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Posted 03 April 2012 - 11:09 AM Edited by PrometheusX, 12 April 2012 - 04:40 AM.

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This thread contains several gaming PC builds depending on the budget, starting from $250 up to $1500. I chose Superbiiz because it is the best online international retailer I could find, but I'm not sure about making other builds from Newegg(USA). Every build is over-budget by $22-$34, partly because of the HDD prices. Please post any opinions or suggestions you have, also if you want a build w/ a specific budget you can post and I will try and make one. smile.gif




$250 BUILD


ComponentItemPrice
MotherboardASRock A55M-HVS Socket FM1 MicroATX Motherboard $62
ProcessorAMD A-Series APU FM1 A6-3500 Triple Core Processor $78
Graphics CardATI Radeon HD 6530D 512MB
Memory2x Super Talent DDR3-1333 4GB - (2x)2GB - Chip Memory $24
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Blue 250GB SATA3 7200rpm 16MB Hard Drive $70
CaseiMicro CA-IM813BK45 w/450W ATX Tower Case $37
Power SupplyiMicro 450W Power Supply, w/ 1x 24pin connector & 1x SATA Connector
Total[Grand Theft Auto IV @ Medium Settings - 30 FPS] $273


$500 BUILD


ComponentItemPrice
MotherboardMSI 870S-G54 Socket AM3 AMD 870 DDR3 CrossFireX SATA 3 ATX Motherboard $98
ProcessorAMD FX Quad-Core Processor 4100 AM3+ Black edition $109
Graphics CardSapphire Radeon HD6750 1GB DDR5 Graphics Card $99
Memory2x Super Talent DDR3-1333 8GB - (2x)4GB - Chip Memory $37
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Blue 250GB SATA3 7200rpm 16MB Hard Drive $70
CaseRaidmax ATX-238WU Tornado ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case $44
Power SupplyThermaltake TR-500P TR2 500W 80Plus Bronze Power Supply $66
Total[Grand Theft Auto IV @ High Settings - 30 FPS] $523


$750 BUILD


ComponentItemPrice
MotherboardGIGABYTE GA-Z68AP-D3 Socket 1155 Intel Z68 DDR3 AMD CrossFireX USB 3 ATX Motherboard $80
ProcessorIntel Core i5 Processor i5-2500K 3.3GHz 6MB LGA1155 CPU $225
Graphics CardXFX ATI Radeon HD6870 1GB DDR5 Video Card $180
Memory4x Super Talent DDR3-1600 16GB - 4x4GB - Memory $84
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Blue 500G SATA3 7200rpm 16MB Hard Drive $81
CaseThermaltake Commander MS-I Snow Edition Mid Tower Case $55
Power SupplyXFX ProSeries Core Edition 550W 80Plus Bronze Power Supply $67
Total[Grand Theft Auto IV @ Very High Settings - 45 FPS] $772


$1000 BUILD


ComponentItemPrice
MotherboardASRock Z68 PRO3 LGA1155 Intel Z68 DDR3 USB 3 ATX Motherboard $127
ProcessorIntel Core i5 Processor i5-2500K 3.3GHz 6MB LGA1155 CPU $225
Graphics CardSapphire Radeon HD7870 2GB DDR5 Video Card $337
Memory4x Super Talent DDR3-1600 16GB - 4x4GB - Memory $84
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Blue 1TB SATA3 7200rpm 32MB Hard Drive $96
CaseCooler Master Elite 350 500W Power Supply Mid Tower Case $65
Power SupplySparkle R-SPI650ACAG 650W 80PLUS Gold Switching Power Supply $95
Total[Grand Theft Auto IV @ Highest Settings - 60 FPS] $1028


$1500 BUILD


ComponentItemPrice
MotherboardASRock Z68 EXTREME3 GEN3 LGA1155 Intel Z68 DDR3 Quad CrossFireX & Quad SLI SATA 3 USB 3 ATX Motherboard $122
ProcessorIntel Core i7 Processor i7-2600K 3.4GHz 8MB LGA1155 CPU $314
Graphics CardSapphire Radeon HD7950 3GB OC DDR5 Video Card $465
Memory4x Super Talent DDR3-1600 16GB - 4x4GB - Memory $84
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Green 1.5TB SATA3 64MB Hard Drive $115
Solid State DriveSamsung 2.5 inch 128GB 830 Series SATA3 Solid State Drive $170
CaseThermaltake V9 BlacX Mid Tower Case $90
Power SupplyCooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1000W Power Supply $184
Total[Any Game tounge.gif @ Highest w/ENB Settings - 60 FPS] $1534

