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Buyers Guide: Budget Intel-Based Gaming PC Configuration

At $1000, this quarter's "budget" Intel gaming build is a far cry from its AMD counterpart. The new quad-core Haswell-based Core i5-4670K and a GeForce GTX 770 from Gigabyte take up the lion's share of this build's budget. An inexpensive motherboard from ASRock, and old-school hard disk drive, small-ish PSU, and cheap case left plenty of cash leftover to pay for that processing power. Congratulations to forum member Zared619 for having his "Instrument of Winning" picked by the Tom's Hardware community this quarter!

Updates
  • December 01, 2013 : Updated to reflect the Q4 2013 BestConfigs Poll - Congratulations Zared619!
  • March 14, 2013 : Updated to reflect the Q1 2013 BestConfigs Poll - Congratulations Lunyone!
  • August 18, 2011 : Updated to reflect the Q3 2011 BestConfigs Poll - Congratulations techo!