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  • O/C Tech: Making AMD's Socket AM1 Viable
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    O/C Tech: Making AMD's Socket AM1 Viable

    AMD's socket AM1 is notoriously slow and gloriously inexpensive. Contributor Joe Trott tunes his machine in an effort to answer the question: Can this...

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  • System Builder Marathon Q2 2015: Value Comparison
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    System Builder Marathon Q2 2015: Value Comparison

    Now that we’ve built four PCs with matching budgets, which builder, and which machine, owns the title of best performance for $1600?

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  • System Builder Marathon Q2 2015: $1600 Mini Gaming PC
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    System Builder Marathon Q2 2015: $1600 Mini Gaming PC

    Because you asked for it, we put an Intel Core i5 and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 into a mini-ITX case. But how does it perform compared to its larger t...

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  • System Builder Marathon Q2 2015: $1600 Gaming PC
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    System Builder Marathon Q2 2015: $1600 Gaming PC

    For this quarter’s SBM, we built a gaming PC with a GeForce 980 paired with a Core i5. Can it keep up with our i7-based builds from previous SBMs?

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  • System Builder Marathon Q2 2015: $1600 Mini Performance PC
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    System Builder Marathon Q2 2015: $1600 Mini Performance...

    We’ve seen how far I can push a six-core Haswell-E in our full-sized performance build, but can the same performance level fit into a mini cube?

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  • System Builder Marathon Q2 2015: $1600 Performance PC
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    System Builder Marathon Q2 2015: $1600 Performance PC

    This month’s high-end build looks lighter than its predecessor, yet includes a six-core Haswell-E CPU. Will the shift away from graphics kill its gami...

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  • System Builder Marathon Q1 2015: Alternative $1750 PC
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    System Builder Marathon Q1 2015: Alternative $1750 PC

    Are more CPU cores the answer to performance-based value? An experimental system based on reader feedback helps us determine where the need for better...

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  • System Builder Marathon Q1 2015: System Value Compared
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    System Builder Marathon Q1 2015: System Value Compared

    Bigger budgets brought an almost-universal per-builder value decrease, though a few alternative metrics allowed the better machines to top the value c...

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  • System Builder Marathon Q1 2015: $1750 Performance PC
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    System Builder Marathon Q1 2015: $1750 Performance PC

    Can an extra $150 eliminate the compromises of last quarter’s high-end build? We attempt to answer that while following your most-requested recipe for...

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