The system builder marathons are great examples of how to build an awesome cost effective gaming rig. But if you look around hard enough and plan ahead, you can up the builds they do with the same restrictions. This is what I managed to put together.
Note just how important it is to look for deals, and price match if all else fails. The potential savings after factoring in taxes at this price point is mind boggling!
Mission: Build a high end 2560 X 1440 res gaming rig comparable to the Toms Hardware Sept $2000 build but with a better case, better SSD, and better motherboard for even less money. Don't care about optical. Need a monitor, gaming keyboard and headset (already have mouse and OS)
Only regret: If I was faster I could have gotten the M4 for $170 but it sold out almost instantly
In the end, is it that different? Not really, but I can OC a bit higher at the same voltage due to a better MOBO (and maybe some luck from Intel), and I'm very happy with the case and SSD. The big thing to note is how much more I could have spent if I wasn't careful. So find those deals!!!
- Canada, Ontario, Tax is 13%
- Tax for Total Overall is calculated using taxes before MIRs are subtracted from price but after Instant Rebates are applied to get the final price that tax is calculated against
Since I was aiming to emulate the System Build Marathon done here, I excluded the monitor and extras from the total cost. But yea, I am very happy with the tower. However, like many reviews have pointed out, it can be a stretch to get the SATA cables to where you want them.