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November 15, 2012 4:22:52 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 Intel-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

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!
November 15, 2012 6:45:38 PM

Zared619's "The Harbinger"

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Mushkin Callisto Deluxe 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($90.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.47 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($247.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Lian-Li PC-K62 ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $989.25
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-16 09:46 EST-0500)

EDIT: Format and case change.
November 15, 2012 8:10:46 PM

Mrdowntownkiller "Ze Raptor" build

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master V6 GT 93.7 CFM CPU Cooler ($49.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.49 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($299.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($80.24 @ Amazon)
Total: $989.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-15 19:21 EST-0500)
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November 15, 2012 9:04:16 PM
November 15, 2012 9:17:34 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP900 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $989.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-15 18:20 EST-0500)
November 15, 2012 9:36:46 PM

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.29 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($349.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($73.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $930.20
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-15 18:36 EST-0500)
November 15, 2012 9:55:36 PM

G-Unit's "Phantom Menace":

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($285.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $986.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-15 18:54 EST-0500)
November 15, 2012 10:36:12 PM

Unfortunately I couldn't find all the parts through the FB App. Prices do include some mail-in-rebates (hope that still qualifies).

Isaiah4110's "Quick Draw" Gamer:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($28.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($100.49 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($314.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec DF-35 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $988.40
(Prices include discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-15 19:18 EST-0500)
November 15, 2012 11:13:54 PM

So when does the judging take place, and how do you account for shifting prices in the market? Do you just use the price as configured at the time it was posted, or is an entry disqualified if it goes over budget at the time of judging?

With current prices, here's what I got:


The Firefly
CPU: Intel i5 3570k for $219.99 at Newegg
HSF: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 for $1.99 at Newegg with CPU Combo
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-Z77-D3H for $109.99 at Newegg
RAM: G.skill Sniper 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 RAM for $34.99 at Newegg
GPU: SAPPHIRE 100351SR Radeon HD 7970 3GB for $379.99 at Newegg
SSD: Samsung 830 Series 128GB SSD for $99.00 at Amazon
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM HDD for $49.99 at Newegg
Case: Antec DF-35 ATX Mid Tower for $29.99 at Newegg
PSU: Antec High Current Gamer 620W Modular Power Supply for $49.99 at Newegg
ODD: Lite-On iHAS124-04 for $17.99 at Newegg

Total: $993.91
November 15, 2012 11:17:10 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.D 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Diamond Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($394.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $967.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-15 20:16 EST-0500)

SSD s are nice, but no real performance in actual fps versus the gpu/cpu. So I decided against it.

Went with the cheaper non unlocked i5. You could easily cool it with no cpu cooler.
November 15, 2012 11:51:25 PM

hitman_kcin said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.D 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Diamond Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($394.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $967.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-15 20:16 EST-0500)

SSD s are nice, but no real performance in actual fps versus the gpu/cpu. So I decided against it.

Went with the cheaper non unlocked i5. You could easily cool it with no cpu cooler.



you should maybe skip out on the z77 mobo since you will not OC

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: EVGA 130-SB-E685-KR ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($28.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($97.90 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($424.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $944.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-15 20:50 EST-0500)

November 16, 2012 12:34:35 AM
November 16, 2012 2:07:26 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-GL Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($67.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($28.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($86.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($184.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($73.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $805.44
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-15 23:11 EST-0500)
November 16, 2012 12:11:54 PM

"The Pirate" by Brandon402

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.29 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($97.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($93.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($100.70 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($207.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Mini MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($98.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B3ST/BLK/G/AS DVD/CD Writer ($29.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $945.02
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-16 09:10 EST-0500)

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nVM7
November 16, 2012 1:24:18 PM

Revised Secondary entry.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock B75 PRO3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W ATX12V Power Supply
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $962.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-16 10:26 EST-0500)
November 16, 2012 6:41:46 PM

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($102.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($247.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($77.64 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $881.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-16 15:53 EST-0500)
November 17, 2012 6:57:41 PM

The "Apropos" -$1k Intel Budget Gaming Machine

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.11 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($63.36 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($299.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $999.39
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-17 15:57 EST-0500)
November 18, 2012 2:42:20 PM

Zared619's "Destroyer". What it lacks in overclocking capability, it makes up for with the 7970 and the ability to add another.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD55 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($386.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower Case ($41.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $987.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-18 13:33 EST-0500)

EDIT: Had to rearrange for two GPU slots. Currently, the MOBO comes with RAM.
November 18, 2012 3:43:39 PM

zared619 said:
Zared619's "Destroyer". What it lacks in overclocking capability, it makes up for with the 7970 and the ability to add another.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($76.71 @ Amazon)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($386.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.28 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $997.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-18 11:42 EST-0500)


i think you should change either the mobo or the PSU because the Mobo only allows for 1 GPU!
November 18, 2012 3:52:59 PM

