Page 1:The Ultimate Honor: A Top Reader Ranking
Page 2:The Honored List: Your Picks, Picked By Tom's
Page 3:Building Your Beast
Page 4:Tuning The Components By Overclocking
Page 5:Test Settings And Benchmarks
Page 6:Benchmark Results: 3DMark And PCMark
Page 7:Benchmark Results: SiSoftware Sandra
Page 8:Benchmark Results: Battlefield 3 And DiRT 3
Page 9:Benchmark Results: Skyrim And StarCraft II
Page 10:Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
Page 11:Benchmark Results: Productivity
Page 12:Paying The Price In Power And Efficiency
Page 13:So, Is The Customer Always Right?
The Honored List: Your Picks, Picked By Tom's
We don’t need to spend much time explaining our component choices because these parts are all picked by Newegg's customers, not our editors. Instead, we'll give you a one-page overview of the parts.
Intel’s Core i5-2500K continues providing tremendous value to performance seekers over a year after we gave it our Recommended Buy award, putting in top position on Newegg’s customer surveys on the day we placed our order.
G.Skill’s 8 GB DDR3-1600 CAS 9 kit has shown up on our list of value-oriented heavyweights for over two years, its reputation placing it in second place behind a similar 4 GB kit in Newegg’s customer rankings.
Second only to Crucial's 64 GB version on Newegg's consumer rankings, the company's 128 GB m4 SSD achieves ample performance in our review of the product to garner yet another award. So far, these choices are looking like a who's who of Tom's Hardware favorites.
The newer 448-core GeForce GTX 560 Ti created so much excitement that many reviewers forgot about the original 384-core version. Newegg customers didn't forget, though, making it the second choice behind a weaker and more budget-friendly GeForce GTS 550 Ti.
As an added bonus, this better-performing card is a lifetime-warranty-equipped “AR” version from EVGA.
Too much stuff and not enough space? We added 500 GB with Seagate’s ST500DM005, thanks to its top customer ranking at Newegg.
Newegg’s customer favorite, Cooler Master’s Hyper 212+, has found its way into many of our System Builder Marathon machines following its 2010 review.
One of our old favorites, Corsair’s HX series is still popular-enough with Newegg customers to earn its 750 W unit the top spot in customer ratings.
While we normally use parts we’ve reviewed in these guides, Intel’s DZ68BC slipped under our radar. Fortunately for Intel, Newegg’s customers think it’s the best available part, and we're going with those opinions today.
Asus’ DRW-24B1ST is 24x-fast, it's cheap, it includes software, and it comes from a company renowned for reliability. Though we’ve never reviewed it, Newegg customers make it their top choice.
Antec’s Nine Hundred has been in our arsenal since 2006, making numerous appearances in System Builder Marathon machines as well. This updated model adds USB 3.0 with the all-important internal cable connector, which helps to explain why it’s still the favorite of Newegg customers.
- The Ultimate Honor: A Top Reader Ranking
- The Honored List: Your Picks, Picked By Tom's
- Building Your Beast
- Tuning The Components By Overclocking
- Test Settings And Benchmarks
- Benchmark Results: 3DMark And PCMark
- Benchmark Results: SiSoftware Sandra
- Benchmark Results: Battlefield 3 And DiRT 3
- Benchmark Results: Skyrim And StarCraft II
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Paying The Price In Power And Efficiency
- So, Is The Customer Always Right?