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November 15, 2012 4:23:39 PM

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 AMD-Based Gaming PC

Stay within $1,000 (without shipping) and no need to include OS, monitor, mouse/keyboard. To keep things fair and level the playing field, we ask that you restrict your product links to Newegg or Amazon. 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

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  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]
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November 15, 2012 7:57:09 PM
November 16, 2012 3:13:19 AM
November 16, 2012 9:18:36 AM
November 16, 2012 2:50:08 PM

Desperate Gamer Build.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nWxm
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nWxm/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nWxm/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($81.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill 350W ATX Power Supply ($25.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $383.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-16 15:47 EST-0500)
November 16, 2012 3:27:26 PM

Brandon402's Budget AMD Gaming Build

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($199.98 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.29 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Professional ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($93.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($269.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Red) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $992.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-16 12:25 EST-0500)

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nWIT
November 16, 2012 3:40:58 PM

Almost same as above, but this build uses a less expensive graphics card in favor of adding a liquid cooler, 64gb SSD, and Blu-Ray player.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($199.98 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Antec Kuhler H2O 620 Liquid CPU Cooler ($58.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Professional ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($93.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($59.00 @ B&H)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7770 2GB Video Card ($146.06 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Red) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($54.73 @ NCIX US)
Total: $994.70
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-16 12:38 EST-0500)

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nWNM
November 18, 2012 2:32:18 PM
November 19, 2012 12:31:46 AM

Zared619's "Red Storm"

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Mushkin Callisto Deluxe 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($90.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($376.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $999.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-18 21:36 EST-0500)

EDIT: Forgot to include a CD drive.
November 19, 2012 8:57:22 PM

OCMJ's actual HTPC- the consensus worst config as chosen by the forum!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($152.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($100.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($229.98 @ NCIX US)
Case: Thermaltake Commander MS/I Snow Edition (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.22 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($83.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Pioneer BDR-206DBKS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $990.11
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-19 17:56 EST-0500)
November 22, 2012 9:27:51 AM

Beginners delight
Processor: phenom ii x4 965 be ($99.99 @newegg)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-g46 am3+ *crossfire ready (74.99 @newegg)
RAM: g.skill ripjaws x series 4 gb *2x2gb (24.99 @newegg)
Graphics Card: sappire radeon hd 7770 (129.99 @newegg)
Hard Drive: seagate barracuda 1.5 tb (79.99 @newegg)
Case: rosewill challenger (49.99 @newegg)
Power Supply: rosewill stallion series 500w (39.99 @newegg)
Cooling: prolimatech panther cpu (54.99 @newegg)
DVD Burner: lg dvd burner black sata (18.99 @newegg)
Total = $673.90
(includes price and shipping)
This build is easy to upgrade in the future and with the hd 7770 will play almost every game on high/ultra with decent frame rate.
November 27, 2012 6:54:44 PM
November 27, 2012 8:17:26 PM
November 27, 2012 9:35:50 PM

Kraken

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($25.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI 990FXA-GD65V2 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($126.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($312.86 @ Newegg)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DG 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($28.98 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Shinobi Window ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($61.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $942.62
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-27 16:45 EST-0500)
November 28, 2012 4:42:51 AM
November 29, 2012 9:17:50 PM
November 30, 2012 11:04:08 AM

Processor: AMD FX-8320 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.0GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8320FRHKBOX 179.99$
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS 99.99$
HARD DRIVE: Western Digital WD RE4 WD1003FBYX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Enterprise Hard Drive -Bare Drive 199.00$
RAM: G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR 49.00$
GRAPHICS CARD: SAPPHIRE 100355OCL Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card OC Version 209.00$
POWER SUPPLY: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply 89.99$
CASE: AZZA Orion 202 EVO Black / Red SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 49.99$
DVD BURNER: ASUS DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B3ST/BLK/G/AS 24.99$


TOTAL-900$
November 30, 2012 5:22:41 PM

Rouids "I hope it works :S" rig
Processor: AMD FX-8150 Zambezi w/ liquid cooling $249.99
Motherboard: ASUS M5A99FX PRO $159.99
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB $37.99
Graphics Card: ASUS HD7770-2GD5 Radeon HD $159.99
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB $109.99
Case: AZZA Solano 1000 $129.99
Power Supply: AZZA Dynamo 850W $104.99
Cooling: N/A (case comes with 4 fans and processor comes with liquid cooling)
DVD Burner: ASUS DRW-24X $19.99

All prices are non-sale/savings prices

$934.93

With sales/savings prices as of 11/30/2012

$854.93
December 3, 2012 4:07:17 PM
December 4, 2012 3:44:03 PM
December 7, 2012 5:43:02 PM

Basically Awesome Gaming Build
CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot G2 Series 8GB (4 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($31.87 @ Amazon)
Storage: Hitachi 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.27 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($181.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $656.05
December 10, 2012 3:06:14 AM

Recent Budget Build

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($117.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($112.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($60.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($20.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $587.85
December 12, 2012 6:30:46 PM

to add to what everyone else has allready said, i would get a 1000w psu for future crossfire/sli

also just a quick scroll through... i saw some people reccomending cards such as the 7770 and the 6670...
wouldnt go with these unless you want your fps to be hampered

perhaps the 7870 would be a good choice for now
December 12, 2012 8:01:31 PM

samraptor said:
to add to what everyone else has allready said, i would get a 1000w psu for future crossfire/sli

also just a quick scroll through... i saw some people reccomending cards such as the 7770 and the 6670...
wouldnt go with these unless you want your fps to be hampered

perhaps the 7870 would be a good choice for now

Some people included these for two reasons.
1. The 7770 is an excellent $100 card that is meant for low budget builds. If you looked at the prices, they are well under the $1000 price limit.

