BestConfigs - Budget Intel-Based Gaming PC

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  1. Ok
    This is what I would do with $1k

    Proc: i5-760
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115067

    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 92mm SSO CPU Cooler
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608016

    MB: Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128425

    RAM: Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148262

    GPU: ZOTAC ZT-40402-10P GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500169

    HD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136283

    Case: COOLER MASTER ELITE 335 RC-335-KKN1-GP
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119161

    PSU: CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-650HX 650W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139012

    Optical: Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118039

    Optical 2: LITE-ON Black 4X Blu-ray Reader SATA Model iHOS104-06 - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106325

    Total: $998.90 (Before $20 MIR for PSU)
  2. I'm actually doing a full system that includes a monitor and keyboard/mouse.. 1920x1080p gaming nowadays is a must and not everyone has a good monitor to start out with. I'm assuming the builder is starting from scratch and has a valid *cough, cough* copy of Windows

    Processor:i5 750 - $195 (just a little cheaper than 760 and offers great OC performance)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215

    Motherboard:Biostar H55 Micro ATX - $70 (great little board for this category)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138189

    RAM:G.SKILL 4GB DDR3 1600 - $90
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231193

    Graphics Card:Zotac GTX 460 1GB - $220 (a must for 1920x1080p gaming)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500169

    Hard-drive:Hitachi 1TB 7200rpm SATA 3Gb/s - $70
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145304

    Power Supply:Seasonic 520w 80+Bronze Certified - $60 (only the best)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151094

    Keyboard:Logitech K120 Black USB wired - $15
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126096

    Mouse:Logitech M500 Corded Laser Mouse - $37
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826104328

    LCD Monitor:ASUS 23" 2ms 1920x1080 LED backlit - $200 (must have for 1920x1080)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236075

    Total = $996.60 before shipping for a complete system. This build is only more valuable if you overclock.
  3. Processor: i5 760
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115067
    Motherboard: MSI P55A-G55
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130292
    Memory: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226103
    Graphics card: MSI R5850 Twin Frozr II
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127500
    Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119196
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 Plus Bronze Cert.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207002
    DVD Burner: LITE-ON DVD drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106333

    Price: $984.92 Before shipping, MIR, Discount, Shipping is 5.79

    Price: (After the XFXPOWER Newegg promo) $974.21

    Are you guys including discounts from promos and MIRs? If so I'd build this differently.
  4. Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827118039 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118039
    R
    $18.99

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148433

    $74.99


    two 460gtx galaxy http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162058 there 10 cheaper a piece

    -$40.00 Instant

    ($179.99 each)

    2 = $360.00
    MSI P55-GD65 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130239
    $20.00 Mail-in Rebate13-130-239
    $159.99



    Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I5750 combo
    OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.469003 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.469003

    -$55.00 Instant
    -$24.99 Combo
    $25.00 Mail-in Rebate Card17-341-018

    $329.98
    $249.99

    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ combo
    NZXT BETA EVO Classic Series CS-NT-BETA-EVO Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.469301 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.469301
    -$20.00 Instant
    -$15.00 Combo


    $154.98
    $119.98
    2 case fans http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233009
    $14.00


    Grand Total: $997.92 not including rebates. ($65. that i would use for a cpu cooler) like http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186134
  5. This system is based off of what I built for myself, but includes an upgraded GPU...


    Processor: Intel i5-750...$194.99...free shipping

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215


    Motherboard: EVGA P55 SLI...$179.99...($40.00 rebate)...free shipping

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188055


    RAM: CORSAIR...XMS3...2 x 2GB @ 1600...$93.99...(10.00 rebate)...free shipping

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145260


    Graphics Card: EVGA GTX 460 Superclocked 1GB...$239.99...($10.00 rebate)...$7.56 shipping

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130571


    Hard Drive: WD 640GB Black...$74.99...free shipping

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319


    Case: ANTEC-Nine Hundred Two...$119.95...$9.99 shipping

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129058


    Power Supply: CORSAIR TX750W...$109.99...($10.00 rebate)...$1.99 shipping

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006


    DVD Burner: ASUS 24X...$22.99...free shipping

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204


    TOTAL: ($1,036.88) - ($70.00 Rebates) + ($19.54 Shipping) = $986.42
  6. Screw the i5! Think outside the box!

