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Graphics Cards And Hard Drive

System Builder Marathon, March 2010: $750 Gaming PC

Graphics Cards: Two Sapphire 100245HDMI Radeon HD 4850 512MB

We can’t say for sure how long the Radeon HD 4850 will remain available for around $100, but its return was a welcome sight to the eyes of this system builder.

Read Customer Reviews of Sapphire's Radeon HD 4850 512MB

Sapphire’s heat sink and quiet variable-speed fan effectively cool this Radeon HD 4850 far better than the original single-slot reference design ever did. CrossFire bridge connectors are included in the bundle, sweetening this deal even further for the intended use in our system.

The $650 SBM PC in September also used two of these 100245HDMI cards, although Sapphire has since redesigned the printed circuit board (PCB). The cards are not advertised as factory overclocked, but they came clocked at 650 MHz GPU and 1,000 MHz GDDR3, just like the company’s Vapor-X model.

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS

Read Customer Reviews of Western Digital's Caviar Black 640GB

We could have saved $20 and once again gone with 500GB of storage, but the Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB hard drive offers gamers a good blend of capacity, performance, and affordability. This 7,200 RPM, SATA 3 Gb/s drive has dual processors, 32MB cache, and is backed by a five-year warranty.

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