System Builder Marathon: $2,500 Enthusiast PC

Benchmark Results: Productivity

3D Studio Max was the only benchmark in our Productivity suite to run under the Vista x64 operating system of October's $4,500 build, because our custom benchmark files were written exclusively for 32-bit operating systems. The remaining benchmarks are the primary reason why our $2,500 PC was limited to a 32-bit friendly 3.0 GB of RAM, but the lack of previous results forces our new system to stand alone in those tests.

3D Studio Max loves the Core i7 architecture, making the highly-overclocked $4,500 Core 2 system look slow by comparison.

CPU overclocking provided the biggest benefits in Photoshop and Winzip. Virus scanners are often limited by hard drive speed, and the smaller difference between overclocked and stock speeds when using RAM Drive are probably indicative of our smaller memory overclock.

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  • daglesj
    Hmm why bother with RAID5 on what is essentially a gaming rig?

    If it was for your home business, a server or your machine that you keep everything 'precious' on maybe. But this is a gaming rig first (if it isnt why have 3xGPUS?) and foremost. If it crashes out so what, just reinstall the games.

    Nice to have but no way essential. Rather have a Raptor for system and a 1TB for junk.
  • Rocketeer007
    To Daglesj - I can see the point of the RAID5. While you may consider a "Gaming Rig" to contain nothing but games, sheer laziness means that my "Gaming Rig" does everything around the house. It's spec'd up to play games blisteringly fast, but I still have all my photos, emails and important documents on it. I did have a "Work" rig for all these, but I'm too lazy to wait for it too boot!

    Just one point regarding this review though: Can you please re-do the graphs so they all show the four computers (December OC, December PC, October OC, October PC) in the same order? There's no consistency here, which means I have to keep consulting the tiny key at the bottom to see which is which - it's not even always in "Fastest first" order, so that justification won't fly!
  • Anonymous
    Optical - LG GGC-H20LK 6X Blu-Ray/HD DVD-ROM, 16X DVD±RW - $23
    ok a Blu-Ray/HD DVD drive for $23 where from?????

    ijn the uk there £50+ still! and iv not seen them that cheap in the us! (newegg is $110) so think somone made a mistake on costings there!