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June 8, 2011 2:44:45 AM

It's that time again! Time to update the Tom's Hardware BestConfigs! Once again, we are opening the field to user recommendations to get the best consensus for the absolute best of the best in each category. Post the best configuration you can put together for the following build category and our editorial team will pick 5 of the best to be put up to a public vote right here in the Systems forum. The top-ranking build will go on to become one of Tom's Hardware BestConfigs and you'll get the credit for having put together a brilliant build with a special credit in the feature article.

Post your entries to this thread for the category of:
Budget Intel-Based Gaming PC

Stay within $1,000 (without shipping) and no need to include OS, monitor, mouse/keyboard. Please be sure to format your list of components as follows:

Joe's "Barely Runs Crysis" Chug-along Rig
Processor: Component Name and Component Price
Motherboard: Component Name and Component Price
RAM: Component Name and Component Price
Graphics Card: Component Name and Component Price
Hard Drive: Component Name and Component Price
Case: Component Name and Component Price
Power Supply: Component Name and Component Price
Cooling: Component Name and Component Price
DVD Burner: Component Name and Component Price

See below for quick-copy/paste text of the BBcode.

  1. [b]Joe's "Barely Runs Crysis" Chug-along Rig[/b]
  2. Processor: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  3. Motherboard: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  4. RAM: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  5. Graphics Card: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  6. Hard Drive: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  7. Case: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  8. Power Supply: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  9. Cooling: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  10. DVD Burner: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]


You can also use the Tom's Hardware System Builder to build your recommendation and use the BBCode export option at the bottom of the build. If you do, be sure to include a link in your post to your build on the app for quick viewing.

Good luck, and may the best builds win!
June 8, 2011 3:32:09 AM

Striker's "Gamer's delight" build

Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor $305

Motherboard: MSI P67A, bundled above

RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory $33

Graphics card: Galaxy 58NLH5HS3PXZ GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $439

Hard drive: Seagate Barracuda ST3500413AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $40

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $60

Power supply: Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $70

Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler $30

DVD Burner: Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner $18

That comes to $998 after rebates.
This is a GTX 580! The most powerful single GPU gaming card! This is the epitome of a single GPU card configuration. It doesn't get better than this.

With full SLI support (minus power supply :D ) this build can take anything you can throw at it. It outperforms similar builds with dual 6850's, and demolishes any single GPU config there is.

If you want a single card, this is the way to go.

June 8, 2011 3:47:08 AM

That looks like an awesome build, and maybe I am missing something but I get $1236 when I add it all up.
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June 8, 2011 3:51:25 AM

wow, thanks for the catch. I must have missed that 2nd 560 ti in my calculations....
June 8, 2011 4:19:43 AM

I like your build striker, the one I posted is the one I was likely to build in the near future, but considering yours has a superior graphics card for the same price you might have helped me out, That Antec power supply is the big difference, do you think the antec being only partially modular will affect airflow in a smaller case like the HAF 912 we choose?
June 8, 2011 4:21:40 AM

For the price I think it is an excellent power supply. I do not think it will hamper airflow at all.

I also wanna point out you forgot to add a CPU cooler. It would be a cryin shame to get a 2500k and not OC that bad boy!
June 8, 2011 4:39:10 AM

That is true, that would put me over 1k though, I def prefer your build, if you buy the i5 and HDD together you can get the total down to 980.91, then if modular is not neccessary you can couple the haf 912 with a corsair 750 and make it 960.91, small changes but does make it cheaper.

Do you think that 750 is enough to SLI the gtx 570? also will there be any equivalent to eyefinity for nvidia in the foreseeable future, as eyefinity is very impressive and I would not like to forfeit the opportunity entirely in order to get a few more fps in games as opossed to the 6950.
June 8, 2011 4:46:41 AM

Derp's "That'll Work PC" Build

Cpu
Intel Core i5 2300 $185
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo
MSI P67A-G43 $125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram
Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4Gb (2x2Gb) 1333 $39
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case
Rosewill Challenger $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD
Seagate Barracuda 500Gb $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DvD
Samsung $17
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Psu
Antec Earthwatts 650w $65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gpus
2x XFX Radeon HD 6950's 1Gb $240/$480
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total= $1001 before rebates and shipping. I hope a dollar doesn't kill my chances

I redid my whole build as after building my Highend AMD and Budget AMD builds I realized I just want as much Graphic power as possible and this is it.
June 8, 2011 4:49:04 AM

Actually, nvidia has "nvidia surround" which does just that.
Also, the corsair tx 750 costs $20 more, not less.
And yes 750w is certainly enough to SLI 2 570's.
Thanks for the tip on the combo. Unfortunately, it might be gone by the time the article is published.