$2000 BUILD


ComponentItemPrice
MotherboardASRock Z68 EXTREME7 GEN3 Quad CrossFireX & Quad SLI SATA3&USB3.0 ATX Motherboard $270
ProcessorIntel Core i7 Processor i7-2700K 3.5GHz 8MB LGA1155 CPU $321
Graphics CardSapphire Radeon HD7970 3GB DDR5 Video Card $550
Memory4x Super Talent DDR3-1600 16GB - 4x4GB - Memory $84
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Green 2TB SATA3 64MB Hard Drive $118
Solid State DriveSamsung 2.5 inch 256GB 830 Series SATA3 Solid State Drive $346
CaseThermaltake Level 10 GTS Snow Edition Mid Tower Case $125
Power SupplyCooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1000W Power Supply $184
Total[Any Game tounge.gif @ Highest w/ENB Settings - 60 FPS] $1998

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 01:30 PM

You should post the resolution at which each system is able to achieve that FPS, because it's a bit misleading for those that aren't that technical with this stuff. smile.gif

A build for $2000

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Price
1
Corsair Graphite Series 600T CC600TM Mid-Tower Gaming Case
1
$159.99
2
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
1
$84.99
3
XFX Double D FX-797A-TDFC Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
1
$559.99
4
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power ...
1
$104.99
5
G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7Q-16GBZM
1
$149.99
6
ASUS P9X79 PRO LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with USB BIOS
1
$319.99
7
Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 2011 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73820
1
$309.99
8
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel ...
1
$34.64
9
Rosewill 10ft. USB2.0 A Male to B Male Cable, Black, Model RCW-101RT
1
$0.00
10
LITE-ON Black 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu Ray 3D Feature SATA IHBS112-04 - OEM
1
$79.99
11
Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
1
$154.99
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Subtotal
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$1,959.55


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Posted 03 April 2012 - 04:40 PM

Resolution is also dependent on matching to a display, perhaps a Display guide is worth an additional posting, since there are a number of good ones out there

Maximum PC is covering a three tier system in the new issue, the highest high end computer build will cost you $2100, and it could go higher then that!!
The sky's the limit if you have DEEP DEEP pockets.

The MID RANGE system with full ATX board cost $1300 to build. They comment their two lowest cost builds in the last 6 months range from integrated graphics at REAL low cost $350 or some such affordable price, last November I believe, 2011, and this month's system at a price of $500
They say you're skimping so much you have to make do with a case and PSU included, a Celeron that's fitting the new 1155 sockets, well, that build is not a spec you need to stick to because they figure in their own parts availability and they figure in Windows 7 Premium for each build, at a price of $100 usd

It depends on you which OS you wanna run and availability into the price. AS WELL, cost and type of ODD and HDD, SSD

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 06:21 PM

QUOTE (Slamman @ Tuesday, Apr 3 2012, 16:40)
It depends on you which OS you wanna run and availability into the price. AS WELL, cost and type of ODD and HDD, SSD

Exactly, but I can't fit a $100 Windows 7 into the $250 build, let alone a (discrete) GPU.

QUOTE (Stinky12 @ Tuesday, Apr 3 2012, 13:30)
You should post the resolution at which each system is able to achieve that FPS, because it's a bit misleading for those that aren't that technical with this stuff. smile.gif

I'll make sure to do that, and to add more benchmarks, and regarding your build, it's good, but i'm not sure about the CPU, since it is a gaming build, I think it is better to get a 2600k.

Also should I add a Newegg(USA) builds other that those?

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 06:25 PM

Nice list and welcome back.


I think that you should include the Asus P8P67
http://www.asus.com/...ket_1155/P8P67/

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 06:29 PM

QUOTE (vertical limit @ Tuesday, Apr 3 2012, 18:25)
Nice list and welcome back.


I think that you should include the Asus P8P67
http://www.asus.com/...ket_1155/P8P67/

Thanks!

I thought about adding that mobo but I found some cheaper Z68 ones, yet i'm not really sure.

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 06:46 PM Edited by Slamman, 03 April 2012 - 06:51 PM.

We're still in a transitional mode in tech, I believe, the chipsets have not evolved enough to cover the latest SATA properly or USB 3.0
I think spending too much even on those boards is gonna come back to bite you later, just like the 1156 buyers, of which I am one. (Intel H55)
The recent article I mentioned Haswell info shows some rather interesting plans for further CPU manufacturing, so as soon as that's become a workable solution, it will no doubt come to market with the 3D transistors on new fabrication dies
I think part of the problem for me was buying something I felt was covering the "new" i3, i5, i7 CPUs I suspected would have some better life expectancy. Sandy proved to be worth it's weight in hype. I feel like an early adopter! haha Got burned buying "first gen" Core2 follow up

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 06:55 PM

QUOTE (Slamman @ Tuesday, Apr 3 2012, 18:46)
We're still in a transitional mode in tech, I believe, the chipsets have not evolved enough to cover the latest SATA properly or USB 3.0
I think spending too much even on those boards is gonna come back to bite you later, just like the 1156 buyers of which I am one

Well not 1155, specially w/ ivy bridge coming, there isnt much upgrade.

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 07:05 PM

I can understand why the OS is not included in these builds.
If you already own an OS you can usually reuse it. Granted in that regard, if you already have any parts on a current system you don't have to buy them over again for a new build.

