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BestConfigs Poll - Budget Intel-Based Gaming PC

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Which Budget Intel-Based Gaming PC do you like best?

Total: 188 votes (54 blank votes)

  • Leo's Favorite Build
  • 29 %
  • techo's Build
  • 39 %
  • Mjmj's $1000 Gaming Great
  • 33 %
August 1, 2011 3:23:39 PM

It's time to vote on your favorite build for this category!

Please see below for a list of the choices available.

Leo's Favorite Build

Processor - Intel i5 2500k - $179.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Motherboard - GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3-B3 LGA 1155 - $144.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - G. Skill Ripjaws X 8gb (2x4gb) 1600mhz 1.5v CAS8 -$74.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooling - Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus $29.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Graphics card - MSI GTX 570 - $329.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power supply - XFX 650w -$89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - COOLER MASTER HAF 912 $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard drive - Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB - $59.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

DVD Burner - Samsung Lightscribe 22x Burner w/ Dual/Double Layer - $24.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Total Price: $994.92

techo's Build

Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K : $219.99

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard : $129.99

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL : $59.99

Graphics Card: HIS H695FN2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity : $259.99

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive : $59.99

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case : $59.99

Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power : $109.99 - 15.00 mail in rebate: $ 94.99

DVD Burner: LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM: $18.99

Total Price: $903.99

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 Price: $978
August 1, 2011 4:22:10 PM

IF YOU GUYS WANT TO SEE AN UPDATED VERSION OF MY BUILD, MJMJ'S 1000$ GAMING GREAT, SCROLL DOWN. IT IS STILL BASED AROUND 2 560 TI'S. ONLY MINOR CHANGES WERE MADE OVERALL BECAUSE OF DISCONTINUED PRICING
August 1, 2011 5:03:26 PM

the z68x-ud3 also had a combo deal with that same ram, which would have allowed you to use a spinpoint and evga 560 ti's. you also could have used the microcenter i5-2500k+z68x-ud3h combo, which was $290 a couple days ago ($300 now).

either way, i think you demonstrated pretty clearly that if you jump on the right deals, you can have an i5-2500k + dual 560 ti system for under $1000, and that cant really be beat.

no offense, but i think the single gtx 570 has no business up here seeing as there were several perfectly capable gtx 580 builds.
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August 1, 2011 5:06:21 PM

i totally agree there was some very nice gtx 580 builds
August 1, 2011 10:31:04 PM

only a 6950 2gb? how did that get in here? i didnt know this was the best gaming build after you spend another 250$ on a second gpu......
August 1, 2011 10:35:16 PM

Quote:
Funny seeing both the budget and high end using the i5 2500k :3

I know the i7 2600k is for ht but there are other processors than the 2500k and 2600k?

not really unless you want to go real budget...
August 1, 2011 10:50:14 PM

does anyone know what you get if you win?? everyone has been asking and i m curious too.
August 1, 2011 10:59:59 PM

haha thanks. i wish jpishgar would say!!
Anonymous
August 1, 2011 11:04:37 PM

oh noes! I'm losing! ;(
Oh well .
I forgot about this... should've changed the graphics card. IMO my build would've been great if it hadn't been the graphics card. .
August 1, 2011 11:07:09 PM

Quote:
This lol, and still not a single ssd build.

Even if I am on a budget, there is always room for a small and useful ssd.

Its like going from horse + buggy to corvette. You never want to go back to the horse + buggy.

Don't get me started on the single 6950 lol.


High end = 2x 580's or something along those lines

Budget = 2x 560's or something along those lines

? = 1x 6950 that isn't even that great of a brand

I am not dogging the build because I like it all around but the single HIS 6950 just makes me scratch my head. If you are going with a single card build, why not go for a single 580 or something >_<

you have a point with the ssd. i was pissed when i couldnt get an ssd in there
Anonymous
August 1, 2011 11:19:10 PM

mjmjpfaff said:
you have a point with the ssd. i was pissed when i couldnt get an ssd in there


Same. I wanted to try to get at least a little something too. :p 
August 1, 2011 11:57:55 PM

Wonder why my "real" budget build didn't make it into this build?? Not that it matters to me, but >$900 seems to me not so "budget" to me. I had a ~$550 build for a "Budget" build.
Anonymous
August 2, 2011 12:01:15 AM

mjmjpfaff said:
does anyone know what you get if you win?? everyone has been asking and i m curious too.


Fame. Sort of :p  :D 
Your build will be in the next System Build thing and you will be given credit.

