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BestConfigs Poll - Budget Intel Gaming PC

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Which build do you like best?

Total: 294 votes (156 blank votes)

  • Zared619's "The Harbinger"
  • 21 %
  • Mrdowntownkiller "Ze Raptor" BuildMrdowntownkiller "Ze Raptor" Build
  • 13 %
  • Thomas Creel's Build
  • 5 %
  • lock9342's Build
  • 24 %
  • Lunyone's "Got to have Good Gaming on a (Realistic) Budget"
  • 30 %
  • adamlee06's Build
  • 8 %
  • The Gigatron Omega eXtreme 3000 Ultra Z
  • 2 %
January 15, 2013 6:46:31 PM

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

Please see below for a list of the choices available.

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.)

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.)

Thomas Creel's Build

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.)

lock9342's Build

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.)

Lunyone's "Got to have Good Gaming on a (Realistic) Budget"

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($69.49 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill REDBONE U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($38.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $529.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

adamlee06's Build

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Gene Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($199.99 @ Newegg)
RAM: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Graphics Card: XFX Double D Radeon HD 7870 2GB GHz Edition Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($76.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Tempest 410 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified Fully Modular Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Cooling: Corsair H80 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ Newegg)
DVD Burner: Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1007.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
Total excluding shipping (as per rules): $997.91

The Gigatron Omega eXtreme 3000 Ultra Z

Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core -- $219.99
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard -- $119.99
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL -- $24.99
Graphics Card: EVGA 02G-P4-3664-KR GeForce GTX 660 Ti FTW Signature2 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 -- $289.99
Hard Drive: ADATA Premier Pro SP900 ASP900S3-128GM-C 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) -- $104.99
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -- $79.99
Case: Rosewill REDBONE Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case -- $29.99
Power Supply: SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply -- $99.99
Cooling: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler -- $24.99
DVD Burner: LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM -- $17.99

Josh's "Shoot the Moon" Build

Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 - BX80637I53570K ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: AS Rock LGA1155 DDR3 SATA3 USB3.0 Quad CrossFireX and Quad SLI A GbE ATX Motherboard Z77 EXTREME4 (104.99 @ Amazon)
RAM: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) PV38G160C9KRD (19.99 AR @ Newegg)
Graphics Card: EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card (449.99 AR @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA III, 64 MB Cache (67.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 200R Black Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (34.99 AR @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G Series SSR-550RM 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply (59.99 AR @ Newegg)
Cooling: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler (25.99 AR @ Newegg)
DVD Burner: SAMSUNG DVD Burner 24X DVD+RW SATA Model SH-224BB - OEM (15.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $999.91
January 15, 2013 7:18:48 PM

Why can't I vote for Josh's? Is that just a glitch or am I missing something? It seems to be the best in raw horse power too, with a GTX 680 and an i5 3570k.
January 15, 2013 9:49:49 PM

Whats the best one, when are the votes gonna be all piled in and the scores taken?
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January 16, 2013 3:43:49 AM

I don't like any of these, and the prices vary way too much. What is your budget? What is your resolution? Is this price/performance because they all kinda lose except for the cheapest one.
January 16, 2013 12:07:28 PM

I was going to vote for Josh's build but there isn't an option for it in the poll.
January 17, 2013 3:49:33 AM

CaptainTom said:
I don't like any of these, and the prices vary way too much. What is your budget? What is your resolution? Is this price/performance because they all kinda lose except for the cheapest one.


