The BestConfig campaign started today made me wonder what it would be like if we all came together and decided without a doubt what the best current piece of equipment was based on selections for personal BestConfig setups. I realize that some BestConfig setups will be focused on different areas of performance and thus may cause some variations to what might be found to be the 'norm'. I intend to list as best I can, the pieces taken from all the posts in BestConfigs - High-End Intel Gaming PC http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/294020-31-bestconfigs....
I encourage discussion and perhaps reasons why a certain piece is better then another and I'll try to update each individual piece as warranted. I will probably in the long run drop off items that don't receive many spots in builds and keep the higher 'voted' items. A vote means it was included in a build. All prices and links are for www.newegg.com.
Corsair 850W Modular (4 votes) $149.99
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139011
$1936.91 Total -- Not to surprising that the group total is under $2,000 .. I haven't updated optics yet... DVD drives are so cheap 25$ or less. Lite-On and ASUS DRW are the most popular. Heatsinks and Sound cards I only had one suggestion each.
I hope to get some responses.. sometimes there are reasons for choosing one brand over another. I'm personally not strong in this area anymore. Data crunching like this will help catch me up. Thanks to all who reads. I won't update this again if it doesn't show interest. Enjoy!