Cmon gregor, that's a total plagaristic build and you know it.
June 8, 2011 4:54:43 AM

I found information concerning the Nvidia surround, shame you have to have two Nvidia GPU's in order to achieve it
June 8, 2011 5:01:17 AM

I apologize ill take it down, I did take your MOBO as i was not aware there was one with SLI 8x/8x cheaper than the ASrock. and the GPU.... sorry, none the less I am not concerned with any competition on this forum and I still thank you for the advice.
June 8, 2011 5:11:08 AM

Yeah sorry for sounding a bit harse. I got a little defensive when I saw your build become uncomfortably similar to mine. I meant you no disrespect, I guess this got my competitive juices flowing hehe. If you need any other advice be sure to shoot me a message as we probably should stop spamming up this thread.

Last thing. Get that build back up! I liked the first one and thought it brought some interesting choices to the table. Don't forget that certain 6950's can be flashed, adding lots of low cost value ;) 
June 8, 2011 5:54:32 AM

Greg's "Bill Kabies Rig"

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

GPU: MSI R6950 Twin Frozr II OC Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MEMORY: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


COOLER: COOLER MASTER Hyper N 520 RR-920-N520-GP 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Intel Core i7 compatible
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: COOLER MASTER GX Series RS750-ACAAE3-US 750W ATX12V v2.31 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC
CASE: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CPU:Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Total: 987.91
June 8, 2011 1:35:15 PM

GenghisKron's "Kronic Raider" :

2x GPU: XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB
HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s $404 Combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost)
MOBO: MSI P67A-G43
$330 Combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
CASE: Antec 300 Illusion $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 $48
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD: LG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS70 OEM $20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU: XFX P1-650X-CAH9 650W $89
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HEATSINK: Scythe SCMG-2100 Sleeve CPU Cooler $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $997.45
June 8, 2011 3:12:08 PM

CMadrid's Budget Build
Processor: Intel I5 2500k $225
Motherboard: MSI P67A-c43 (B3) $115
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB DDR3 1600 $85
Graphics Card: MSI R6950 Twin FrozrII 2GB $280
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint f3 1TB $61
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 $60
Power Supply: Corsair HX650 $120
Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus $30
DVD Burner: LG DvD burner $20

Total: $996

note: This doesn't include any combos or rebates in the price calculation.. it should be pretty easy to get the price down farther, but that depends on the deals available at time of purchase, so I didn't include that in the calculation. Also, you can save quite a bit on the CPU if you live near a Microcenter

edited to fix BBCode error
June 8, 2011 9:17:55 PM

striker410 said:
Striker's "Gamer's delight" build

Well I feel a lot more comfortable with my build now. Seems I've chosen near identical components to yours.

Unfortunately I got the p67 verson and not the z68, so my board only does 16x/4x PCIe and not 16x/8x for it's video cards. I was hesitant to crossfire some 6850's, but after reading some articles comparing 16x/4x and 8x/8x, I wasn't too worried. The p67 was less than $100, too.

Can't wait til all the components arrive.
June 9, 2011 7:07:03 AM

Chief Texas_82's "Gaming Gear" Build (Returns)

CPU: i5 2400 Combo $302 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3-B3 LGA 1155 (B3) $0 combo

RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB 1600 $40 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: 2* HIS H687F1G2M Radeon HD 6870 $185/$370 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB $60 http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-Cache-Desktop-H...

Case: Rosewill GEAR X3 $70 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W  $90

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus $35 http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10...

Optical: ASUS 24X DVD Burner $20 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $ 988 before shipping and rebates.

All Right. Tom's hardware did like the twin 6870's cf for the money, so has GenghisKron. I'm not original here. This build is not a pure graphics powerhouse, because I don't want to sacrifice HDD or other performances for all out graphics. I am going for convenience. This has front usb3.0. I have only 4 gigs of 1600 memory.

Pros: Front USB 3, case has plenty of fans, SOME overclocking , 8*8 crossfire.
Cons: Not 8gb of ram, no quick sync???, no blue-ray (no big loss for me - yet).

Edit 6-18: Nerfed power suppy, changed DVD, and included cm 212+

Edit 6-21: Price fluxes, power supply change due to price fluxes.

