Editor's Choice alternatives
Just because the Editor's Choice is full of our favorites doesn't mean we don't have a few alternative propositions in mind.
|Processor||Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz||$319.99|
|Graphics||Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 Boost||$299.99|
|Storage||Samsung EcoGreen F4 2TB||$129.99|
|Case||Corsair Graphite Series 600T||$159.99|
As far as 22-nm Ivy Bridge processors go, it doesn't get much better than the Core i7-3770K. This monster has four cores, eight threads, a 3.5GHz base speed, a 3.9GHz Turbo speed, and somehow, despite it all, a power envelope of only 77W. We still think the Core i5-3570K offers better performance per dollar, simply because it's cheaper and not that much slower. If you want the best this platform has to offer, though, the Core i7-3770K is the way to go.
For extra mass storage, we're still recommending the Samsung EcoGreen F4 2TB. Just don't put your operating system on this thing, because it has a low spindle speed aimed at cutting noise and power consumption.
While we prefer the Obsidian Series 650D, Corsair's Graphite Series 600T is certainly worth considering as an alternative. It's cheaper, has a TR Editor's Choice award, and offers finer-grained fan speed controls than the 650D. The 600T also has a more rounded, pudgy-looking external design. Internally, though, the two cases are almost identical. The only other major functional difference is that the 600T doesn't have a drive dock at the top like the 650D.
Oh, and there's a white version available.