Your Top Picks: Tom's Hardware Forums' Q1 2013 BestConfigs

High-End Intel-Based Gaming PC

Our final and most popular BestConfig is the High-End Intel-Based Gaming PC.

Unlike the hotly-contested AMD setup, the results of the Intel build’s poll were a landslide for Django’s Green 3D VISON SURROUND Build at 55 votes.

Congratulations to forum member Django for having his recommended build picked by the Tom's Hardware community this quarter! 

Django chose the quad-core Core i7-3770K to power his BestConfig. The cheap, yet capable Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo makes a third appearance this quarter to cool the Ivy Bridge-based enthusiast chip. 

ASRock's Z77 Extreme6 motherboard is loaded with USB 3.0, 6 Gb/s SATA, four-way CrossFireX/SLI, and even Thunderbolt.

Though they only populate half of this motherboard's slots, two 8 GB DDR3-1600 modules from G.Skill are more than enough for gaming.

Even though Django only went with a single graphics card for this build, he chose the dual-GPU GeForce GTX 690. Combined with the Core i7-3770K, this rig should be able to handle just about anything. 

The 128 GB flavor of the wickedly-fast Samsung 840 Pro SSD acts as the boot and application drive, with a 2 TB Seagate Barracuda providing plenty of room for user data. Powering this beast is Antec’s EarthWatts Series Green 750 W PSU, which boasts an 80 PLUS Bronze certification. 

What kind of chassis befits such an epic build? None other than the classic NZXT Phantom 410, in black, of course. Sony is once again the DVD burner of choice.

When Django designed this build, its total came to $1998.90. The current prices of Django’s Green 3D VISON SURROUND Build can be found in the BestConfigs shopping tables.

And that brings the Q1 2013 BestConfigs to a close. Congratulations to the winners, and special thanks to all who submitted builds!

  • k1114
    Congrats to everyone!
  • echondo
    That is not a "budget" AMD system...
  • EzioAs
    10451168 said:
    That is not a "budget" AMD system...

    Still within a certain budget. Just not on the lower side for a gaming PC.
  • nevertell
    Why do all the builds use poser ram ?
  • nordlead
    A good thing I don't use these "forum best configs" as guides. It looks like every single one of them was built by a power hungry gamer rather than an economical engineer that builds to meet specific requirements.

    The NAS chosen here has WAY to much space dedicated to the OS drive (driving up costs), and all the benefits of the SSD are lost (you won't be loading new programs off the SSD) except for the low power. But that can be achieved for much less cash with a CF or SD card (or even a USB stick, but I don't care for those since they can easily be unplugged). You also don't need 4GB of RAM in a NAS, nor do you need a fancy case with a window when it will be stuck in a closet. I could shave $150-200 off of that machine no problem and cut the electrical costs, all while serving files via NAS to multiple machines at the same time without missing a beat. Heck, my Atom D525 does all of that at a measly 30W (measured at the wall) along with online backups, and serves web pages at a decent clip for myself and my close friends. Since I'm sure the intent of the 3x 3TB hdds was for RAID 5, you could put that $ towards a 4th and do RAID 10. Or you could put it towards actual backup instead of redundancy.
  • samwelaye
    budget AMD gamer: 1000$. budget intel gamer: 500$. wth is going on here. sure 1000 IS a budget by the definition of it, but this is by no means a "budget" build
  • internetlad
    nevertellWhy do all the builds use poser ram ?
    And what RAM would you suggest, Mr. RAM Expert? What's wrong with brands like Mushkin and G.Skill? They're incredibly popular.

    Honestly, does brand even make a difference in RAM besides warranty? You put it in and it works or it doesn't. As long as you have enough RAM to accomodate what's running, and it doesn't BSOD, I don't really care about the brand.
  • s3anister
    Interesting builds and over all decent. Can't say I agree with the choice of Motherboard and PSU for the High-End Intel build, though. Would have gone with the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP5 TH or a similar Asus mobo and a Seasonic PSU myself.
  • g-unit1111
    The name of my AMD Office PC was a quote from Bill Lumbergh from Office Space. "Yeah I'm gonna have to ask you to work on Saturday, Sunday too. We lost a lot of people over the weekend and we need to play sort of catch - up. If you could get here around 9:00, that'd be greaaaaaaaaaaaat."
  • Nintendo Maniac 64
    Why would you use the 5800k over the 65w 5700 for a mere office machine? Not to mention the mobo chosen for it has no VRM heatsinks and therefore cannot reliably overclock anyway, making the aftermarket cooler pointless in the first place.