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Written by Vito Cassisi - Edited by Olin Coles   
Sunday, 27 June 2010
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Enthusiast PC Build - Q3 2010

Performance is often attributed to expensive objects of desire. In the automobile space, it's generally accepted that a higher performing vehicle will incur a significant markup over the average fuel-efficient family offerings. Computing is much the same. Retail OEM machines are pre-built at predetermined price points, often targeting the humble office/Internet-centric user. Performance isn't a primary concern for these systems, nor are upgradability or customisation. On the other hand, you have the expensive 'gamer' orientated machines which cost several thousands of dollars! This is where Benchmark Reviews steps in. We've sat down and created three enthusiast machines without the dreaded price gauge of many pre-built setups - the 'Enthusiast PC Build' for Q3 2010!

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So what is a custom computer, and how does it differ from a machine at my local retail store? When you purchase an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) machine from a store, the tower is ready to go. There's no construction required bar connecting external peripherals such as the monitor, keyboard, and mouse. This is convenient for most people, but it's often unclear as to what hardware you're really getting under the hood. In fact, there's a good chance that some components are custom made, which restricts future upgrade paths due to non-standard parts. It also makes the prospect of enthusiast tweaking such as overclocking difficult, if not straight out impossible.

This guide will take you through the process of designing a modern performance machine, with focus on which components to look out for. The budget ranges from $1000 to $1500; external peripherals and OS are up to you. So if you're like us, and want to pump out the best benchmarks whilst maintaining a healthy budget, then join in as we embark on a journey of custom computer design!



 

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# Exactly 2 months after he dissed the i7-930...Greg 2010-06-27 16:56
...Olin has finally seen the light and acquired one.
More power to him!

IMHO, it's the fastest processor that makes sense to buy right now.
(Micro Center sells it for $200.)
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# Seriously?Olin Coles 2010-06-27 16:59
LOL! I'm not the only person writing for Benchmark Reviews... this was Vito's project!

For the record, I never 'dissed' the i7-930 at all. I'm not even sure where you got that, because our previous discussion was about how more people had the i7-920.
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# These are configurations of PC lenses!Federico La Morgia 2010-06-27 23:20
I guess we just do not, these configurations are for enthusiast gamers, but gamers medium level.
If you want you can benchmark review I propose a configuration enthusiast gamers, since daily selling PCs because of this score:)
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# RE: Enthusiast Custom PC Build Q3-2010Robert17 2010-06-28 04:31
Well done!

I've upgraded continuously for 21 years tossing a few bucks at a time into replacing older components. When the kids were growing up I had three units networked which killed my ability to perform a new build. During those years a new build utilizing higher performance parts such as you list above, all modern and shiney new, would have cost a couple of thousand bucks easily. I recall performing the "dream" exercise a few times with an outcome of $3000 to $5000.

It's remarkable that such "hot rods" are relatively afordable these days. Just goes to show what free markets are all about. Now that the kids have left us empty nesting the upgrades are on a little quicker path and I'm enjoying my hobby with gusto. Thanks for your help, along with a few others, in keeping pace with the rapid changes.
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# NobodyJames the Hamster 2010-07-31 13:52
I have always wanted to do a build using the I7 920, now I think I will use the 930. Appreciate the info, and what I may need to build a decent build.
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# Building Custom PCRob Mills 2010-12-24 05:44
Great guide and packed full of tips - I was going to be attempting a custom build myself recently although it all started to look a little overwhelming when trying to get all the componenets together - I didn't realise that I have recently noticed a number of website systems such as ##computerplanet.co.uk where you can build your own system choosing the parts as you go like CPU, motherboard, graphics card etc so i might end up using something such as this - at least i can select the parts i require/need whilst keeping a close eye on budget as i am building it.

Would you recommend this or do you reckon i should just jump straight in and try building one myself? heh.
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# RE: Building Custom PCOlin Coles 2010-12-25 03:40
I recommend building the computer yourself. It's not very difficult, and there's plenty of instruction available (especially on this website). Plus, you'll be able to repair/upgrade your own system if it's ever necessary.
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