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System Builder Marathon: Day 4
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Tom's System Builder Marathon Motherboards: MSI K9N4 Ultra-F, MSI P965 Platinum, Asus Striker Extreme

Now that you know where our heads are at, here's a recap of the components we chose for the three systems, and the costs of those components. Remember, we didn't include the OS or a monitor in these costs. In all cases we concentrated on the hardware, the components that affect performance.

Low-Priced PC Component Costs
CPU AMD Athlon X2 3800+ AM2 £60 / €90
CPU Cooler AMD Boxed Cooler £0 / €0
Motherboard MSI K9N4 Ultra-F £40 / €60
RAM Wintec AMPO PC2-6400 1GB £50 / €60
Graphics XFX GeForce 7600 GT £100 / €140
Hard Drive Samsung HD160JJ - P80SD £45 / €50
Sound Onboard Audio £0 / €0
Case Coolermaster Centurion 5 £40 / €70
Power Fortron Source AX450-PN £40 / €50
DVD-RW Sony NEC Optiarc Black AD-7170S-0B 18X SATA £20 / €35
Total Price £395 / €555
Mid-Priced PC Component Cost
CPU Core 2 Duo E6600 £150 / €200
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper TX £20 / €40
Motherboard MSI P965 Platinum £85 / €125
RAM Patriot eXtreme Performance PDC22G6400LLK £100 / €150
Graphics EVGA GeForce 8800GTS PN: 320-P2-N811-AR £200 / €300
Hard Drive Western Digital Caviar RE2 WD5000YS £100 / €150
Sound Onboard Audio 0
Case SILVERSTONE TEMJIN SST-TJ02SW £73 / €115
Power AeroCool ZERODBA-S620 £90 / €100
DVD-RW Sony NEC Optiarc Black AD-7170S-0B 18X SATA £20 / €35
Total Price £838 / €1,215
High-End PC Component Cost
CPU Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 £650 / €910
CPU Cooler Ultra ChillTec £90 / €115
Motherboard Asus Striker Extreme £230 / €320
RAM Crucial Ballistix DDR2 1000 PC2-8000 - 2GB £250 / €300
Graphics 2x XFX GeForce 8800GTX PN: PVT80FSHF9 £800 / €1,040
Hard Drive 2x Western Digital Caviar RE2 WD5000YS £200 / €300
Sound Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty FPS £140 / €160
Case LIAN LI PC-60A PLUSII £100 / €130
Power PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad £120 / €140
DVD-RW Sony NEC Optiarc 7170 SATA £20 / €35
Total Price £2,600 / €3,450
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