    Processor: Xenon 3440 4 core/8 thread $232.49
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117225

    Motherboard: MSI H55-GD65 LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI ATX Intel $139.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130268

    Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $92.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

    Case/PSU: Rosewill R519-BK Black Computer Case 500W Power Supply $59.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147081

    Burner: LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X $17.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136180

    Video: 2X GIGABYTE GV-R583UD-1GD Radeon HD 5830 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 $199.99 x 2
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125317&cm_re=hd_5830-_-14-125-317-_-Product

    HD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB $54.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148395


    Total $998.42
  7. Okay, so I decided to do a little build myself - it's an SLI setup of two GTX 460's (768MB) with an i5-750:

    Processor (with aftermarket cooler) - $229.98:

    i5-750 w/GELID Solutions Tranquillo


    Motherboard - $74.99:

    EVGA P55V Micro ATX Intel Motherboard


    RAM - $93.99:

    G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)


    Graphics cards - $179.99 each:

    Two Galaxy GeForce GTX 460's GC 768MB w/a free copy of Just Cause 2 (I think it's one free copy per card :) )


    HDD - $54.99 ($15 off with promo code; code used in calculations):

    Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB Internal Hard Drive


    Case - $69.99:

    NZXT Crafted Series Vulcan Black Steel / Plastic Gaming mATX Computer Case


    Power Supply - $89.99:

    Thermaltake TR2 BRONZE 700W Power Supply


    DVD Burner - $18.99:

    Sony Optiarc Black CD/DVD Burner


    Price excluding shipping & handling, excluding rebates:

    $977.90


    Price including shipping & handling, excluding rebates:

    $1008.10 (Gosh, I hate s&h charges :fou: )


    Price including shipping & handling, including rebates:

    $948.10


    Oh, and btw I'm huge on making sure the RAM is 100% compatible with the motherboard - I definitely did my research on that. Also, I made sure the case could house a tower heatsink, and it can fit up to 170mm+, so that's not a problem either (source of info from the NZXT website).


    Had to end up changing the power supply because the one I put up went out of stock overnight. This is another good one, and hopefully it'll stay in stock long enough for this whole ordeal lol.
  8. Well I got a Intel i7-875 unlocked quad core CPU and a GeForce 4600 GPU all for under $1000.


    LITE-ON DVD Writer - Bulk - Black SATA Model iHAS224-06 LightScribe Support - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827106333 $19.99


    Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    Item #: N82E16811129042 $59.95


    Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822136283 $59.99


    SPARKLE SXX460768D5NM GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    Item #: N82E16814187112 $189.99


    CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ...
    Item #: N82E16817139006 $109.99


    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
    Item #: N82E16820231303 $97.99


    GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813128425 $119.99


    Intel Core i7-875K Lynnfield 2.93GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Unlocked Desktop Processor BX80605I7875K
    Item #: N82E16819116368 $329.99

    Subtotal: $987.88

    Rebates: $20.00

    Shipping $14.82

    Final total $982.70

    If you do not like the rebates then swap to this power supply and your under $1000 without the rebates and not loosing much.

    COOLER MASTER GX Series RS750-ACAAE3-US 750W ATX12V v2.31 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    Item #: N82E16817171053 $99.99
  9. SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223C - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827151192
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)

    $17.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151192


    Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    Item #: N82E16811129066
    Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
    $69.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066


    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822148395
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)

    -$5.00 Instant $59.99
    $54.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148395


    EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    Item #: N82E16814130550
    Return Policy: VGA Replacement Only Return Policy
    -$30.00 Instant
    $20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $349.99
    $319.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130550



    CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ...
    Item #: N82E16817139004
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$15.00 Instant
    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $104.99
    $89.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004


    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
    Item #: N82E16820231303
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    $97.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303


    GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813128412
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)

    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $139.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128412


    Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760
    Item #: N82E16819115067
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)

    $209.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115067
    Subtotal: $1,000.92
    40.00 MIR
    28.32 shipping
  10. +1 for 2x GTX 460 SLI

    CPU - i5 760
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115067

    Mobo - ASUS P7P55D EVO
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131407

    RAM - Mushkin 4GB DDR3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226092

    CASE - NZXT BETA EVO Classic
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146059
    + additonal fan -
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835200049

    Graphic cards - 2x GTX 460
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162058

    PSU - Antec EA 650W - We know it can handle 2x HD 4870s, so 2x GTX 460s should be fine...

