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System Builder Marathon, Sept. 2011: $500 Gaming PC
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Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition

The AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition is a quad-core Socket AM3-based processor with 4 x 512 KB of L2 cache and 6 MB of shared L3 cache. It delivers 3.2 GHz core speeds right out of the box, and offers overclocking flexibility through an unlocked CPU multiplier that you can be sure we'll utilize.


Read Customer Reviews of AMD's Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition


CPU Cooler: AMD Retail Boxed Heatsink & Fan

The boxed cooler bundled with AMD’s 125 W Phenom II X4 Black Edition processors is far better than the all-aluminum heatsink and low RPM fan we've used in past Athlon II- and 95 W Phenom II-based systems.

The copper heatpipe design and screaming 6000+ RPM fan should allow a bit more headroom for overclocking without the additional cost of aftermarket cooling.

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    AdrianPerry , 22 September 2011 15:28
    $500 for a quad-core build with a 6870 - better than I ever expected to see on a $500 build. This would provide a great entry level gaming PC at a very affordable price.
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    bobbyp86 , 22 September 2011 19:55
    Impressive performance considering the tight budget! Anyone with a little more money could spend the extra on upgrading the weak case and cpu cooler, which would make it a nice all-round system.
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    rajaawad23 , 22 September 2011 20:05
    why don't we get a UK version of these builds, prices are really different in the UK compared to the USA and plus I would like to be able to join in and have a chance in wining one of these builds!
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    dazz83 , 22 September 2011 22:01
    i agree, i would like to see you do a similar one with UK prices..we get ripped something rotten over here!!
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    13thmonkey , 23 September 2011 04:18
    or just do the same build but quote in £ and $ and assume that all parts have equally changed prices.
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    joedastudd , 23 September 2011 17:53
    13thmonkeyor just do the same build but quote in £ and $ and assume that all parts have equally changed prices.

    It wouldn't really work.

    Some of the brands readily available in the US aren't easy to acquire or as cheap in the UK.

    On top of that the UK tends to get new parts slightly later and at higher intail costs.

    You can't directly convert the prices either as generally parts are a lot cheaper in the US then UK. Instead of $500 = £325, $500 of PC parts is closer to £500.
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    13thmonkey , 23 September 2011 18:34
    joedastuddIt wouldn't really work.Some of the brands readily available in the US aren't easy to acquire or as cheap in the UK.On top of that the UK tends to get new parts slightly later and at higher intail costs.You can't directly convert the prices either as generally parts are a lot cheaper in the US then UK. Instead of $500 = £325, $500 of PC parts is closer to £500.


    the problem for toms is that they then have to create two discrete builds, one for the US and one for the UK with all of the testing and blagging that involves. And then where do you stop? one for Australia, Germany, etc...