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A few months back, we introduced a feature called Best Configs, which included nine systems with components chosen by the Tom's Hardware staff. After considering your feedback on this new section, we're giving the community control over the picks!

Greetings Guys And Gals,

Best Configs is making a return, and this time, we want to feature your top picks for each of our nine configurations!

First, a little bit of background. The Best Configs feature first surfaced on Tom’s Hardware FR, consisting of monthly updates to 13 different builds with parts picked by the staff. We introduced a similar feature on Tom’s Hardware US and ran through a couple of different iterations. I followed the feedback on those carefully, and noticed that there were already very compelling configurations being posted to our forums by dedicated members of the community.

Rather than compete with those folks, I thought it’d be much more interesting to work with them, building the Best Configs section back up, but this time using your component recommendations.

Here’s how it works: we have nine sticky threads going in the forums, under the New Build category. If you see a configuration to which you’d like to contribute, we invite you to submit it. If you’d like to add a completely new configuration, feel free to post your idea here, and we’ll consider it for next month’s update.

At the end of three weeks, we’ll pick our five favorite recommendations in each thread and let you vote on them. The top build will become that month’s Best Config. We’ll lay it out on a new section featured on the front page of Tom’s Hardware, give you credit for the build, and make sure it’s accessible for the whole month before starting all over again.

In this way, Best Configs will be powered by our knowledgeable community. We’ll make sure to add system classifications that are currently missing, and I’ll get to work more closely with you—something I’ve been anxious to see happen for two years now.

The following are direct links to each of the existing nine builds:

Budget Intel-Based Gaming PC
Budget AMD-Based Gaming PC
High-End Intel Gaming PC
Intel-Based Office PC
High-End AMD Gaming PC
MicroATX Gaming Build
Home Theater PC
High-End Workstation
AMD-Based Office PC

See you in the forums!

Chris Angelini
Managing Editor, Tom’s Hardware US

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    nforce4max , August 30, 2010 10:15 PM
    Cool this might come in handy for building balanced systems.
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    bustapr , August 30, 2010 10:21 PM
    This is the best idea Toms has ever come up with. Thank you very much for this section, since it will help help a ton.
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    rfox911 , August 30, 2010 10:45 PM
    Very nice idea, as already said this will def be a help to many people
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    Misdissident , August 30, 2010 10:55 PM
    Awesome idea, but just a gripe... When I think of "budget" PCs, I don't really think of a $1000 "budget"... more like a 600 dollar "budget" :p 
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    cangelini , August 30, 2010 11:23 PM
    misdissidentAwesome idea, but just a gripe... When I think of "budget" PCs, I don't really think of a $1000 "budget"... more like a 600 dollar "budget"


    There's a good chance that we'll keep the top picks in the budget categories limited to $500 or so. If we need to adjust down the limit on the forum threads, that's the route we'll go! I'm with you--budget feels like something not much pricier than a gaming console.
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    thechief73 , August 30, 2010 11:54 PM
    Great idea! This will also provide good comparison and insite into other techies build choices.
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    Reynod , August 31, 2010 12:09 AM
    Awesome Chris.

    I'll have to see if my new CF 2X5850 / 1090T refrigerated rig fits into what budget ...

    Weight wise it is a boat anchor ...
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    tgsa , August 31, 2010 1:08 AM
    I like the idea, it'll be good to see what comes out. Now to hear the gripes about people and their different definitions of budget!

    Hope we'll get some good feedback!
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    lun4tic , August 31, 2010 1:08 AM
    I wish I had this back when I built my current computer a few months ago.
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    NeeKo , August 31, 2010 2:21 AM
    I know this is a USA site, but just 40% of the visitors are american, the rest of the world has waaaay different prices (A lot more expensive tbh), so even though these things are nice it would be nice to see them on other countries maybe? Idk, with 1000 usd you barely make a C2D machine in my country.
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    cangelini , August 31, 2010 3:08 AM
    NeeKoI know this is a USA site, but just 40% of the visitors are american, the rest of the world has waaaay different prices (A lot more expensive tbh), so even though these things are nice it would be nice to see them on other countries maybe? Idk, with 1000 usd you barely make a C2D machine in my country.


    Where are you from NeeKo? One of our strengths is the fact that there are localized versions of Tom's for Germany, France, Italy, Russian, Finland, Turkey, etc.--if this is something you'd like to see in another country, I can make the managing editor of that location aware, and possibly bring you something similar, tailored to your native currency!

    Regards,
    Chris
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    dEAne , August 31, 2010 3:10 AM
    Ok I will, I will check this out.
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    Mark Heath , August 31, 2010 6:00 AM
    I think it'd be better if you used a master sticky with links to all the configs, instead of having 9 stickies clogging things up.

    Great idea though.
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    Anonymous , August 31, 2010 9:03 AM
    This seems like a great idea. Hopefully people post real world results too.
    I would love to see a graphics orientated build eventually. (Perhaps a mid and high level build: Photography-Photoshop/Lightroom, and 3D/Video editing).
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    cangelini , August 31, 2010 9:17 AM
    akwmThis seems like a great idea. Hopefully people post real world results too.I would love to see a graphics orientated build eventually. (Perhaps a mid and high level build: Photography-Photoshop/Lightroom, and 3D/Video editing).


    How would you envision something like that differing from say, a more general-purpose workstation?
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    idiom , August 31, 2010 10:04 AM
    How about Best Config category for Hackintoshs?
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    NeeKo , August 31, 2010 10:30 AM
    cangeliniWhere are you from NeeKo? One of our strengths is the fact that there are localized versions of Tom's for Germany, France, Italy, Russian, Finland, Turkey, etc.--if this is something you'd like to see in another country, I can make the managing editor of that location aware, and possibly bring you something similar, tailored to your native currency!Regards,Chris


    I am from South America, to be more specific Uruguay.
    Just to give you a hint i7 930 here cost USD 349+Taxes (Which is 22% btw).
    Besides than that, we have very little choices.. just 5-6 places to buy and not much to choose from so I really doubt anyone would like to see one of these from here haha, I was just pointing out the fact that a 1000usd machine isnt the same everywhere :)  .
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    lunyone , August 31, 2010 12:03 PM
    I still think you should have a
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    avatar_raq , August 31, 2010 12:36 PM
    cangeliniWhere are you from NeeKo? One of our strengths is the fact that there are localized versions of Tom's for Germany, France, Italy, Russian, Finland, Turkey, etc.--if this is something you'd like to see in another country, I can make the managing editor of that location aware, and possibly bring you something similar, tailored to your native currency!Regards,Chris

    I'm in Iraq! No tom's for middle East! And prices here are insane :( 
    NeeKoJust to give you a hint i7 930 here cost USD 349+Taxes ... we have very little choices.. just 5-6 places to buy and not much to choose from ...

    Same suffering here dude! Most of the time I wait for my brother's next trip to China to get the things people in my country only hear of or read about, and never are able to get their hands on.. But this has many drawbacks..The last mobo I bought from China (ASUS P6X58D Premium) costed ~430 USD and it died after half an hour of operation! :( 
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