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Old Jun 27, 2009, 12:00 PM   #1
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Computer Case The Tech Report's Summer 2009 System Guide

The system I built based on one of TR's 2008 guides turned out very well, so I would definitely trust the information given here.

The sun is shining. You can hear the faint sound of lawnmowers off in the distance. It's summer... time for a new TR system guide.

Aside from a few new processors, most notably AMD's dual-core Phenom II derivatives, we haven't seen a whole lot of new hardware come out since our April guide. However, the combination of those few launches and sinking prices has allowed us to reshape our $500 Econobox and $800 Utility Player builds quite considerably. No, really. The former now has an unlocked, dual-core Phenom II and DDR3 RAM, while the latter now sports a speedy quad-core processor.

Our Sweeter Spot and Double-Stuff Workstation have been updated, as well, and we've added a fifth configuration: the Pocket Swiss Army Knife. This latest addition is teeny Mini-ITX system with a dual-core Pentium processor and enough expansion capacity to become a compact, low-power gaming rig, a little home-theater PC, or the world's smallest quad-core box. Keep reading for all the juicy details.


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Old Jun 27, 2009, 02:52 PM   #2
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Their system guides are always good. Love teh TR.

I love how even the econo-box comes stocked out with 4Gb of DDR3 ram.

Edit: I love how the sweeter spot almost mirrors my rig (CPU, mobo, PSU) with the main difference being a 4890 over my 4870 and a smaller difference of using a different brand of ram of the same speed
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Old Jun 27, 2009, 03:04 PM   #3
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Their system guides are always good. Love teh TR.

I love how even the econo-box comes stocked out with 4Gb of DDR3 ram.

Edit: I love how the sweeter spot almost mirrors my rig (CPU, mobo, PSU) with the main difference being a 4890 over my 4870 and a smaller difference of using a different brand of ram of the same speed
Hehe. I based mine off of the Summer 2008 Sweet Spot, but it ended up closer to the Back-to-School Sweet Spot, which The Tech Report did not specify until a week or so after I ordered my parts.
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This article is SPOT ON with the reccomendations and illistrates the strength of the AMD platform when cost is more of an issue. I really like how they did not try to throw the biggest and baddest Phenom II around. I have said from the start the X3 and the lower speed 900 series are better buys and deserve more attention. Plus the Phenom II X2 is a killer chip for a dual core.

I will however say that I would only choose the X2 over the X3 for a dedicated gaming system. I mean if you are doing nothing but gaming and then either MMOs or FPS the X2 SHINES! However I think the X3 is still the real sweet spot in the AMD line up.

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I like the Swiss Army Knife rig. Its a pity ATI doesn't make All-in-Wonder cards anymore, one of those would be perfect for that system.
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I agree with that article 99% (I would pick an Athlon X2 over Phenom X2 when price is an issue). Otherwise, they are completely accurate in both their hardware and OS recommendations. It's easy to figure out that it is written by knowledgable people.
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I like the Swiss Army Knife rig. Its a pity ATI doesn't make All-in-Wonder cards anymore, one of those would be perfect for that system.
But there are tons of good USB tuners now, having it integrated isn't as big of a benefit.
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might use something like this when I build a MAME machine sometime in the future.

My computer is OLD and I haven't been upgrading anything since I got together with the wife every once in a while I read through some tech articles and I feel the urge.

I've had a P4 cpu for ages now and it just doesn't seem to cut it anymore
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Maybe this stick should come down by now
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