I seem to remember the original thread having a budget of $1000 for the PC minus peripherals. No resolution was included to my knowledge. The $500 is a great $500 budget system, but there's no denying its the weakest system here for gaming and there's plenty to be had in another $500. The 2C/2T Pentium is going to hold it back in some games, particularly in future releases probably due this year if I had to guess. Not knocking it though, great $500 build
January 17, 2013 4:34:40 AM

SRT Zeus said:
I seem to remember the original thread having a budget of $1000 for the PC minus peripherals. No resolution was included to my knowledge. The $500 is a great $500 budget system, but there's no denying its the weakest system here for gaming and there's plenty to be had in another $500. The 2C/2T Pentium is going to hold it back in some games, particularly in future releases probably due this year if I had to guess. Not knocking it though, great $500 build


Didn't notice the pentium. I would definitely get a phenom II x4 965 instead. Point is, I could make a better price/performance build than all of these, and we don't know enough to make a judgment...
January 17, 2013 5:29:38 AM

CaptainTom said:
Didn't notice the pentium. I would definitely get a phenom II x4 965 instead. Point is, I could make a better price/performance build than all of these, and we don't know enough to make a judgment...


Then you should enter in the next build thread, the more different configs submitted the more options we have for choices! :D 

On average the 965 is gonna run about $90. At that price point, you're just $20 shy of an i3-3220 which will outperform the 965, not to mention the 965 uses 225% more power and a slower chipset. Its still great for the money and all, I have one currently on an 890gx board and it works fine for many games.
January 17, 2013 6:32:29 AM

SRT Zeus said:
Then you should enter in the next build thread, the more different configs submitted the more options we have for choices! :D 

On average the 965 is gonna run about $90. At that price point, you're just $20 shy of an i3-3220 which will outperform the 965, not to mention the 965 uses 225% more power and a slower chipset. Its still great for the money and all, I have one currently on an 890gx board and it works fine for many games.


Notify me when there is one.

Pros:

-The Phenom is $30 cheaper than the i3
-When overclocked to 4 GHz (Which I have never seen one that can't) it easily beats the i3 in just about all benchmarks.
-It can support full 16/16 crossfire or 8/8/8/8 whereas an i3 can only do 8/8.
-It can be put into some really nice AM3+ mobos that allow upgrading to AMD's future Steamroller whereas the i3 is in a soon to be dead socket.

Cons:

-Much higher power use, but I fail to see a situation where it will make a difference except a bare bones, non-forward thinking budget build. But at that point just get a Pentium. If you want a good CPU, get an i5.

-Single threaded tasks are slower than i3 usually but not by much most of the time, and it will almost never be noticeable.


That is why I keep recommending Phenoms in $500 and under builds...
January 17, 2013 7:05:26 AM

Agree with Zeus on this. I have a Phenom II X4 B35 @ 3.5ghz and it just can't keep up with the i3-3220 for gaming. Architecture efficiency is king it seems :p 

One note to remember however is that PCIe 3.0 8x/8x is essentially equivalent to PCIe 2.0 16x/16x in real world performance, something which is commonly overlooked.

However, we should probably focus more on the builds at hand here, which incidentally are limited to Intel only. :) 
January 17, 2013 2:27:26 PM

adamlee06 said:
Agree with Zeus on this. I have a Phenom II X4 B35 @ 3.5ghz and it just can't keep up with the i3-3220 for gaming. Architecture efficiency is king it seems :p 

One note to remember however is that PCIe 3.0 8x/8x is essentially equivalent to PCIe 2.0 16x/16x in real world performance, something which is commonly overlooked.

However, we should probably focus more on the builds at hand here, which incidentally are limited to Intel only. :) 


The i3's only support 2.0:

http://ark.intel.com/products/65693/Intel-Core-i3-3220-...(3M-Cache-3_30-GHz)

I was surprised too!

If you are gonna pair a Phenom II with a 7870 or up, then yeah it's a mistake. But again I would say for a sub $500 build a 7870 is a little too pricey anyways. It would be more balanced to go with a 7850, and in almost all games the Phenom won't hold anything back (Especially when overclocked). If you are gonna spend at least $130 on a cpu, spend the extra $35 for an FX-8320 or more likely an i5-2300 so you are ok for many years to come.

