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System Builder Marathon, Sept. 2010: $2000 Performance PC

Component Installation, Continued

We installed G.Skill’s F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL memory prior to clipping on the CPU cooling fan, due to overlapped mounting space. The cooler allows its fan to slide up and down by around one-half of an inch to accommodate medium-height memory covers.

Hardware installation went quickly from this point, though a system this complex does have a great many cables to manage. Note that the two graphics cards are shoved together because the motherboard’s third x16-length slot has only eight pathways.

Even though the back of the motherboard is on top, the power supply and intake fans surround it in a similar fashion to traditional cases. This design turns the usual front-to-back airflow into bottom-to-top, allowing convection to assist in case cooling.

The Raven RV02’s top panel snaps off easily to attach cables, which then exit from under the installed panel through a hole under its rear edge.

The complete system looks great, though some users might want to show off internal components by substituting in lighted fans.

  • IzzyCraft
    Love the case choice everything else is pretty much can't really hate it or love it, but i mean you can't really hate any of the parts when they cost that much as they are all good but some just not right for some jobs.
    I do not care for AMD and SLI just because you'll be using an nvidia chipset and my past experiences with them have been poor.
    I also do not care for 6 cores for games although i mostly use my computer for other things which may like those 6 cores, but i don't find too many uses for 2 480's outside of gaming.

    Hopefully the next one will be one i can't help but agree with, A i5-750/760 with 2 460's in sli :D
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  • Tamz_msc
    This month's SBM is forgettable.It confirms that AMD+SLI = BIG fail.
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  • Tamz_msc
    A better option( without sacrificing GTX 480 SLI) in my opinion is:
    Core i7 950 (add 100$)
    GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R (add 50$)
    GSkill 6GB RAM(subtract 70$)
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  • proofhitter
    Big CPU fail. I love your honesty, good one Tom's! Nice try nevertheless. Keep it up!
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  • jrharbort
    The lesson here? AMD hexacores are still the best value on the market, but is still unable to keep up with the i7 in overall performance clock for clock. It's sadly not the best choice in high end systems, but it still wont stop me from recomending it to friends interested in sub-$1000 systems.
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  • sassan_88
    I dont like systems Based on AMD's chipset
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  • jj463rd
    With Sandybridge and Bulldozer just right around the corner I don't think that it makes any sense to build right now with current (especially CPU + motherboard)components.
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  • Crashman
    jj463rdWith Sandybridge and Bulldozer just right around the corner I don't think that it makes any sense to build right now with current (especially CPU + motherboard)components.Maybe not...this system was built a couple months ago.
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  • makwy2
    Love the honesty. I think this is just shows that a MUCH cheaper AMD chip ($700 less) is close but not quite in true competition with the top of the line Intel chip. I'll stick to my AMD chips because I am not made of money.

    Again, I love the honesty and straight talk TH brings with these bi-monthly features that give system builders a real idea about performance and cost-effective parts.
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  • aaron92
    I really do value the AMD Hex vs Intel, 6 cores is already cutting edge and 12 threads is going beyond a desktop computer for this year atleast.
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