2. The 6670 will crossfire with the new Trinity processors. This is again, meant for low budget builds. Not everyone on here is looking to build the best $1000 build. Not everyone has $1000 to spend.
December 12, 2012 11:35:01 PM

samraptor said:
to add to what everyone else has allready said, i would get a 1000w psu for future crossfire/sli

also just a quick scroll through... i saw some people reccomending cards such as the 7770 and the 6670...
wouldnt go with these unless you want your fps to be hampered

perhaps the 7870 would be a good choice for now


There is no possible way for a 1000W to make any sense in a $1000 or less gaming build with current components... It's be so overkill that efficiency and longevity could be severely hindered.
December 17, 2012 11:36:53 PM

CPU: AMD FX-6300 ($129.99 @ AMAZON)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 ($84.99 @ Newegg)
MB: MSI 990FXA-GD65V2 ATX ($126.86 @ Newegg) (-$15 from combo w/ cooler)
RAM: Mushkin Redline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 ($69.99 @ Newegg)
GPU: PowerColor PCS+ AX7870 2GBD5-2DHPPV3E Radeon HD 7870 MYST Edition ($259.99 @ Newegg)
HD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB ($69.99 @ Newegg)
SSD: OCZ Vertex 4 ($109.99 @ Amazon.com)
Case: Silverstone SST-RL01B-USB 3.0 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.98 @ Newegg)
PSU: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold ($89.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $977.77

Overclockable, with a massive GPU. the SSD, high performing ram, and solid MB make this one a beast.
December 18, 2012 12:13:57 AM

ingtar33 said:
CPU: AMD FX-6300 ($129.99 @ AMAZON)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 ($84.99 @ Newegg)
MB: MSI 990FXA-GD65V2 ATX ($126.86 @ Newegg) (-$15 from combo w/ cooler)
RAM: Mushkin Redline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 ($69.99 @ Newegg)
GPU: PowerColor PCS+ AX7870 2GBD5-2DHPPV3E Radeon HD 7870 MYST Edition ($259.99 @ Newegg)
HD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB ($69.99 @ Newegg)
SSD: Crucial M4 128GB ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Silverstone SST-RL01B-USB 3.0 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.98 @ Newegg)
PSU: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold ($89.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $986.77

Overclockable, with a massive GPU. the SSD, high performing ram, and solid MB make this one a beast.

Build looks decent, but why the $70 RAM?
December 18, 2012 1:50:45 AM

Processor: AMD FX-4300 @3.8GHz ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A88-M AM3+ ($99.99 @ Newegg)
RAM: G.Skill Ares 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1866 ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Graphics Card: Sapphire HD7870 GHz Edition 2GB (239.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Momentus XT 500GB Hybrid HDD ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define Mini ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX600 ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Cooling: Stock Cooling, included with processor
DVD Burner: LG 24X DVD writer $16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $771.92
December 18, 2012 5:44:06 AM

AMD "It should get the job done" budget box
Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition @ Newegg $99.99
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ @ Newegg $144.99
RAM: G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB DDR3 1866 @ Newegg $49.99
Graphics Card: GIGABYTE GV-R797OC-3GD Radeon HD 7970 3GB @ Newegg $399.99
Hard Drive: WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM @ Newegg $69.99
Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 @ Newegg $59.99
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze @ Newegg $67.99
SSD: Kingston SSDNow 120GB @ Newegg $89.99
DVD Burner: LG 24X DVD Burner @ Newegg $16.99
Total = $999.91
Man that was close! It'll have to make due with the stock cooling for the CPU but I think that it should play some games.
December 18, 2012 10:02:06 AM
December 18, 2012 9:55:08 PM
December 20, 2012 9:34:55 AM

zared619 said:
Build looks decent, but why the $70 RAM?


