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August 30, 2010 7:54:33 PM

We're updating the Tom's Hardware BestConfigs and are opening the field to user recommendations! Post the best configuration you can put together for the following build category and our editorial team will pick 5 recommendations in each category to put to a public vote. The top-ranking build will go on to become one of Tom's Hardware's BestConfigs, and you'll get the credit for having put together a brilliant build with special notice in the feature article.

Post your entries to this thread for the category of Budget Intel-Based Gaming PC, stay under $1,000 and be sure to list the following components-

Processor:
Motherboard:
RAM:
Graphics Card:
Hard Drive:
Case:
Power Supply:
DVD Burner:

Good luck, and may the best builds win!
August 30, 2010 8:55:11 PM

Basing this off of my AMD Gaming build in the other thread

Here is my selection for a 1k intel gaming build
i5 760 $210
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P7P55D EVO $145 $30 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung F3 1TB $75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gskill Eco 2x2GB 1600MHz CL7 $99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS GTX460 DirectCU with voltage tweaking $230
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HAF 922 $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Lite-on DVD burner $18
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec TP-750 Blue $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Total $992 before $30 MIR and $14 shipping
August 30, 2010 10:45:00 PM
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August 30, 2010 11:23:25 PM

Ok
This is what I would do with $1k

Proc: i5-760
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 92mm SSO CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MB: Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: ZOTAC ZT-40402-10P GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: COOLER MASTER ELITE 335 RC-335-KKN1-GP
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-650HX 650W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical: Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical 2: LITE-ON Black 4X Blu-ray Reader SATA Model iHOS104-06 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $998.90 (Before $20 MIR for PSU)
August 30, 2010 11:24:31 PM

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)


Motherboard:Biostar H55 Micro ATX - $70 (great little board for this category)


RAM:G.SKILL 4GB DDR3 1600 - $90


Graphics Card:Zotac GTX 460 1GB - $220 (a must for 1920x1080p gaming)


Hard-drive:Hitachi 1TB 7200rpm SATA 3Gb/s - $70


Power Supply:Seasonic 520w 80+Bronze Certified - $60 (only the best)


Keyboard:Logitech K120 Black USB wired - $15


Mouse:Logitech M500 Corded Laser Mouse - $37


LCD Monitor:ASUS 23" 2ms 1920x1080 LED backlit - $200 (must have for 1920x1080)


Total = $996.60 before shipping for a complete system. This build is only more valuable if you overclock.

August 30, 2010 11:30:47 PM

Processor: i5 760
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Motherboard: MSI P55A-G55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Memory: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Graphics card: MSI R5850 Twin Frozr II
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 Plus Bronze Cert.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Burner: LITE-ON DVD drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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.
August 30, 2010 11:38:38 PM
August 30, 2010 11:47:48 PM

Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM
Item #: N82E16827118039 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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=N82E168...

$74.99


two 460gtx galaxy http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 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=N82E168...
$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?Ite... http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

-$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?Ite... http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
-$20.00 Instant
-$15.00 Combo


$154.98
$119.98
2 case fans http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$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=N82E168...
August 31, 2010 12:04:24 AM
August 31, 2010 12:24:28 AM

CPU: i5 750 194.99$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: Asus P7P55D EVO 144.99$ 30$ MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB DDR3 1600MHz CL7 89.99$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: Asus GTX 470 + FREE Mafia 2 294.99$ 20$ MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1Tb 74.99$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: CM HAF 922 89.98$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Corsair VX550 89.99$ 10$ MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Burner: Lite-On 24x Black SATA 17.99$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: 997.91$ (60$ MIR not included)
August 31, 2010 12:45:59 AM

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=N82E168...


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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



TOTAL: ($1,036.88) - ($70.00 Rebates) + ($19.54 Shipping) = $986.42





Anonymous
August 31, 2010 1:51:06 AM

Screw the i5! Think outside the box!

Processor: Xenon 3440 4 core/8 thread $232.49
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: MSI H55-GD65 LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI ATX Intel $139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

Case/PSU: Rosewill R519-BK Black Computer Case 500W Power Supply $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Burner: LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X $17.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

HD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB $54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Total $998.42
August 31, 2010 2:03:00 AM

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).




Spoiler
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.
August 31, 2010 2:13:26 AM

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
August 31, 2010 3:31:05 AM




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=N82E168...


