$1300 Gaming Computer Features Four 1GB Video Cards
Tom’s Hardware cooked up another value-for-money gaming system, again part of the website’s September 2009 System Builder’s Marathon. This time, they managed to squeeze in four video cards—each featuring a gigabyte of memory—working in tandem into a $1250 budget. Here are the parts chosen by Tom’s experts:
|CPU||AMD Phenom II X4 945 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor||$170|
|CPU Cooler||XIGMATEK HDT-RS1283 120mm CPU Cooler||$35|
|Motherboard||MSI 790FX-GD70 ATX AMD Motherboard||$165|
|Memory||Patriot Viper 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory||$85|
|Video Card||Four (4) GIGABYTE GV-R485OC-1GH Radeon HD 4850 1GB Video Cards||$480|
|Hard Disk||Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 3.5″ SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive||$75|
|Power Supply||PC Power & Cooling S75CF 750W Power Supply||$120|
|Optical Drive||Sony Optiarc Black 24X||$33|
|Case||NZXT TEMPEST Crafted Series CS-NT-TEM-B Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window||$100|
Prices are of course are current as of this writing (September 25, 2009). Prices may change depending on supply and demand, so feel free to comment with any relevant updates below.
So, just how confident is Tom’s about this desktop?
…As a result, we see that the $1,250 AMD/ATI system comes up with a slight win over the previous SBM’s Intel and GeForce box.
Once again, we think the new system’s gaming advantage would have demonstrated itself a lot more at the 2560×1600 resolution, but without having benched the previous system at that resolution, it’s hard to say. What we can say for sure is that this new $1,250 AMD build is a solid high-resolution gaming box.
If spending close to $1300 for a gaming desktop is a bit out of your league, consider the $700 gaming desktop featured yesterday.