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BestConfigs - Budget Intel-Based Gaming PC by Vote/Usage

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August 31, 2010 2:19:41 AM

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.

Any suggestions?

CPU :
(1) Intel Core i7-930 (10 votes) (Best CPU) 289.99
Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(2) Intel Core i7-950 (1 vote) $599.99

MOTHERBOARD:
(1) Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R (6 votes) $209.99
GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Justification : ?

(2) ASUS Rampage III Extreme (2 votes) $379.99
ASUS Rampage III Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Justification : ?

(3) ASUS P6X58D Premium (1 vote) $294.99
ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Justification : ?

(4) ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 (1 vote) $199.99
ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Justification : ?

(5) EVGA 141-BL-E575-TR SLI LE, X58, ATX (1 vote) $189.99
EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX X58 SLI LE Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Justification : ?

RAM: (Everyone seems to be close to 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin 1600 DDR3)
(1) G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
(2) 6GB Kingston HyperX (3 x 2 1600 CAS7)
(3) 6GB G.Skill Ripjaws 1600mhz C7
(4) G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI rated for 1.5v
(5) Corsair XMS3 3x2 GB 2000 mhz CAS Latency 9 $175
(6) Mushkin Redline Enhanced DDR 3 1600 6-8-6-24
(7) Crucial Ballistix Tracer 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600MHz
(8) CORSAIR Dominator 6GB (3 x 2GB) $194.99
(9) Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 6GB DDR3 1600MHz CL7
(10) 12gb (3x4gb) G.skills Ripjaw $260.00
(11) 3x2 Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 $144.99

GPU:
(1) EVGA GTX 460 1GB Superclocked (1 votes x 2 SLI) ($249.99 / $499.98)
EVGA 01G-P3-1373-AR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked EE 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Justification : ?

(2) XFX Radeon HD 5870 (1 vote x 1) (2 votes x 2 xfire) ($389.99 / $779.98)
XFX HD-587X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Justification : ?

(3) ASUS ROG MATRIX 5870 (1 vote) $519.99
ASUS ROG MATRIX 5870 P/2DIS/2GD5 Radeon HD 5870 Platinum 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Justification : ?

(4) Radeon HD 5970 (2 votes) $649.99
SAPPHIRE 100280SR Radeon HD 5970 (Hemlock) 2GB 512 (256 x 2)-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Justification : ?

(5) Galaxy GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) Sli (1 vote) $299.99
Galaxy 70XKH3HS8GUX GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Justification : ?

(6) ASUS GTX 470 (Fermi) Sli (1 vote x 2 SLI) ($294.99 / $589.98)
ASUS ENGTX470/2DI/1280MD5 GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Justification : ?

(7) (No Brand Specifed) GTX 460 1GB (1 vote x 2 SLI) ($---.-- / $---.--)
(8) (No Brand Specifed) GTX 480 (1 vote) ($---.-- / $---.--)
August 31, 2010 2:20:45 AM

SSD: Not included in all builds.
(1) OCZ Vertex 2 60gb (3 votes) (2 votes) $155 - $135 with rebate
OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(2) Intel X25-M SSDSA2MH080G2R5 80GB (2 votes) $199.99
Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2R5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(3) OCZ Agility 2 120 GB (1 vote)
(4) Crucial RealSSD 64GB SATA III MLC (1 vote)
(5) Mushkin Enhanced Callisto Deluxe 120Gb Sandforce based (1 vote)
(6) Kingston SSDNow V+ Series 64GB (1 vote)

HDD:
(1) Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB (7 votes) $74.99
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(2) 1 TB Western Digital Caviar Black SATA II WD1001FALS (1 vote) $87.99
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(3) 1 TB Western Digital Caviar Black SATA III WD1002FAEX (1 vote) $89.99
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(4) WD VelociRaptor 600GB 10000 RPM SATA III (1 vote) $279.99
Western Digital VelociRaptor WD6000HLHX 600GB 10000 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(5) Samsung 500GB X 2 (1 vote) ($59.99 / $119.98)
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE - HAF seems to lead in this department.
(1) HAF 922 (3 votes) $89.98
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(2) HAF 932 (3 votes) $129.98
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(3) HAF X (2 votes) $199.99
COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(4) Antec Nine Hundred Two (1 vote) $119.95
Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(5) LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 (1 vote) $99.99
LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black 0.8 mm SECC, Plastic + Mesh ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(6) fractal define r3 (1 vote) (---.--)

PSU
(1) 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/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(2) CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W (2 votes) $99.99
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(3) Antec TPQ-850 - (1 vote) $149.99
Antec TPQ-850 850W Continuous Power ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(4) Enermax Infiniti 720W (1 vote) $149.99
ENERMAX INFINITI EIN720AWT 720W ATX12V/ EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(5) Antec 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular (1 vote) $179.99
(6) AX1200 (1 vote)
(7) xfx 750w/650w (1 vote)
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August 31, 2010 3:50:15 AM

CPU:
Intel Core i7-930 (10 votes) (Best CPU) 289.99
Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115225

MOTHERBOARD:
Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R (6 votes) $209.99
GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813128423

RAM:
6GB Kingston HyperX (3 x 2 1600 CAS7) $166.99
Kingston HyperX 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C7D3K3/6GX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU:
(2) XFX Radeon HD 5870 (1 vote x 1) (2 votes x 2 xfire) ($389.99 / $779.98)
XFX HD-587X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814150476

SSD:
OCZ Vertex 2 60gb (3 votes) $155 - $135 with rebate
OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

HDD:
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB (7 votes) $74.99
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822152185

CASE:
HAF 932 (3 votes) $129.98
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811119160

PSU:
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!
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