    HDD - Samsung F3 500GB

    DVD - Lite-On or ASUS SATA DVD...

    The reason why I left out SSD is to include the additonal GTX 460...
    A gamer would appreciate more FPS than faster load times...
  11. call me crazy, ( i already know i'm going to take flack for the case, there are better and cheaper i checked newegg and saw some decent ones for $10-15 less but future add-in upgradability is my preference) so here goes:

    I-7 930 $199.99
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0331303

    Gigabyte GA-X58-UDR3 $219.99
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0327331

    OCZ Obsidian DDR3 4GB (2x2GB) 1600 (PC3 12800) $83.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227495

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0GB/S $89.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533

    EVGA Geforce GTX460 Superclocked 1024MB GDDR5 EE $249.99
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0342820

    Thermaltake V4 Black Edition VM30001W2Z ATX Mid Tower $44.99
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0340862

    Coolermaster GX 750W ATX $79.99
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0328087

    Sony Optiarc 7260S-OB 24X SATA CD/DVD-DL+/-RW $18.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118039

    grand total damage: $987.92 + $22 shipping . ( i know i ordered all but the memory and case last week from microcenter. for unknown reasons the CPU is in-store pick up only atm).

    yes newegg has better deals on PSU, Case, and DVD Burners. i'm just an odd duck and liked this combo a teenie tiny bit more. some rebates ($20&$15&$10= -$45) not figured in or listed. tried to stay a bit under for a better cpu sink/fan combo, but you can just use the extra else where & or for case fans.
  12. This is my Intel Build Gaming PC.

    Processor:
    Intel™ Core™ i7 920 2.66 ghz 8mb 4.8 GTs
    Motherboard:
    Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R
    RAM:
    8Gb DDR3 2000/PC3 16000 G.Skill Trident Dual Channel
    F3-16000CL9Q-8GBTD
    Graphics Card:
    GIGABYTE® ATI® Radeon HD5850 - 1GB GDDR5, 256-Bit
    Hard Drive:
    WDC Caviar Black 640gb/64mb (WD6402AAEX)
    WDC Caviar Green 2tb/64mb (WD20EARS)
    Case:
    Cooler Master HAF 922 Gamer's Case Mesh Side
    Power Supply:
    Corsair (HX850) 850watts HX series
    DVD Burner:
    Lite On Blu Ray Burner
  13. Reasonable price / TOTAL: $559.92 exc. shipping
    (you can spend spare money for windows 7 licence and/or new display)

    I think this build is fast enough and should last at least 3-4 years.

    Best components are CPU and GPU- its a best buy i think

    2x hard drives (this is I think choke point of every modern pc so I went for 2 in raid)

    Motherboard is quite basic, slower than non graphic MBs but should work

    Case and power supply is just a neccesarily evil, neutral black color and 480W PS is good enough (with good reserve as 350W would still work)

    CPU: intel core2-quadcore 2.5 (quite expensive but still good buy)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115207

    Motherboard: MSI / G31 chipset/ very good price
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130279

    RAM: 4GB DDR2 800 ultra low latency 4-4-4-12
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148212

    GPU: RADEON HD 5770/ 1GB / 128-bit
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161338

    Hard drive: 2x Samsung SATA II 320 GB(640 total) 7200 RPM 16MBcache(32 total), average latency 4.17ms (in raid 1)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152244

    Case (power supply included): ATX Mid Tower / Black / with 480W power supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811148044

    DVD burner: LG 22x black Sata, LightScribe support
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136168

    TOTAL: $559.92 exc. shipping


    with os, display, mouse and keyboard

    keyboard: keytronic, very good quality I have one for almost 7 years now

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823131060

    Mouse: basic logitech, black 1000dpi

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826104365

    Display: Samsung 21.5'' 1920*1080 LED backlight

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001417

    OS: windows 7 home

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754

    TOTAL: $887.88
  14. thesmokingman14 said:


    I hate to be the one to break it to you, but that power supply doesn't have enough 6-pin connectors for two GTX 460's.
  15. processor : i5 750

    gpu : ASUS direct CU gtx 460

    motherboard hdd combo : EVGA P55- SLI and SEAGATE barracuda 500GB

    PSU RAM combo : corsair 750w and corsair 4GB ddr3 1600mhz (latency 7 :D )

    case : antec 600 black (if you care about quality more than looks and cooling... there are plenty other options)

    dvd rw: sony 24x dvd rw drive

    cpu cooler :hyper 212 plus

    total price (after promos rebates and shipping) : 830$ (i'm sure as its in my cart)

    if hdd speed/capacity is low, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181&cm_re=500gb_7200-_-22-152-181-_-Product can be added for a raid and still the price will just be 883$.

    WHY I SHOULD WIN: AMAZINGLY future proof.. with future SLI possibility and the scaling of the gtx 460 as well as the 750w psu, the possibilities are endless, also u spend $200 less than your budget :D

    thank you :)

    edit: saw some people including 2 gtx 460s within $1000...
    Take the cooler off, take an antec 300, u'll be able to fit another within the budget... and fyi, they have either gone down on the psu or the processor :)
  16. cyber_tron said:


    WHY I SHOULD WIN: AMAZINGLY future proof.. with future SLI possibility and the scaling of the gtx 460 as well as the 750w psu, the possibilities are endless, also u spend $200 less than your budget :D

    thank you :)


    why you shouldnt win :D


    you pay and wont use:
    1/dual gigabit lan
    2/ Sli for at least a couple of years
    3/ fast DDR3 controller
    4/cpu fan
    5/750w PSU

    i am 300 under your budget and when you upgrade to your SLI mode, I will buy a brand new MB,CPU and GPU(this time, maybe APU from AMD), using old components like GPU, HDs... :D
  17. IMHO I think there should be some restriction into how parts are picked.
    -No combo deals as they do take a significant discount

    -The total price must include all charges because if you spend $980 bucks on it then by adding the fees, it will go over budget

    -While in a low price is attractive, but that does not automatically means it's the best build.

    CPU: Intel Core i5 750 @ 2.66GHz
    The cheapest out of the bunch and while most of us wants a extreme edition just for bragging rights, the important thing is, it's your machine and who gives a damn what others have.

    Mobo: Asus P7P55 LX
    Lets you upgrade with the available PCI slot, sure PCIe is the new thing, but how many devices besides graphic card, do you see that uses PCIe?

    RAM: G.Skill RipJaw 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600

    GPU: HIS HD5870
    The high-end of the HD5000 series in terms of single GPU configurations.

    HDD: WD Blue 500GB SATA 3Gb/s
    Speedy, quiet, and has a 16mb of cache, also it's blue. :p

    CASE: Cooler Master CM690 II Basic

    PSU: Cooler Master 600w
    original price $119.99, you get $50 bucks instant rebate!

    DVD writer: LG DVD writer (SATA)

    subtotal: $960.92
    tax: none
    S&H: $12.99

    Grand total: $973.91
  18. @lp231: The 2nd PCIe slot is only x4, so I personally wouldn't run CrossFire on it. Not the best PSU either.
  19. Processor - Intel i5 760 $209

    Motherboard - BIOSTAR T5 XE CFX-SLI (don't laugh, read the reviews first) $134.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138162

    Memory - OCZ 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) XMP-Ready Rev.2 $94.99 (Before $20 mail in rebate)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227503

    Graphics - 2 X Galaxy 60XMH6HS3HMW GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) GC 768MB $359.98 (before $10 mail-in rebate per card)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162058

    HDD + Power Supply : Samsung Spinpoint F3 + OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W $99.98 (before $20 mail-in rebate)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.466067

    Case - Antec 300 $59.95

    CPU Cooler - ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler $35.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186134

    Optical Drive - Sony Optiarc CD/ DVD Burner $17
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118039


    Total (Before Shipping/Rebates) - $1011.87

    After Rebates - $951.87

    After Shipping - $998.87

    GRAND TOTAL (After factoring mail-in rebates & shipping) - $998.87

    Beat that.
  20. Shadow703793 said:
    @lp231: The 2nd PCIe slot is only x4, so I personally wouldn't run CrossFire on it. Not the best PSU either.