It would be very interesting to me to see a very similar to my own personal pc on the next system build if I won. :p  This would help me a lot improve on my next upgrade by catching problems I miss ;) 
August 2, 2011 12:12:54 AM

I agree, lunyone. $1000 for a PC to play games is not "budget."
August 2, 2011 12:31:42 AM

Anyone have a gaming build that is abouts 1500? or a bit less?
August 2, 2011 12:42:08 AM

As expected, all i5 2500Ks... :-))
August 2, 2011 12:50:12 AM

i though all i had to compete with was leo's build since it had the 2nd best gpu setup (performance wise).... but i guess not.
Anonymous
August 2, 2011 1:50:00 AM

mjmjpfaff said:
i though all i had to compete with was leo's build since it had the 2nd best gpu setup (performance wise).... but i guess not.


Which makes me sad... T.T
August 2, 2011 2:24:27 AM

We had this bestconfig from before and I never know what do you get if you
get the most votes.
So what do you get?
August 2, 2011 4:02:19 AM

Quote:
Which makes me sad... T.T

you even said you should of put a bigger gpu in...
August 2, 2011 5:08:01 AM

the case+cpu combo in the last build is no longer available. I wonder what will happen when that build wins & prospective buyers click that link which goes on to NOTHING.
August 2, 2011 5:41:15 AM

Quote:
Fame. Sort of :p  :D 
Your build will be in the next System Build thing and you will be given credit.

It would be very interesting to me to see a very similar to my own personal pc on the next system build if I won. :p  This would help me a lot improve on my next upgrade by catching problems I miss ;) 

so if techo's build wins we will see a almost identical build to the last one except you cant unlock the gpu he put in....
Anonymous
August 2, 2011 12:14:47 PM

For the sake of system build, TBH I don't want techno's build to win. Same build as last time. I really wish to see a 570 or 2x560tis. This would be interesting. Come on....
August 2, 2011 1:04:57 PM

ksampanna said:
the case+cpu combo in the last build is no longer available. I wonder what will happen when that build wins & prospective buyers click that link which goes on to NOTHING.

Maybe Newegg will honor the combo price, IDK. In my build I just put in any decent combo's that were available at the time. There are plenty of other combo's out there too that are present now, but weren't present when I did my build. Most of the time you can get a decent combo and the next week/day you get a different one that you didn't have on the other part of the build, so it seems to work out one way or another in general. I'm not making any excuses for Mjmj's build or anyone else's build, but I'm just stating what I think is common with these builds.
August 2, 2011 1:27:26 PM

All of these builds suck so I just chose the 6950 build.

I just configed a build yesterday on newegg for under $1000 and it had a 96gb ssd on it.

I would not build a gaming pc today without an SSD in it.
August 2, 2011 1:39:53 PM

its a shame you didnt post your build than cknobman, the whole world loses when you fail to share your infinite wisdom.
August 2, 2011 3:51:35 PM

ksampanna said:
the case+cpu combo in the last build is no longer available. I wonder what will happen when that build wins & prospective buyers click that link which goes on to NOTHING.

ill make some changes to my build right here if you want....i thought the voting would never happen so i gave up updating my build
August 2, 2011 3:57:41 PM

i think we all did. the combos generally go away at the end of each month, so starting the votes on august 1st was a great way to have a fail bestconfigs.
August 2, 2011 4:19:31 PM

MJMJ'S REVISED 1000$ GAMING GREAT

i5 2500k- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 220$

Asrock p67 extreme4- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 160$ i just stumbled across this and damn it looks good

antec 750w psu- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 70$

Galaxy gtx 560 ti- http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=GX-560_1G&titl... 187x2=374$

Gskill 4gb 1600mhz- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 35$

seagate barracuda 500gb & lg dvd burner http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... 52$ the lg burner and the same hdd bundle was still there it was just more expensive

Antec 300 illusion- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 50$

hyper 212 plus- http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10... 27$

Total=988$
August 2, 2011 4:20:17 PM

genghiskron said:
i think we all did. the combos generally go away at the end of each month, so starting the votes on august 1st was a great way to have a fail bestconfigs.

i thought the same thing....
August 2, 2011 4:37:37 PM

cknobman said:
All of these builds suck so I just chose the 6950 build.

I just configed a build yesterday on newegg for under $1000 and it had a 96gb ssd on it.