1 GPU at x16 and 1 GPU at x4. Not optimal for sure.
November 18, 2012 4:29:51 PM

Good catch guys. I thought i clicked on the right one, but alas, I did not.
November 18, 2012 4:35:12 PM

zared619 said:
Good catch guys. I thought i clicked on the right one, but alas, I did not.


you should also change HDDs the only difference between the $50 1TB Seagate and the WB blue is that WD is a more reputable brand and has a better warranty, the speeds are about the same and you also have an SSD so you can go cheap on HDDs
November 18, 2012 4:39:09 PM

For judging reasons I present "The Destroyer v2"

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Mushkin Callisto Deluxe 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($90.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($76.71 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($386.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower Case ($41.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $992.15
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-18 13:39 EST-0500)
November 18, 2012 4:44:35 PM

zared619 said:
For judging reasons I present "The Destroyer v2"

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Mushkin Callisto Deluxe 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($90.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($76.71 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($386.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower Case ($41.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $992.15
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-18 13:39 EST-0500)


Much better! but i think you can still do better try out this SSD
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sandisk-internal-hard-driv...
it is cheap and reliable uses SATA III and the performance is on par to most high end SSDs

in pcpartpicker you should use this filter for SSDs
Type:SSD
Interface: Sata 6GB
Capacity: what ever you are looking for.
also click on price to GB and look for awesome deals like that Sanforce extreme.

Good luck on your next build!

Also looking at your build, since you are not going for an aftermarket heatsink you can get for tall heatsink ram to save money!
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/patriot-memory-pv38g160c9k...
November 18, 2012 4:47:23 PM

boulbox said:
you should also change HDDs the only difference between the $50 1TB Seagate and the WB blue is that WD is a more reputable brand and has a better warranty, the speeds are about the same and you also have an SSD so you can go cheap on HDDs

A better warranty is definitely worth it. Plus the $50 barracuda only has 32MB of cache, which does make a difference. I also have experience with WD's warranty service, and they are fantastic. I believe that the warranty alone makes the $25 premium worth it, and twice the cache is just a bonus.
November 18, 2012 4:48:57 PM

zared619 said:
A better warranty is definitely worth it. Plus the $50 barracuda only has 32MB of cache, which does make a difference. I also have experience with WD's warranty service, and they are fantastic. I believe that the warranty alone makes the $25 premium worth it, and twice the cache is just a bonus.


cache is worthless now if you have SSDs since SSDs act as the Cache pretty much. Cache matters when you do not have an SSD and it makes it sort of like a hybrid SSD+HDD
November 18, 2012 4:53:56 PM

Regardless, I think the warranty is worth it. With my personal experience with WD, they are the only HDD that I recommend.
November 18, 2012 4:58:19 PM

"You can't see me if i can't see you"

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP900 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($217.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec P280 ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1002.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-18 13:57 EST-0500)

it says $2 over but that includes shipping!

this is my try to make a silent build using no HDDs and trying for a bigger SSD. would love to try to get in a 512GB SSD but those are pricey.
November 18, 2012 5:01:51 PM

zared619 said:
Regardless, I think the warranty is worth it. With my personal experience with WD, they are the only HDD that I recommend.


yea i had a great experience with them too. Its just that i been using my Seagate barracuda for quite a while and nothing is wrong with it. i also have no experience returning stuff from either companies so i have no personal experience with their RMA.

since that happened i felt that the $25 more wasnt worth it. i would reconsider if it was about $5-10 more since it is a better warranty and that's about how much it costs just to make one(since you have to return the old drive anyways they can just reuse most of it)
November 18, 2012 5:09:41 PM

This is why this forum exists. People with different experiences and differing opinions offer what they have so that people can make what they believe is the best. This is my opinion, and you can have your opinion. Neither one of us is right or wrong, it is just what we believe.
November 18, 2012 10:40:51 PM

JerodPaul's "Long Term Upgradeability Rig for hardcore Gaming"

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Raidmax Super Hurricane (Black/Silver) ATX Mid Tower Case ($41.93 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $999.84
(Prices do not include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-18 19:33 EST-0500)
November 19, 2012 2:25:16 AM

Budget Build under $650
This is the build im building right now. Based on what research ive done it should be able to handle gaming very well at an easy price to swallow. Ive been collectiing parts the last few weeks and have been able to get the price even lower by using discounts and patience lol

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($125.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($76.71 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($212.55 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($58.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $628.20
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-18 23:21 EST-0500)
November 19, 2012 2:40:34 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series, Division 4 Editi 8GB (4 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($26.40 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($229.98 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 450W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $612.31

Don't worry about the DDR3-1333 memory, you can overclock it (:.
November 19, 2012 2:45:52 AM

Thomas Creel said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series, Division 4 Editi 8GB (4 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($26.40 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($229.98 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 450W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $612.31

Don't worry about the DDR3-1333 memory, you can overclock it (:.