    The intention was not to use a crossfire build as this is a "budget" build. Also you can still use the 2nd PCIe x16 slot for other cards besides GPUs. The Asus U3S6 runs on PCIe x4.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813995004&cm_re=u3s6-_-13-995-004-_-Product

    For the PSU*, I've wanted Corsair as well, but I've remembered a few months ago you can get one for a reasonable price, now they've jacked up the price!


    Same with the Cooler Master Hyper 212+ all other places still sells if for $29 bucks, but newegg is selling at $50 dollars
    WTH?!


    *Changed it to something I've been using for many builds so far no complaints or maybe my luck is still there. :pt1cable:
  21. lp231 said:


    -The total price must include all charges because if you spend $980 bucks on it then by adding the fees, it will go over budget

    -While in a low price is attractive, but that does not automatically means it's the best build.


    with total price, shipping is different for each region, so it wouldnt be accurate

    and low price... I suppose people limited by low budget give priority to best benefit/cost ratio and as we know- marginal benefit/ratio is best somewhere around lower mid
  22. I'm going to try something a little different here...

    Processor: Core 2 Quad Q8400 $169.99
    Heat Sink: Hyper 212+ $49.99
    Motherboard: ASUS P5N-D LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX $89.98
    RAM: Crucial Ballistix 2x2GB DDR2 800 CL4 $82.99
    Graphics Card: Asus DirectCU TOP GTX 460 768mb $209.99 x2 in SLI
    Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F4 320gb 7200rpm 16mb cache $42.99
    Case + Power Supply: Antec 300 Illusion + Antec Earthwatts EA650 $129.99 combo
    DVD Burner: Samsung DVD R $17.99

    Total: $1003.90 Bam done.

    Why it should win: GTX 460s, but not any 460s - the Asus DirectCU TOP series for max OCing. Secondly, it's a quad core but I was able to include a heat sink, again max OCing. Super fast RAM. Everything else is solid.

  23. RAM: OCZ Gold 2x2GB DDR2 800 CL5 $79.99



    add 3 dollars and you can have this

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148212

    DDR2 800 4GB (2 x 2GB) 4-4-4-12
  24. kokoryba said:
    add 3 dollars and you can have this

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148212

    DDR2 800 4GB (2 x 2GB) 4-4-4-12


    Great suggestion! Thanks :D
  25. Are combos allowed?
  26. Doesn't say they're not allowed. I can understand if a limited time offer isn't allowed, tho. You could even shop a different retailer than newegg, I'd bet ;)
  27. Well it can be easy to manipulate results with combos, and for instance you could get a CPU cheap if you used the pick-up option at Microstar. And by the time voting starts on this competition, some of the combos might not be available. So was just wondering.
  28. ^ True, some clarification on the rules would be nice. In the high end Intel build I added a pair of 480s, but luckily I was within budget both with and without their temporary discount. I think if there's no set time limit on a combo, then go for it. As for that pick up option, sounds like that's just excluding the cost of shipping which nobody is including in their prices anyway since that's a variable.
  29. Pick-up option doesn't have to do with shipping. I think last I checked you could get a I5 750 at Microstar for $150 and a 760 for $170, you just had to pick it up at the store. But it also requires having one of their stores in your town. They only have like 10-12 locations.
  30. Hmm well yeah I don't know what to think about that. I'm in Canada so it's out of the question for me lol...
  31. kokoryba said:
    why you shouldnt win :D


    you pay and wont use:
    1/dual gigabit lan
    2/ Sli for at least a couple of years
    3/ fast DDR3 controller
    4/cpu fan
    5/750w PSU

    i am 300 under your budget and when you upgrade to your SLI mode, I will buy a brand new MB,CPU and GPU(this time, maybe APU from AMD), using old components like GPU, HDs... :D


    dude... the performance isn't even comparable, mine totally eats you up... and judjing by the price of the gtx 480, (which 2 460's outdo) u won't even be able to upgrade ure gpu with ur 300$...

