It has been a little while since The Tech Report has placed an AMD processor in anything but their value machine, but the Phenom II X3 720 BE was just too irresistible a bargain to leave out.  It now has a place of honour in their Utility Player, a machine that will let you play all the new games without even breaking $1000.  Another new feature is the kitchen PC, design to “let you look up recipes, run instant messaging software, and watch DVDs while taking as little space as possible on your kitchen counter”.  You could also think of it as a dorm room machine, or really any other place where space is at a premium but a PC with Internet access would help you out.  Check out all five builds here.

“Our latest system guide includes a series of firsts: a Phenom II X3 has landed in one of our primary builds, our cheapest Core i7 config has dropped to around $1,300, and we’ve thrown a kitchen PC into the mix.”

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