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=N82E168...


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=N82E168...


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=N82E168...



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=N82E168...


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=N82E168...


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=N82E168...


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=N82E168...
Subtotal: $1,000.92
40.00 MIR
28.32 shipping

August 31, 2010 6:23:17 AM

+1 for 2x GTX 460 SLI

CPU - i5 760
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo - ASUS P7P55D EVO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - Mushkin 4GB DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE - NZXT BETA EVO Classic
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
+ additonal fan -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphic cards - 2x GTX 460
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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...
August 31, 2010 6:29:52 AM

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...

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

OCZ Obsidian DDR3 4GB (2x2GB) 1600 (PC3 12800) $83.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0GB/S $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

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

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

Sony Optiarc 7260S-OB 24X SATA CD/DVD-DL+/-RW $18.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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.
August 31, 2010 7:19:25 AM

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
August 31, 2010 10:04:44 AM

Intel i3 530 $115
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P7P55 $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD5870 $350
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.Skill Ripjaws 1600MHz C7 4GB $98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Combo: Antec 300 Illusion & Antec EA-750W $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sony DVD burner $18
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CM Hyper 212+ $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total:
$941

The reason I picked the 5870 instead of two GTX 460s is so that you can easily upgrade in a few months or so (when the 6XXX come out and prices plummet). Also the $60 below the budget can be put towards getting the second 5870.
August 31, 2010 12:31:38 PM

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=N82E168...

Motherboard: MSI / G31 chipset/ very good price
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: 4GB DDR2 800 ultra low latency 4-4-4-12
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: RADEON HD 5770/ 1GB / 128-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

Case (power supply included): ATX Mid Tower / Black / with 480W power supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD burner: LG 22x black Sata, LightScribe support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

Mouse: basic logitech, black 1000dpi

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Display: Samsung 21.5'' 1920*1080 LED backlight

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: windows 7 home

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

TOTAL: $887.88





August 31, 2010 2:06:58 PM



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.
August 31, 2010 2:45:07 PM

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 :) 
August 31, 2010 3:10:50 PM

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 

August 31, 2010 4:11:34 PM

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
August 31, 2010 4:36:07 PM

@lp231: The 2nd PCIe slot is only x4, so I personally wouldn't run CrossFire on it. Not the best PSU either.
August 31, 2010 4:44:25 PM

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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

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

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=N82E168...

Optical Drive - Sony Optiarc CD/ DVD Burner $17
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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.
August 31, 2010 4:55:24 PM

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=N82E168...

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: 

August 31, 2010 5:53:12 PM

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
August 31, 2010 6:03:31 PM

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.
August 31, 2010 8:09:27 PM

Are combos allowed?
August 31, 2010 8:11:59 PM

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 ;) 
August 31, 2010 8:15:54 PM

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.
August 31, 2010 8:21:04 PM

^ 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.
August 31, 2010 8:26:39 PM

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.
August 31, 2010 8:31:30 PM

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...
August 31, 2010 8:46:48 PM

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$ =))
August 31, 2010 8:50:12 PM

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".
August 31, 2010 8:55:04 PM

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
August 31, 2010 10:15:03 PM

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
August 31, 2010 11:01:15 PM

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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

CPU cooler: $39.99
CORSAIR CAFA50 120mm CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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


edit:got bored and re-done my built
August 31, 2010 11:21:53 PM

Imo, with Sandy Bridge coming out in a few months, I personally wouldn't build a Intel based system due to socket change,etc....
September 1, 2010 1:21:24 AM

Early benchmarks for Intel Sandy Bridge (sorry for the off topic)

article
September 1, 2010 1:32:01 AM

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=N82E168...

Motherboard: MSI H55-GD65 LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI ATX Intel $139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

Case/PSU: Rosewill R519-BK Black Computer Case 500W Power Supply $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Burner: LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X $17.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

HD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB $54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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.


September 1, 2010 2:14:51 AM

^ 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.
September 1, 2010 3:38:05 AM
September 1, 2010 3:42:53 AM

Processor: $90 Core i3 530 Processor Boxed
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Motherboard: $105AR MSI P55A-G55 LGA 1156 Intel P55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

Graphics Card: $458 TWO ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: $60 WD Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: $60 Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: $120AR CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W Modular Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Burner: $18 Sony Optiarc Black SATA CD/DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$1004 total.
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