    let alone upgrading mb,cpu... so plz... if u wanna argue, hav a proper reasonable explanation to ur argument...

    lol... cpu+GPU+MOBO for 300$ =))
  32. lp231 said:
    IMHO I think there should be some restriction into how parts are picked.
    -No combo deals as they do take a significant discount

    -The total price must include all charges because if you spend $980 bucks on it then by adding the fees, it will go over budget

    -While in a low price is attractive, but that does not automatically means it's the best build.


    subtotal: $960.92
    tax: none
    S&H: $12.99

    Grand total: $973.91


    why no combos?
    this is "finding the best build 4 the money"
    and the only restriction is "intel based".
  33. cyber_tron said:


    lol... cpu+GPU+MOBO for 300$ =))


    well, you get your upgrade for free or what? :] and it is obvious you dont know what the APU is...

    btw, cpu, MB and GPU in my build cost 335

    and comparing our builds... your is better but how much? 25%? and cost 50% more
  34. Well no combos because its not like combo deals last forever :P Eventually combos do go away. Then your build is no use anymore. But that should be clarified more by THG
  35. Processor: $208.99
    Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115067&cm_re=i5_760-_-19-115-067-_-Product

    Motherboard:$124.99
    MSI P55A-G55 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    usb 3.0 sata III and crossfire or sli support
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130292

    RAM:$94.99
    OCZ 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) XMP-Ready Rev.2 Desktop Memory Model OCZ3X1600R2LV4GK
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227503

    Graphics Card:$339.98 ($169.99 each)
    (2) * EVGA 768-P3-1360-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130562

    Hard Drive:$59.99
    Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136283

    Case:$44.99
    Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ,comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153&Tpk=rosewill%20challenger

    Power Supply:$59.99
    Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W Continuous @40°C,80 PLUS Certified, Single 12V Rail, Active PFC "Compatible with Core i7,i5" Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182200

    DVD Burner:$17.99
    Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118039

    CPU cooler: $39.99
    CORSAIR CAFA50 120mm CPU Cooler
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181012

    For a Grand Total of : $991.90 before shipping and rebates($50)


    edit:got bored and re-done my built
  36. Imo, with Sandy Bridge coming out in a few months, I personally wouldn't build a Intel based system due to socket change,etc....
  37. Early benchmarks for Intel Sandy Bridge (sorry for the off topic)

    article
  38. Quote:
    Screw the i5! Think outside the box!

    Processor: Xenon 3440 4 core/8 thread $232.49
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117225

    Motherboard: MSI H55-GD65 LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI ATX Intel $139.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130268

    Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $92.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

    Case/PSU: Rosewill R519-BK Black Computer Case 500W Power Supply $59.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147081

    Burner: LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X $17.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136180

    Video: 2X GIGABYTE GV-R583UD-1GD Radeon HD 5830 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 $199.99 x 2
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125317&cm_re=hd_5830-_-14-125-317-_-Product

    HD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB $54.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148395


    Total $998.42



    Even though these Xeon are just higher-binned desktop counterparts along with other stuffs, it does not mean it will work with a consumer based motherboard. Their micro-codes are different and you're pretty much taking your chances.
  39. ^ Yeah, I'm not sure on that either due to the fact that some Xeon CPUs have a QPC to the 2nd CPU for use in 2P solutions. But, in the C2D era, you could just drop in a comparable Xeon on to a board with eases. I remember people getting Xeon E3110 instead of E8400s when the E8400 was out of stock.
  40. Processor: $90 Core i3 530 Processor Boxed
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0325943

    Motherboard: $105AR MSI P55A-G55 LGA 1156 Intel P55
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130292

    RAM: $93 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

    Graphics Card: $458 TWO ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121391

    Hard Drive: $60 WD Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136283

    Case: $60 Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042

    Power Supply: $120AR CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W Modular Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010

    DVD Burner: $18 Sony Optiarc Black SATA CD/DVD Burner
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118039

    $1004 total.
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