosure to enable a smooth installation.

  • alchemy69
    Bring on the usual motley crew of those who could have done it so much better.
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  • lighter17
    What's going on with the processor price. The i5-3570k is $230 not $300. Then there's no mention of the CPU cooler in the price list.

    And you're pairing an Ivy Bridge CPU with a P67 motherboard to save a few dollars?

    Does anybody proofread these articles?
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  • lunyone
    ^^^ Just noticed and was starting to type that same mistake too :)
    +1 for the p67 and not a maybe a B75 based mobo like:

    or

    Z77 based mobo for ~$95 shipped??


    Just a though on the mobo situation....

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  • lunyone
    ^^^ Links didn't work, trying again below:

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  • mayankleoboy1
    i love how much difference a few months had on the performance.

    Just want to mention : i dont see the use of including an optical drive in 2012. i cant remember the last time i used an optical drive. And with digital sales outselling physical discs, i dont see why it is included.
    Its not about saving $15. Its about buying a part that you will be using less than a couple of times in an year.probably lesser.
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  • cangelini
    lighter17What's going on with the processor price. The i5-3570k is $230 not $300. Then there's no mention of the CPU cooler in the price list. And you're pairing an Ivy Bridge CPU with a P67 motherboard to save a few dollars?Does anybody proofread these articles?Good catch. Not sure what was up with Don's pricing, but his CPU was way off, and he forgot to include the cooler in his price list. I've updated it, and it's only $7 bucks off his original quote, so we're still in good shape. Appreciate the sharp eye, guys!
    Chris
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  • wildkitten
    mayankleoboy1i love how much difference a few months had on the performance.Just want to mention : i dont see the use of including an optical drive in 2012. i cant remember the last time i used an optical drive. And with digital sales outselling physical discs, i dont see why it is included. Its not about saving $15. Its about buying a part that you will be using less than a couple of times in an year.probably lesser.I think there is still a place for optical drives. I just finished a new tower build myself, an i5 3570k myself with the same video card on an Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe. I put in a Blur Ray burner that was only $90. With almost all new phones doing 1080p video, I can burn discs for friends and family of personal videos. People also still have CD players in cars and honestly, on a price per GB bases, it's still the best form of backup.
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  • 60 gb SSD? why bother?
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  • blackball3242
    The asrock professional series is shown whereas the actual motherboard being used is the performance series.

    I almost thought the motherboard had 3 pcie slots for only $100- that would have been a steal!
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  • nathcarter
    Any particular reason for P67 over Z77? Is it purely cost-based, or are there significant performance benefits?
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