System Builder Marathon: $625 Gaming PC

Benchmark Results: Applications

Our overclocking efforts awarded us with an impressive reduction in the time needed to render one 1080P frame in 3D Studio Max. Still, as we’ll see tomorrow, this is another application better suited for a quad-core CPU. This is where an inexpensive Phenom might come into play—we have our fingers crossed that the 45 nm Deneb chips prove to be highly overclockable.

The overclocked $625 PC applies filters in Photoshop far quicker than last month’s $500 and $1,500 systems did.

The stock-clocked $625 system completes an AVG scan in about the same time as it took last month’s overclocked $500 PC to do the job. The time to complete the task is reduced by 50 seconds with overclocking.

Raised CPU clock speeds delivered just a modest performance increase in WinRAR file compression compared to other applications. Last month’s $1,500 PC with a lower-clocked Q6600 finished almost one minute quicker.

We finish off our application suite with WinZip file compression where overclocking reduced job time by 45 seconds.

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  • Anonymous
    I'm sorry am I reading the US version? Get some GBP on the go
  • Solitaire
    Even if they did it'd be pointless; $625 is ~£400 or €480. And there is no way in hell you're going to get that spec machine for either of those amounts; rough guesstimate for that spec in Ireland is €630 - WELL over the $800 mark. And that's using really cheap e-tailers (sans eGay) and not counting the various shipping costs, which should bring the whole thing nicely past $850 and up toward $900 if you have a bad day with stock levels and specials. I doubt its THAT much better over there in Blighty.

    Summary: A pointless article - it just doesn't apply this side of the Pond.

    ... But I am interested by the E5200 remarks. It rather hilariously makes a certain recent overclocking article here on Toms look just a little bit ridiculous (an article which claims to OC an E7300 to 4GHz and fails, OCing it to 3.8GHz while claiming the E5200 is a poor part) How far is the E5200 OCd here? 4GHz stable, 4.3GHz possible...

    However, I noticed the bit about the FSB issues. Funny coincidence, I had issues a while back too, and while a BIOS update allowed me to push it higher the mobo was nowhere near 400MHz and used a lot of juice to keep it stable. Many others seem to have difficulty getting the E5200 stable when the FSB pushes past 400MHz as well, even on FSB1600-rated boards. Hmm...
  • bobwya
    anonymous6I'm sorry am I reading the US version? Get some GBP on the go

    "$ = £" mate...

    Ah I look at those prices and dream (of cheap computers)... :crazy: