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Performance and Conclusions

Since the point of any overclocking is to improve performance, we tested it with 3DMark11 benchmark (v 1.01, released just before posting of this article) and canned stand-alone benchmarks for Aliens vs. Predator and Lost Planet 2. The system was perfectly stable through all of this testing, so further overclocking is possible. 3D Performance Test

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Fine Tuning Acoustics & Cooling

Anyone who has played around with fan speeds, monitored CPU and GPU temperatures, and paid any attention to the noise from their PC knows that there is a somewhat complex interdependency between airflow, cooling and noise. (You could say that SPCR is an ongoing, continuous study of these various factors through the hardware changes in

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Installation

The Antec Nine Hundred case is easy to work in, with all the uninterrupted space inside. Installation of the motherboard and power supply would be trivial even for a novice builder, so they are not covered here. This is a pic of the finished system but it’s also a good shot of the Antec Three

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Initial Assembly

We began by installing the AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE in the ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 motherboard. The Scythe Mugen 2 went on after the OCZ memory sticks were installed, as the fan on the heatsink blocks the RAM slots closest to the CPU. Then the AMD HD 6870 video card, OCZ Vertex 2 60GB

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Silent Mid Gaming PC Build Guide

The relentless downward pressure on PC component prices has made it possible for enthusiasts to assemble ever more powerful yet inexpensive systems. In our hands, $1,000 is enough to assemble a PC capable of pretty high performance game play at astonishingly low noise levels. We showed you how to assemble a Silent SFF Gaming rig

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Scythe Musashi Installation

SCYTHE MUSASHI INSTALLTION Our original plan was to reuse the cooling plate from the AMD reference cooler and install the GELID Icy Vision over top of it. Unfortunately the Icy Vision turned out to be too tall so we instead used the Scythe Musashi. For full installation/mounting instructions and details please read our full review

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Case & Power Supply

  CASE: Silverstone Sugo SG07 Of the current crop of mini-ITX cases on the market, the Silverstone Sugo SG07 seems to be the most capable for a gaming system. This Shuttle-style enclosure is big for a case of its class, but all the space inside is used well and the extra room coupled with heavy

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SFF Gaming System Test Results

TEST RESULTS With the rig fully assembled we first had to find what speeds to use for the intake, CPU, and GPU fans while maintaining acceptable temperatures. To do this we stressed the system with both Prime95 and FurMark, producing a load level higher than any real world application — a worst case scenario. The

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Processor, CPU Cooler & Motherboard

CPU: Intel Core i5-760 The graphics card is the star of show, the main factor in gaming performance, but it is pointless having a high performance GPU without a CPU that can keep up. While a large proportion of PC games don’t benefit from having a quad core processor compared to a dual, the latest

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Drives & Cost Breakdown

STORAGE: OCZ Vertex 2 60GB As PC games become increasingly large, load times can slow to crawl especially when a mechanical hard drive is being used. The tech community has crowned the OCZ Vertex 2 and other models featuring Sandforce’s controller as the pick of the litter when it comes to affordable SSDs. A cleaned

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