Editor's Choice alternatives
The build on the previous page may resemble what TR editors would build for themselves, but that doesn't mean you can't make a few careful substitutions while retaining the spirit of the Editor's Choice.
|Processor||Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz||$319.99|
|Graphics||Zotac GeForce GTX 660 Ti AMP!||$299.99|
|Storage||Samsung EcoGreen F4 2TB||$129.99|
|Case||Corsair Graphite Series 600T||$159.99|
As we said on the previous page, we don't consider the Core i7-3770K to be a particularly good deal—all it gets you, compared to the i5-3570K, is a slight clock speed increase and Hyper-Threading capabilities. However, we acknowledge that some users will want the top-of-the-line chip, be it for bragging rights or because their multitasking needs justify the extra threads. If that's the case, go right ahead.
The GeForce GTX 660 Ti is the Radeon HD 7950's natural adversary, and this Zotac version of the GTX 660 Ti has clock speeds well above those of Nvidia's reference. Our scatter plots show this card on par with the 7950 Boost overall.
Sadly, as far as we're aware, the GTX 660 Ti doesn't come with any free games. Nvidia fans and folks not eager to play Sleeping Dogs, Hitman: Absolution, and Far Cry 3 probably won't mind, but if you're considering buying even one of those titles, the Radeon is the better deal.
For our alternative mechanical sidekick, we're bringing back the 2TB EcoGreen F4 from the Sweet Spot alternatives. Again, this drive is a little cheaper than the competition, and it seems to have better reviews overall.
Although it's bulkier and doesn't look quite as good as the 650D, Corsair's Graphite Series 600T enclosure costs 24 bucks less and earned a TR Editor's Choice Award. Also, it's available in white, if you're into that sort of thing. (Note that the exact flavor of the Graphite 600T we reviewed is no longer in stock; the version that's now selling has a mesh window on the left side panel. The case's other features look identical, though, and the price hasn't changed.)
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