Just my two cents. ;) 
January 17, 2013 7:06:30 PM

Good to know about i3's lacking PCI-e 3.0. However, this isn't about a $500 budget build and what works best with it, or any builds other than those listed. It's simply a poll, not who could do better on what budget with which components. Thanks for the headsup on the i3's PCI-E config however :sol: 
January 18, 2013 12:36:31 AM

adamlee06 said:
Good to know about i3's lacking PCI-e 3.0. However, this isn't about a $500 budget build and what works best with it, or any builds other than those listed. It's simply a poll, not who could do better on what budget with which components. Thanks for the headsup on the i3's PCI-E config however :sol: 


Yeah I hope I didn't hijack the thread. Just saying I think the wall of text is scaring people away. Good luck!
January 18, 2013 4:08:18 PM

I agree with him on the budget. Since we have so many categories, I would expect to see a lot more builds within 500-700.
January 18, 2013 4:18:20 PM

Once again, only Lunyone seems to understand what a "budget" build should be.
January 18, 2013 4:30:58 PM

Only one of the builds is a budget build. the rest don't even belong in this section.
January 18, 2013 5:19:47 PM

What's up with the prices? It's well past holiday season but hardly any of the prices are current (except ones that didn't change). A lot of these builds wouldn't have made it, otherwise.

Josh's build for example, should be at least $100 more.

I'll have to put in a blank vote...
January 19, 2013 1:29:34 AM

There are factors here which people are either unaware of aren't taking into consideration:

The first and most important is that the original thread for submissions, started by jpishgar, clearly said the "budget" for these systems was $1000. The goal was to build what you considered the best gaming pc for $1000, which is what these are. Also, prices were not subject to change, but only reflected prices at the time of the postings in the original thread.

Jpishgar should have posted this information on THIS thread so people understood the rules of submissions. Although Lunyone's build is great for a $500 build, it is nowhere near the performance level of any of the other builds listed here. The fact that it is even listed among these builds without insight as to what the actual budget here was during submissions give it an automatic unfair advantage. As such, people are voting for it since its the most "budget" oriented build among these, even though all the others clearly fell within the rules of the competition and are all better gaming machines.

Jpishgar should restart this poll with the necessary information from the original thread. IMO, Lunyone's should be replaced on the poll with Josh's (which is listed but has no vote option), especially since it's nowhere near the performance level of any of the others.

I do believe however that the next time submissions for these build-categories are started, that an "Ultra-low budget" thread should be created as well.

Just my two-cents, as this entire poll is skewed due to lack of background info.
January 19, 2013 6:07:42 AM

SRT Zeus said:
There are factors here which people are either unaware of aren't taking into consideration:

The first and most important is that the original thread for submissions, started by jpishgar, clearly said the "budget" for these systems was $1000. The goal was to build what you considered the best gaming pc for $1000, which is what these are. Also, prices were not subject to change, but only reflected prices at the time of the postings in the original thread.

Jpishgar should have posted this information on THIS thread so people understood the rules of submissions. Although Lunyone's build is great for a $500 build, it is nowhere near the performance level of any of the other builds listed here. The fact that it is even listed among these builds without insight as to what the actual budget here was during submissions give it an automatic unfair advantage. As such, people are voting for it since its the most "budget" oriented build among these, even though all the others clearly fell within the rules of the competition and are all better gaming machines.

Jpishgar should restart this poll with the necessary information from the original thread. IMO, Lunyone's should be replaced on the poll with Josh's (which is listed but has no vote option), especially since it's nowhere near the performance level of any of the others.

I do believe however that the next time submissions for these build-categories are started, that an "Ultra-low budget" thread should be created as well.

Just my two-cents, as this entire poll is skewed due to lack of background info.

Actually, i think his build is the only one that's still within $1000 now.
January 19, 2013 7:46:15 AM

ojas said:
Actually, i think his build is the only one that's still within $1000 now.


Now doesn't matter. All submissions for all builds are based on prices at the time of posting. Everyone is way over complicating this.

