Motherboard: Gigabyte H61MA-D3V
Gigabyte's microATX H61MA-D3V separates itself from less expensive H61 Express-based boards with features like a 16-lane PCI Express slot capable of taking an Ivy Bridge processor and running at third-gen data rates, two USB 3.0 connectors, two SATA 6Gb/s ports enabled by a Marvell add-in controller, an all-solid capacitor design, and Gigabyte’s UEFI DualBIOS technology.
However, it lacks PCI slots, along with the multiple system fan headers we valued so much on MSI's larger motherboard used last quarter.
Memory: 4 GB Team Elite DDR3-1333 TED34096M1333C9DC
Going into this build, we knew that memory data rates would be locked at 1333 MT/s, and the best performance enhancement we'd be able to pursue would be lower latencies. So, we continued our search for the best possible value-oriented memory by choosing the one and only 4 GB dual-channel kit able to keep this build under budget. At just $20, it was hard to pass on Team Elite’s basic DDR3-1333 kit with CAS 9 timings and a 1.5 V rating.
- A Pure Gaming Machine
- CPU And Cooler
- Motherboard And Memory
- Graphics Card And Hard Drive
- Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive
- Assembling Our Budget-Oriented Beast
- Making The Most Of Limited Overclocking
- Test System Configuration And Benchmarks
- Benchmark Results: Battlefield 3 And StarCraft II
- Benchmark Results: DiRT 3 And The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Benchmark Results: Crysis And Just Cause 2
- Benchmark Results: F1 2010 And Metro 2033
- Benchmark Results: Audio/Video
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Benchmark Results: Synthetics
- Power Consumption And Temperatures
- Performance Summary And Efficiency
- Is It Unbalanced, Or Right For Gaming?