6-25: Included combos, water coling for i5

6-30: Return of the Gear Tower. Had to fix power supply. Needed 4 PCIe plugs. Went to a i5 2400 and a new board.
June 9, 2011 7:33:58 PM
June 9, 2011 8:40:24 PM

Jason's "Sandy-Fire" Rig
1. Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz $220
2. Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3-B3 Z68 $145
3. RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333 1.5v Cas 7 $50
4. Graphics Card 1: HIS Radeon HD 6870 1GB $185
5. Graphics Card 2: HIS Radeon HD 6870 1GB $185
6. Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s $60
7. Case: APEX Vortex ABS ATX Mid Tower $35
8. Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-620 620W 80+ Bronze $75
9. Cooling: Xigmatek LOKI SD963 92mm HYPRO $25
10. DVD Burner: LG DVD±RW SuperMulti Drive 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW $19
Total Cost: $999

The build is based on customer reviews from Newegg, Tom's Hardware's latest Best Graphics Cards For The Money: May 2011, and their Intel’s Second-Gen Core CPUs: The Sandy Bridge Review.

*Note: I update this frequently because of price flunctuations.
June 9, 2011 9:17:45 PM

that mobo will run the cards at x16 and x4 that isnt good.
June 9, 2011 9:43:34 PM

it will still yield better framerates than any of the other builds here. except mine of course :) , but im sure mine will be disqualified for combos/formatting
June 9, 2011 9:54:22 PM

Mjmj's 1000$ gaming great-

i5 2500k & Rosewill CHALLENGER 254$- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3-B3 140$- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR XMS 4GB 33$- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec High Current Gamer Series 750w 70$- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Palit GeForce GTX 560 Ti x2=400$- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda 500GB & LG DVD Burner 51$- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 30$- http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B002G1YPH0/ref=d...

Total=978$
June 9, 2011 11:01:50 PM


i know you're going for budget here but just like to point out the -ar version of that video card is only ~20$ more which gets you the lifetime warranty and step-up program eligibility. could be worth it to take a 20$ hit somewhere for it.

making a sub 1k$ build myself atm and trying to work that -ar card in.
June 10, 2011 12:26:18 AM

Thanks for the suggestion crystal. However, I don't think I can pull it off. Also the EVGA I listed comes with a 10 year warranty which should be plenty.

I think I may rework the build, and submit a second one around dual gtx 560's...
June 10, 2011 12:28:01 AM

mjmjpfaff said:
Mjmj's 1000$ gaming great-

i5 2500k 225$- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Three Hundred Illusion 55$-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-P67X-UD3-B3 145$- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB 70$- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

Antec EarthWatts EA-650 65$- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

XFX HD-685X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6850 155$ shipped- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

XFX HD-685X-ZNDC Radeon HD 6850 150$- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 61$- http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spin [...] 330&sr=8-1

Samsung CD/DVD Burner $17- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 30$-http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10...

Total: 968$ with M.I.R
There is 2 types of gpu's because there is only 1 m.i.r. per customer per product on newegg. always. got that everbody?
650w will run 2 6850's.



Broken links bro.
June 10, 2011 1:51:53 AM

I'm confused as to why you actually classify $1000 as a budget build. Real budget builds are $500-$700, where you would use an i3 for gaming, which for the average gamer, still kills EVERYTHING ELSE AMD HAS TO OFFER, it is an amazing chip, and perfect for true budget gaming. Not everyone going into the PC gaming scene has $1000 to shell out.
June 10, 2011 2:31:38 AM

genghiskron said:
it will still yield better framerates than any of the other builds here. except mine of course :) , but im sure mine will be disqualified for combos/formatting

Check my new edit :) 
June 10, 2011 3:48:46 AM

mgf derp said:
Check my new edit :) 


Looks good. However, I would NOT run 2 6950's on a 650w. It's probably safe, but not very efficient.
June 10, 2011 4:50:40 AM

Not sure if 2 builds are allowed to be submitted, but here goes nothing.

Striker's "1337 l0ad0ut" rig

Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor $305

Motherboard: MSI P67A-G43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $0 (bundle)

RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory $60

Graphics Card: EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1567-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $220

Second Graphics Card: EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1567-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $220

Hard Drive: Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-OEM Drives, HD103SJ $60

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $60

Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $70

Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler $30

DVD Burner: Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner $18
My total cost comes to $983 with rebates.
Lets talk about some of the features.

-Very powerful 2500k processor.

-SLI 560 Ti's. The 560 Ti's provide unprecedented power, rivaled only by the 6950's.

-the 560 Ti's overclock much better than the 6950's, satisfying those with a taste for power.

-Awesome CL7 ram, fast and furious.

-8x 8x SLI. No bottlenecks!