Zeus has a point, jpishgar should chime in on this to clear up some of the misunderstandings :) 
January 25, 2013 1:13:31 AM

aw they spelled my name wrong also have u noticed all the builds around this budget is the 3570k and asrock z77 extreme4 mobo only the rest vary
January 25, 2013 1:16:28 AM

wifiwolf said:
I agree with him on the budget. Since we have so many categories, I would expect to see a lot more builds within 500-700.


in the original post the budget was clearly stated to be 1000
January 25, 2013 6:05:30 AM

I like lock9342's build
January 25, 2013 6:17:42 AM

prices are not correct...
January 25, 2013 11:37:17 PM

sakalu said:
prices are not correct...


these were made months ago
January 26, 2013 4:28:19 PM

Note to self: Nobody likes Sandy Bridge anymore lol
January 26, 2013 8:54:15 PM

I'd vote for Josh but i can't.
January 27, 2013 6:08:53 AM

k, well most of these are DQ'd anways because they don't only use new egg and amazon...
January 30, 2013 8:47:29 AM

I thought only Amazon and Newegg stores were allowed...?
January 30, 2013 12:08:14 PM

excella1221 said:
I thought only Amazon and Newegg stores were allowed...?

You are correct. It was stated in the original setup of the challenge, but we still have 2 builds here that deviated from the requirements.
January 30, 2013 1:54:52 PM

Thanks for the votes everyone! Congrats to lunyone.

EDIT: I forgot to post my suggestion for next year. I think instead of just two budget ranges, there should be three. I know that everyone has a varying budget, but I think that the best would be to go in $600 intervals.

High-end: $1800
Mid-range: $1200
Budget-range- $600

January 31, 2013 2:42:57 AM

I've always stated that we should have:

* ~$500 Budget
* ~$750 Mid Range Budget
* >$1000 High End Budget
January 31, 2013 9:58:12 PM

lunyone said:
I've always stated that we should have:

* ~$500 Budget
* ~$750 Mid Range Budget
* >$1000 High End Budget


1000 is NOT high end...
1500-2500 is high end.
it should be 500, 1000, 2000. 2 of which we already have.
February 1, 2013 2:18:10 AM

masterman467 said:
1000 is NOT high end...
1500-2500 is high end.
it should be 500, 1000, 2000. 2 of which we already have.

If you notice I put >$1000 so anything above that would be good, just saying.
February 5, 2013 6:22:33 AM

Whats the best one
February 5, 2013 6:25:11 AM

soaote said:
Whats the best one

Depends on your needs and budget.
February 5, 2013 1:38:26 PM

lunyone said:
If you notice I put >$1000 so anything above that would be good, just saying.


I know, im just saying that most people on the forum ask for 600-800 dollar, 1000 dollar (most common) and 1500-2500. just looking threw http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum-31-322.html to see most common prices.

Spoiler
Also, a few people say "i haz 110 doulrz frum meh burfday. kan i mex out buttlul furld tree? war kan i turrunt et?" but they don't count -_-
February 5, 2013 2:26:24 PM

masterman467 said:
I know, im just saying that most people on the forum ask for 600-800 dollar, 1000 dollar (most common) and 1500-2500. just looking threw http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum-31-322.html to see most common prices.

Spoiler
Also, a few people say "i haz 110 doulrz frum meh burfday. kan i mex out buttlul furld tree? war kan i turrunt et?" but they don't count -_-

And some end up spending close to $500, $750, & >$1k, so that is why I would suggest those price points. Not that my suggestion is 100% correct, but I think would make a better (tighter) build options. One could see what a basic "Budget" build (~$500) and what an extra ~$250 would buy them. Then from there the sky's the limit :) 
February 19, 2013 11:22:36 AM

Lock9342's Build Appeals to me alot - Decent pricing and has a good foundations of a a good computer without going Crazy !
March 2, 2013 11:52:56 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($47.63 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($96.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Xion XON-180 ATX Mid Tower Case ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($68.97 @ Outlet PC)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $743.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-02 08:51 EST-0500)
March 3, 2013 6:59:09 PM

CPU: i3 3220 Dual Core 3.3GHz (£85.19)
http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/Inte...