I would not build a gaming pc today without an SSD in it.

what gpu do you have in it?
August 2, 2011 5:15:36 PM
August 2, 2011 5:24:13 PM


so his build is really a solid 800$ build?
August 2, 2011 5:30:41 PM

well prices change. it WAS a $1000 build. im just bored. and its obviously questionable whether its fair to count rebates and microcenter deals.
August 2, 2011 5:33:35 PM

genghiskron said:
well prices change. it WAS a $1000 build. im just bored. and its obviously questionable whether its fair to count rebates and microcenter deals.

ya i could afford 8gb's of ram if i went with a i5 2500k from microcenter...maybe they should set some rules to this
August 2, 2011 6:16:58 PM


lunyone said:
Maybe Newegg will honor the combo price, IDK. In my build I just put in any decent combo's that were available at the time. There are plenty of other combo's out there too that are present now, but weren't present when I did my build. Most of the time you can get a decent combo and the next week/day you get a different one that you didn't have on the other part of the build, so it seems to work out one way or another in general. I'm not making any excuses for Mjmj's build or anyone else's build, but I'm just stating what I think is common with these builds.

imo, ideally, best configs should have no combos. We should just list out the parts separately within the budget. Then whichever build wins, one can check out if there are any combos available amongst its components.
August 2, 2011 6:20:48 PM

thats where tomshardware needs to come in they should set some rules like no mail in rebates, buying from microcenter (because you need to pick it up), i think combos are fine just dont add any mail in rebates. also dont start the voting right at the start of the month. whos great idea was that?
August 2, 2011 6:27:33 PM

has there been talks like this years before? or is it just because this ones voting started on the 1st of a month?
August 3, 2011 1:51:23 PM

hmmm wouldn't the 912s need more fans? they just have 2, though they're great cases btw.
August 3, 2011 6:37:53 PM

here is a build using the gtx 460 2win which is more powerful than the gtx 580

i5 2500k- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 220$

Asrock Pro3- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 110$

EVGA GTX 460 2win- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 320$

Antec 750w PSU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 65$

GSkill 4gb 1600mhz- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 35$

LG DVD Burner & Seagate 500gb hdd- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... 52$

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

Corsair Force 3 60gb- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 120$

Antec 300 illusion- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 50$

Total=1002$
you can easily bring this under 1k
August 3, 2011 8:55:49 PM

My vote goes with the no-combo CPU cooler included build ;) 

But it never registered :(  Sorry Leo I guess noscript turned it into a "blank vote".
August 4, 2011 6:50:01 AM

Proximon said:
My vote goes with the no-combo CPU cooler included build ;) 

But it never registered :(  Sorry Leo I guess noscript turned it into a "blank vote".

oops! haha
August 4, 2011 11:35:49 AM

mjmjpfaff said:
here is a build using the gtx 460 2win which is more powerful than the gtx 580

i5 2500k- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 220$

Asrock Pro3- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 110$

EVGA GTX 460 2win- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 320$

Antec 750w PSU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 65$

GSkill 4gb 1600mhz- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 35$

LG DVD Burner & Seagate 500gb hdd- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... 52$

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

Corsair Force 3 60gb- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 120$

Antec 300 illusion- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 50$

Total=1002$
you can easily bring this under 1k




This is very similar to the build i had entered in this (friendly) competition...editors didn't pick it lol. Though that may be because it kind of exceeded the budget by i think $100 without MIRs if i remember correctly...or maybe bacause these seemed better...can't tell.
August 4, 2011 12:02:31 PM

^though i notice all my builds with caviar blacks got rejected, and my spinpoint entry got selected. Any thoughts? Are caviar blacks bad or something?
August 4, 2011 3:15:38 PM

well they are not bad just slower and more expensive (the 1tb hdd).....a lot of people say they are much more reliable but i dont buy it. the samsungs are just as reliable.
August 4, 2011 3:16:09 PM

ojas said:
This is very similar to the build i had entered in this (friendly) competition...editors didn't pick it lol. Though that may be because it kind of exceeded the budget by i think $100 without MIRs if i remember correctly...or maybe bacause these seemed better...can't tell.

you used the gtx 460 2win?
August 4, 2011 7:50:56 PM

It's just the forum culture. Used to be very pro-WD and lately has swung away to Samsung and Seagate. WD does usually come up as the leader in reliability, especially in enterprise drives. I prefer WD myself as a long time user.
I always get the expected HD Tune scores on them and haven't had a problem with one since about '94. The problem I had in '94 was resolved instantly by WD, as they rushed me a new drive and I just mailed back the old one once I got the new one. All free of shipping charges.... but that was '94, they probably don't do that these days.

I have used Samsung drives in builds and also found them to be good.
August 4, 2011 7:54:49 PM

they are fairly comparable drives, and the samsung frequently goes on sale for $50. that makes it a huge winner for build junkies because $30 here and there goes a long way.
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