And that's all. It's as 1337 as it gets :D 
June 10, 2011 4:55:25 AM

striker410 said:
Broken links bro.

are you kidding me? this is pissin' me off!!
June 10, 2011 4:59:14 AM

mjmjpfaff said:
are you kidding me? this is pissin' me off!!


What you are doing is copying from another post I assume. What you need to do is click the BBcode button on top of the post and copy from there.
June 10, 2011 2:23:03 PM

ok. ill just edit my post
June 10, 2011 2:28:57 PM

anyone wanna link me some overclocked gtx 560 ti SLI benchmarks? can only seem to find stock SLI and single card OC. i like the build striker. i was contemplating that one over the one i chose, but i just couldnt justify the extra cost. I was looking at the guru3d stock SLI benches
http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-560-ti-sli-re...
and it seemed to me id rather have the scythe mugen and the K. I am actually quite curious as to how an OC'd 2500k with 6870s would match up to gtx 560ti SLI with an i5-2400. I would imagine the 560's would come out ahead by a small margin in current games (except blizzard games).
June 10, 2011 3:05:22 PM

Yeah I agree. I was gonna go K and 6870's, then I saw your build :p 
However, I think the 2400 and 560 Ti's is still a very strong combo as it's more important to have GPU power than CPU power.

Edit: Yeah Genhiskron, pretty hard to justify 2 560 Ti's. After reviewing benchmarks, it's a small performance gain. however the 560's I listed have $30 rebates each, so it's really depending on whether you send in rebates or not. However the 6870's have $20 rebates..... I guess it comes down to overclocking. The 560 Ti's overclocked I think would prove their worth. Stock? No way.
June 10, 2011 6:19:44 PM

mjmjpfaff said:
that mobo will run the cards at x16 and x4 that isnt good.

From what I've read it shouldn't, but I've updated the build to squeeze in a mobo capable of 8x/8x, just in case.
June 11, 2011 3:33:05 AM

LT's "Jack of All Trades" Build

CPU= 2500k : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$225

MB = ASRock Z68 xtreme4 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$190

RAM = 4GB(2x2GB) GSkill ripjaws 8-8-8-24 @1333 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$45

GRAPHICS CARD = MSI 6950 TwinFrozr 2GB : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$280 MIR $25

HD = 500GB WD CavBlack SATA 6Gb/s 7200rpm 32MB cache : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$60

CASE = Logisys MidTower ATX : http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=CS51WBK&cat=CAS
$35

POWER SUPPLY = CoolerMaster 650W : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$80 MIR $15

COOLING = Stock; The ASrock MB is designed w/ extra holes so you can use 775 HSF
$0

DVD Burner = Pioneer Black 12x BLU-RAY BURNER : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$110

SubTotal = $1025 - $40 MIR = grand total $985 plus S+H
also the case comes with an 'unkown' PSU (I prolly wouldnt trust it, thus adding the CoolerMaster) ..BUT IF (and that's a mighty big IF) the PSU turns out to be decent (in case you didnt see Tom's FANTASTIC Article on PSU OEM's, Designers, Manufacturers etc , I highly reccomend reading it) ..I didnt have time to FULLY research the who is who in PSU, but I chose CoolerMaster cuz I know my 750W has been rock solid for 3.5 years now..soo IF the case psu is ok, that'll save ya another $65-$80 ..

ok..heres the idea ...it does everything, can play a decent game, be a solid HTPC, but also can BURN BLU-RAYs ..did I mention can BURN Blu-Rays? lol for under a grand.
here the 'How?'s and Why?'s short story
CPU= 2500k enough said
MB = ASRock , Toms approved, plus can use 775 HSF, plus THX sound stuff
RAM = GSkill ..8-8-8-24 ..enough said (had to skimp here to squeeze in Blu Ray BURNER)
GRAPHICS = MSI 6950 TwinFroz 2GB ..enough said
HD = WD CavBlack ..would have like to had 64MB cache and TB, but its SATA 6, and big enough ..again had to skimp somewhere for BluRay Burner
CASE = Logisys ..went with this cause its 8" Wide, my LianLi is 8" and I like the lil bit of extra width for cable management and 'fingerability' ..plus it kind of looks cool, though I would get rid of the opening panel thingy, will prolly break off anyway..but price was right ..again I had to skimp somewhere to squeeze in the Blu-Ray
PSU = CoolerMaster ..enough power to Xfire later if ya want to, and solid proven brand
COOLING = Stock (plenty OC on stock for 2500k, OR use ur old 775)
DVD/Blu-Ray Burner = Pioneer Black , great reviews, solid brand name, back in the Day, Pioneer made some great CD/DVD Product that I personally owned anyone remember the old 6 CD changers? or the DVD x16 ? ..both I had personally used daily , and they great ..oh did I mention it BURNS Blu-Rays, lol ..
I skimped on the RAM and went single GPU cause those are the easiest parts to upgrade later on.
ok, so it prolly wont BEST at anything, but will be able to do Everything..hence the build name ..thanks for looking ..lemme know what yall think ..critics welcome as well :) 
June 11, 2011 7:19:19 AM

