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So there you have it. Going by the most popular options in the poll, we can conclude that the typical TR reader's system looks something like this:

  • A quad-core Intel CPU with an aftermarket heatsink and fan
  • A single GPU, either AMD or Nvidia, that cost between $200 and $399 at the time of purchase
  • At least 8GB of RAM
  • An Asus or Gigabyte motherboard
  • A solid-state drive larger than 128GB
  • A DVD drive
  • An ATX case and a motherboard with only one expansion slot populated
  • A single display with a 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 resolution
  • And an Internet connection with only 5Mbps of upstream

That's pretty flattering for the most part, although the form factor and optical storage choices may raise a few eyebrows. The same goes for low Internet upstream speeds, although as I said on the last page, we can't blame users for that.

In closing, I should point out the obvious: since this data is all self-reported, it might be biased slightly in favor of folks who like to brag about their PCs. If that bias exists, though, it's small. Only a minority of readers reported having latest-gen processors and graphics cards, with the majority being a generation or more behind. Since CPU and GPU performance has been largely stagnating for the past year or two, that doesn't take away from our observation about TR readers springing for high-end parts—but it does tell us our data are probably pretty accurate.TR

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