After thinking and researching on and off for the past 3 months I figured it was time to join and ask this great community for help with a new build. This will be used more for gaming than anything else. I'm a bit of a graphics enthusiast and would like whatever I play Battlefield 3, Fallout New Vegas, Arkham City and the like to run smooth and flawless and look as nice as possible on a 50" Panasonic Plasma (@720p).
Approximate Purchase Date: 1 to 2 Months
Budget Range: Near the $2,000 mark after rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, ripping/watching Blu Ray, streaming web video (Netflix/Hulu)
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers (Plan on connecting via HDMI to TV)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com
Country of Origin: United States
Parts Preferences: No preference. Whatever can play graphic rich games maxed out well and run smooth and flawlessly
Overclocking: If it's easy enough.
SLI or Crossfire: If it will help with the graphic rich games.
Monitor Resolution: 720p 50" Panasonic Plasma
Additional Comments: Graphics, graphics, graphics. Any recommendations on a battery back up/surge protection? Also, recommendation on blank Blu Ray media and a good ripping encoding program.
More about :xbmc powered htpc gaming build suggestions needed
for $2000 you should have a top-class gaming system that can act as an HTPC.
8 GB RAM: $47
Noctua CH14: $87
AS Rock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3: $125
Zotac GTX 570: $330
Antec HCG 620W PSU: $80
Blue Ray burner: $80
case to your taste up to $100
AVerMedia AVerTVHD Bravo PCTV Tuner : $40
Corsair Force 3 120 GB SSD: $180
Samsung F3 1TB: $70
OPTICAL DRIVE Dual Drives: Blu-ray Disc (BD) Burner (Writes to DVD/CD/BD) and DVDRW
It was an Alienware Aurora "Battlefield 3" build. I think I may change the HDD to 1TB and put an additional SSD in. Not sure about the dual drives or cooling options.
1| its just plain/straightup/really crap compared to what mr squirel posted for you...all the newest gen parts and the best you can buy with green colored paper.
the above cyberbuild is ripping you off of money and its very evident to us from ours homes. Sure you can pick it up if you're very stubborn - but given a few months time you'll start to understand what you needed and what went into that machine that cyberpower, correction alienware built you.
i posted this on another thread;
alienwares are like mini coopers with Ferrari grade pricing.
what we got you is more refined, better and priced how it should be - you on the other hand are paying for the moniker.
2| that lifehacker build is the same compared to what mr sqrl posted - so you got the same answer here only earlier.
sqrls build - GTX570, BR bruner , Corsair F3 ssd, 8GB DDR3 ram, k proc to overclock in future along with after market cooler, tv tuner, best Z68 mobo around, more than enough juice to power all your stuff.
lifehacker build - GTX560Ti, dvd burner, intel 320 ssd(not that its good), 4GB DDR3 ram, i7-2600 proc no aftermarket cooler, dud gigabyte Z68 mobo, 750W overkill PSU,no tv tuner