Hmmm... Blue-ray burning and movies. I wonder, when will games start to ship out in blue-ray format (for PC)? They waited until practically everyone had DVD drives to release games on DVD. Blue-ray today is probably too expensive for this move, which makes your machine a gamble on the "Budget Gaming Build" topic, LT. At least for the time being.
June 13, 2011 8:23:43 PM

Are all of these builds including or not including rebates? It should probably be required to specify.
June 15, 2011 3:04:15 PM

UltraJake said:
Are all of these builds including or not including rebates? It should probably be required to specify.


Considering that rebates aren't even cash or check most of the time (prepaid cards, often only usable on products issued by that manufacturer), they really shouldn't be considered.

Also, people keep including shipping when they shouldn't.
June 15, 2011 8:41:45 PM

Wolfram's "Who Needs DVD??" Rig

CPU: i5 2500k $209.99
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $124.99
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) $41.99
Case: APEX Vortex 3620 SGCC / ABS ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case $34.99
HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST3500413AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $39.99
PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC $89.99
GPU 1: XFX HD-695X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 $229.99
GPU 2: XFX HD-695X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 $229.99

Total: $1001.92
After MIR: $921.92
(Then if you need to, add the LG DVD±RW SuperMulti Drive 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM $18.99

Decided to take $2 over the limit for the 2500k. Also has CF 6950 1gb which will be amazing performance. The case has good airflow (front intake, rear exhaust). All in all this build would kick butt. Obviously no DVD drive but considering the MIRs it would easily fit in the budget after that, or you could use an old/used one, or just install the OS from USB.

EDIT: Swapped the case due to concerns over quality. The Raidmax probably had better cooling in the end, but the new one should be adequate. Both GPUs exhaust externally so that helps.
June 16, 2011 12:02:50 AM

Wow, nice build. It's a very, very good one. But just so you know you're links are screwed up. Especially the case one.
June 16, 2011 3:03:39 PM

striker410 said:
Wow, nice build. It's a very, very good one. But just so you know you're links are screwed up. Especially the case one.


Thanks, and thanks for the heads up. Should work now :) 
June 16, 2011 5:44:15 PM

wolfram23 said:
Wolfram's "Who Needs DVD??" Rig

You need a DVD in order to install anything...
June 16, 2011 5:59:37 PM

grody said:
You need a DVD in order to install anything...

Like what? You can install an OS from USB and literally everything else is online.
June 16, 2011 6:04:30 PM

wolfram23 said:
Like what? You can install an OS from USB and literally everything else is online.

Then you'll need to include that in your build.
June 16, 2011 6:05:32 PM

what about your mobo drivers? yes, you could rip the files on a separate computer (with a dvd drive) and copy those to a usb, install the ethernet driver, then download everything else online. but you still have stock cooling, the worst reviewed part i have ever seen on newegg (the case has been discontinued by raidmax), and an hd6950 where more than a third of reviewers are claiming crashes and white screens.
June 16, 2011 6:11:02 PM

grody said:
Then you'll need to include that in your build.


How do you figure? The instructions don't include any peripherals or OS. Plus, it's not like they have to pick mine if they think it needs DVD. Then again, after MIR there's plenty of money left over for a DVD drive.
June 16, 2011 6:14:59 PM

genghiskron said:
what about your mobo drivers? yes, you could rip the files on a separate computer (with a dvd drive) and copy those to a usb, install the ethernet driver, then download everything else online. but you still have stock cooling, the worst reviewed part i have ever seen on newegg (the case has been discontinued by raidmax), and an hd6950 where more than a third of reviewers are claiming crashes and white screens.


Mobo drivers? Once the OS is installed it has all the drivers... and all the updates are only going to be had online anyway.

As for cooling, so what. Stock i5 2500k is already more than fast enough. And even then it OCes on stock cooling a surprising amount.

I don't know about the case being discontinued since it's still available on Newegg, and all the reviews are against it because it showed up broken which could easily be mishandling by the shippers. But thanks for the heads up, I'll see if I can find a replacement...

As for the 6950... I doubt that.
June 16, 2011 6:24:26 PM

Actually, he is correct about the 6950. Look at the reviews.
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