I've never overclocked ram so to me that seems like a very hassling option when you could spend an extra 10 bucks to upgrade to DDR3-1600, and is DDR3-1333 overclockable to be equivalent to 1600?
November 19, 2012 3:08:37 AM

Yeah, and by the way 1600 isn't that much faster than 1333. In my personal experience between testing the FPS with both I have seen at most 4 frames per second increase and that was only when playing at +100FPS, so the increase is small.

Overclocking literally takes less than three minutes, and yes you can overclock that memory to 1600.
November 19, 2012 3:20:58 AM

Thomas Creel said:
Yeah, and by the way 1600 isn't that much faster than 1333. In my personal experience between testing the FPS with both I have seen at most 4 frames per second increase and that was only when playing at +100FPS, so the increase is small.

Overclocking literally takes less than three minutes, and yes you can overclock that memory to 1600.


http://pcpartpicker.com/part/patriot-memory-pv38g160c9k...

nuff said
November 25, 2012 5:08:03 AM
November 26, 2012 12:32:45 PM

Interested in the silent, or quieter build above (i5-3570, 7870). Is this: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO, as quiet as a liquid cooled system? I don't want maintenance or complexity that is not productive and don't like the idea of water in the case. Are SSD drives cooler and quieter than regular HDs? Is the case very important; the doors on the front of those designed for quiet look inconvenient, no? Don't want a full case; smaller is better. I am not looking to over clock. A grand+ for a reasonably fast, reliable, low maintenance, bread and butter system. With that goal, am I looking in the wrong supplier in Cyber Power? Their QC sounds dicey. Other? Thanks for any guidance.
November 27, 2012 4:41:20 AM

Thomas Creel said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.76 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: AMD Entertainment Edition 2GB (1 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($7.07 @ Amazon)
Memory: AMD Entertainment Edition 2GB (1 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($7.07 @ Amazon)
Memory: AMD Entertainment Edition 2GB (1 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($7.07 @ Amazon)
Memory: AMD Entertainment Edition 2GB (1 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($7.07 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($149.00 @ B&H)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Case: MSI TC- (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $925.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


Is there a reason as to why all 4 dimms are filled with a dual channel processor? just curious?
November 27, 2012 10:36:13 AM

Why are you using a Noctua NH-D14 rather than a liquid cooler?
November 27, 2012 4:38:13 PM

locke9342 said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nRMF
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nRMF/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nRMF/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.29 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($349.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($73.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $930.20
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-15 18:36 EST-0500)

OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE BEST PC BUILD I HAVE EVER SEEN! AMAZING PRICE TOO!!!
Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Buying. xD
November 27, 2012 7:01:45 PM
November 27, 2012 7:09:00 PM
November 27, 2012 7:28:29 PM

My Military Corsair Gaming RIG
Processor: Intel Core i5 3570K $219.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth Z77 $224.98 @ Amazon
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB Green CL9 1.5V $99.99 @ Amazon
Graphics Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti Power Edition $289.99 @ Amazon
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB $87.99 @ Amazon
Solid Drive: Corsair Neutron GTX 120GB $137.99 @ Amazon
Case: Corsair Vengeance C70 Military Green $139.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply: Corsair Professional AX750 $169.99 @ Amazon
Cooling: Corsair H100i $109.99 @ Amazon

$1480.90

Not quiet budget, but yeah.
November 27, 2012 7:47:15 PM

-snip-


wrong thread, crap
November 27, 2012 8:08:39 PM

Frank's "Broke Daddy" Build

Processor: Intel Pentium G630 Sandy Bridge 2.7GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Ram: G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Graphics: HIS iCooler H777F1G2M Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital WD Blue WD2500AAKX 250GB 7200 RPM ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill FBM-01 Dual Fans MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W 80 PLUS BRONZE ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Cooling: Included
DVD Burner: ASUS 24X DVD Burner Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM ($19.00 @ Newegg)

Total after rebates (taxes & shipping not included): $413.93 ($448.93 before rebates)

-Will play most mainstream games in medium graphics, low AA settings and will keep the wife happy and kids fed.
November 27, 2012 8:25:26 PM

JBBs' Intel buget build.*
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($194.70 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master V8 69.7 CFM Rifle Bearing CPU Cooler ($46.92 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($121.74 @ Mwave)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($274.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($53.88 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: FSP Group 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($68.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($23.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $926.17
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-27 17:24 EST-0500)
November 27, 2012 8:38:45 PM
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