With the unlocked AMD CPU's, having good RAM can actually make a tangible difference with regard to your overclock limits and options. I have never had any experience with 7-9-8-24 latency modules, and would generally just opt for Crucial Ballistix 8-8-8-24 RAM myself, but I understand where he was going with the top-shelf PSU and memory. Would go with Gigabyte or Asus over MSI for the mobo though....
December 21, 2012 2:24:27 AM
December 21, 2012 9:42:48 PM
January 4, 2013 4:49:48 AM

ocmusicjunkie said:
With the unlocked AMD CPU's, having good RAM can actually make a tangible difference with regard to your overclock limits and options. I have never had any experience with 7-9-8-24 latency modules, and would generally just opt for Crucial Ballistix 8-8-8-24 RAM myself, but I understand where he was going with the top-shelf PSU and memory. Would go with Gigabyte or Asus over MSI for the mobo though....



couldn't have said it better myself. i was looking at overclocking the CPU. And you're right again with the MB comment.

not the greatest MB around for overclocking, but it's durable... and when you're running a high overclock 24/7 365, you need a durable board. You'll get better OCs with an ASUS or Gigabyte, but i can't pass up the features on that MSI or how durable a board it is.

personally i think the worst part of that build is the SSD, so i edited it a little with a vertex 4 i found on amazon.com for 109.99
January 5, 2013 6:05:13 PM

the rig in my signature :) 
January 7, 2013 4:13:56 PM

These Are All Expensive

My Pc Cost My £350 and i can run any Game On Ultra

Pc Spec Is

XFX 550w Pro Core PSU
AMD Phemon II X4 3.2GHZ Quad Core Black Edition
4GB Ram
ECS MCP61M-M3 Motherboard
Graphics Card : ATI Radeon 6770
Hitachi 1TB STAT Hard Drive
Belkin Wireless N1 PCI Card

January 8, 2013 8:33:50 AM

pop4up said:
These Are All Expensive

My Pc Cost My £350 and i can run any Game On Ultra

Pc Spec Is

XFX 550w Pro Core PSU
AMD Phemon II X4 3.2GHZ Quad Core Black Edition
4GB Ram
ECS MCP61M-M3 Motherboard
Graphics Card : ATI Radeon 6770
Hitachi 1TB STAT Hard Drive
Belkin Wireless N1 PCI Card


What, are you using a 768P monitor? Or are you playing old games? No way this would play ultra on most modern games at 1080P
January 8, 2013 3:20:34 PM

PANZER4 said:
What, are you using a 768P monitor? Or are you playing old games? No way this would play ultra on most modern games at 1080P



I was wondering the same thing.
January 15, 2013 5:15:35 PM

This topic has been desticky in top of the forum by Jpishgar
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January 25, 2013 2:51:57 PM

AMD FX-8320 8 Core AM3+ 3,5 GHz = 170 $ = 965 kn - AMAZON
EVGA GTX660 Ti FTW 3 GB DDR5 = 350 $ = 1988 kn – AMAZON

What Mbo would you add? Can i Get a 2.0 x 16 or 3.0 x 16 becose of GPU?
March 2, 2013 7:49:03 AM

I find it just amazing that the 'budget build' without monitor, peripherals and O/S has an upper limit of $1000. Considering this is the value of the middle ground in Tom's quarterly SBM (the top of 2013 Q1 !) it seems excessive to me. I don't see how anyone can justify $1000 as 'budget'. There are plenty of very capable builds in this thread that are way below that 4 figure limit so the budget should have been set much lower - nearer $700 in my opinion.

Take a look at ArsTechnica's Bargain box (sub $500), Budget box (~$800), HotRod (~$1200) and God box builds and you will see very capable machines for very fair prices which include the monitor and peripherals.

Bear in mind that the budget build should be at least as good as the soon to be released consoles (XBox720, PS4) and better, but for not a lot more money. Most of the builds here far exceed that minimum without breaking a sweat, so some should be considered for a higher category.
July 3, 2013 2:51:07 PM

My custom updated gaming baby :D 

Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Full tower : 105e (4 years old)
CPU: AMD FX-6300 :101e (1 week ago )
RAM: G. Skill Performance 8Gb (4x2) 1600 DDR3 :78e (4 years old)
HD : Western Digital Caviar Black 1T Sata3 86e (4 months ago)
DVD Burner: LG: 23e ( I don't remember the model I have it 7 years is IDE :p )
Motherboard: ASROCK 990FX Extreme 4: 141e (1 week ago)
PSU: OCZ 550W: 57e (1 year old)
Graphics Card: XFX ATI HD5770 1G DDR5: 129e (4 years old)
Monitor: LG FLATRON W2243T 1080p: 139e (4 years old)
CPU Cooler: I had a scythe Kama angle B but it doesn't fit in my motherboard so I thinking to buy Arctic freezer A30 that means +32e
Total: 859 euros (without the cooler)
July 3, 2013 2:51:07 PM

My custom updated gaming baby :D 

Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Full tower : 105e (4 years old)
CPU: AMD FX-6300 :101e (1 week ago )
RAM: G. Skill Performance 8Gb (4x2) 1600 DDR3 :78e (4 years old)
HD : Western Digital Caviar Black 1T Sata3 86e (4 months ago)
DVD Burner: LG: 23e ( I don't remember the model I have it 7 years is IDE :p )
Motherboard: ASROCK 990FX Extreme 4: 141e (1 week ago)
PSU: OCZ 550W: 57e (1 year old)
Graphics Card: XFX ATI HD5770 1G DDR5: 129e (4 years old)
Monitor: LG FLATRON W2243T 1080p: 139e (4 years old)
CPU Cooler: I had a scythe Kama angle B but it doesn't fit in my motherboard so I thinking to buy Arctic freezer A30 that means +32e
Total: 859 euros (without the cooler)
!