Motherboard: MSI B75MA-P45 Intel B75 Socket 1155 DDR3 PCI-Express Motherboard (£46.03)
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Motherboards/...

Storage: 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 3.5" SATA III Hard Drive - HDD (£71.26)
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Storage/Hard+Drives/3.5+...

Optical Drive: LiteOn 24x Internal SATA DVD RW Drive [IHAS124-04] (£13.78)
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Optical+Drive...

Graphics Card: MSI Power Edition GeForce GTX 650 Ti (£116.11)
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX...

Power Supply: Corsair CX 430 WATT (£34.15)
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Power+Supplie... Modular+650W+or+less/430W+Corsair+Builder+Series+430CX+80PLUS+Bronze+Power+Supply+?productId=52660

RAM: Corsair 8GB (2X4GB) (£44.98)
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-(2x4gb)-corsair-ddr3-vengeance-low-profile-jet-black-pc3-12800-(1600mhz)-non-ecc-unbuffered-cas-

Case: ARIAnet Storm Type-R Black Midi (£28.99)
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Cases/Micro+A...

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-Bit DVD - OEM [GFC-02050] (£67.19)
http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/Micr...

TOTAL = £507.68

HOPE THIS HELPS! :bounce: 
March 3, 2013 7:49:25 PM

Lunyone's Realistic Budget PC is the only one I'd consider a budget PC. Anything over 700 USD is no longer a budget PC. I just bought 900 USD in parts and didn't buy a video card yet because I know that I'll be upgrading my PC quite a bit in the next 5 years before giving it to a friend and building a new one. (That's what I'll keep doing every time I want to build a new PC) If I wanted to buy a computer that could do nothing else but game, I'd pick that computer since it's a smart design for a low price which makes it the best budget PC in the list.
March 4, 2013 1:02:52 AM

Junoh315 said:
Lunyone's Realistic Budget PC is the only one I'd consider a budget PC. Anything over 700 USD is no longer a budget PC. I just bought 900 USD in parts and didn't buy a video card yet because I know that I'll be upgrading my PC quite a bit in the next 5 years before giving it to a friend and building a new one. (That's what I'll keep doing every time I want to build a new PC) If I wanted to buy a computer that could do nothing else but game, I'd pick that computer since it's a smart design for a low price which makes it the best budget PC in the list.

And that is basically what I keep telling myself each time the Best Config's come out. Most people don't have $700-$1k to spend on a PC for gaming, because they usually have to buy a Monitor and OS with the system. This usually puts the price close to $700 with those 2 other parts. The last 3 Best Config's I have always put up a "Budget" system of around $500 and won each one. One would think that they would listen to the results and put in a "Real" budget gaming system budget around $400-600.
March 4, 2013 11:14:11 AM

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March 4, 2013 5:31:56 PM

Junoh315 said:
Lunyone's Realistic Budget PC is the only one I'd consider a budget PC. Anything over 700 USD is no longer a budget PC. I just bought 900 USD in parts and didn't buy a video card yet because I know that I'll be upgrading my PC quite a bit in the next 5 years before giving it to a friend and building a new one. (That's what I'll keep doing every time I want to build a new PC) If I wanted to buy a computer that could do nothing else but game, I'd pick that computer since it's a smart design for a low price which makes it the best budget PC in the list.


The original design was only including the CPU, graphics card, motherboard, case, power supply and RAM because it was personalized for me, I was taking parts from builds I already own so the price was much lower, at £347.81 or $524.14. That's why its a lot more expensive because I didn't include the storage, optical drive or operating system.
March 5, 2013 6:41:30 PM

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