These list are simple parts list to give people an idea of what they can do with a budget. If you need an OS you need to figure that out for yourself and include that into your budget.


He could have included a lot of different parts as options for each build, but to do that would have taken forever and by the time he would be done most of those prices would have changed and the parts be out dated.

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 07:15 PM

The OS is an important part, but yeah, hopefully you won't have to pay $100 for an OS each time out, the System Builder versions are not too hard to procure.

@Promo, I am thinking out to Haswell and beyond, the die shrink for Ivy Bridge is what's allowing the GPU improvements in the same socket

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 07:57 PM

QUOTE (Slamman @ Tuesday, Apr 3 2012, 20:15)
hopefully you won't have to pay $100 for an OS each time out, the System Builder versions are not too hard to procure.

However, unless you are willing call Microsoft and grovel that you couldn't replace a dead motherboard with an identical version, they can only be validated on one machine. There's a reason they are £50 cheaper than retail copies- if the worst does happen or you want to upgrade the motherboard in the future, either call Reading (well, here in the UK) or your stuck buying another copy.

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 08:26 PM

QUOTE (PrometheusX @ Tuesday, Apr 3 2012, 11:09)
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Here is the same image but with transparent background.

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 09:12 PM

QUOTE (PrometheusX @ Tuesday, Apr 3 2012, 18:21)
QUOTE (Slamman @ Tuesday, Apr 3 2012, 16:40)
It depends on you which OS you wanna run and availability into the price. AS WELL, cost and type of ODD and HDD, SSD

Exactly, but I can't fit a $100 Windows 7 into the $250 build, let alone a (discrete) GPU.

QUOTE (Stinky12 @ Tuesday, Apr 3 2012, 13:30)
You should post the resolution at which each system is able to achieve that FPS, because it's a bit misleading for those that aren't that technical with this stuff. smile.gif

I'll make sure to do that, and to add more benchmarks, and regarding your build, it's good, but i'm not sure about the CPU, since it is a gaming build, I think it is better to get a 2600k.

Also should I add a Newegg(USA) builds other that those?

K CPU have their multipliers unlock so it's easier to overclock, for non K CPUs , it's locked, however it can still be overclocked. smile.gif
You already included a Core i7 2600K in your build, I don't think it's necessary for me to repeat a similar setup just with a few parts change. I can add a Core i7 2700K. tounge2.gif

Here is the SB-E version of a K CPU and the price sky rockets and so does the amount of CPU cores
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819116492

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 09:42 PM

QUOTE (vertical limit @ Tuesday, Apr 3 2012, 20:26)
QUOTE (PrometheusX @ Tuesday, Apr 3 2012, 11:09)
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Here is the same image but with transparent background.

I've used it. Thanks! smile.gif

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 08:32 PM

i7 2700k
http://ark.intel.com/products/61275

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 10:22 PM

QUOTE (vertical limit @ Thursday, Apr 5 2012, 07:32)
i7 2700k
http://ark.intel.com/products/61275

The 2700k is a waste of money, like an extra $40 aud for 100mhz, despite what I said a mate of mine went and spent the extra money.

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 02:00 AM

It's recommended by Maximum PC, but the i5 wins the bang for the buck award, and finally, a product that's universally praised with a life span that warrants it!

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 05:30 PM

QUOTE (finn4life @ Wednesday, Apr 4 2012, 16:22)
QUOTE (vertical limit @ Thursday, Apr 5 2012, 07:32)
i7 2700k
http://ark.intel.com/products/61275

The 2700k is a waste of money, like an extra $40 aud for 100mhz, despite what I said a mate of mine went and spent the extra money.

Depends on what you're using it for.
For strictly gaming the i5 2500(K) is fine and will get the job done just as well as an i7 2600(K). However with most other things where CPU is truly utilized then the 2600 is going to get the job done faster than the 2500.

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 05:40 PM

QUOTE (Wolf68k @ Thursday, Apr 5 2012, 17:30)
QUOTE (finn4life @ Wednesday, Apr 4 2012, 16:22)
QUOTE (vertical limit @ Thursday, Apr 5 2012, 07:32)
i7 2700k
http://ark.intel.com/products/61275

The 2700k is a waste of money, like an extra $40 aud for 100mhz, despite what I said a mate of mine went and spent the extra money.

Depends on what you're using it for.
For strictly gaming the i5 2500(K) is fine and will get the job done just as well as an i7 2600(K). However with most other things where CPU is truly utilized then the 2600 is going to get the job done faster than the 2500.

Well, its $17 ($330) more than the 2600k, so it won't make a difference on a $2000 build.

But is the 3930k worth the money?

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 06:00 PM

The SB-E are not a gaming CPU. They are for people doing more CPU type work. Compressing lots of files, video editing/encoding, 3D rendering and so on.
For a gamer, that is a real waste of money.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 01:52 AM

As mentioned, not for argument but because it's stated by them, Maximum PC feel the Sandy Bridge E can be used for gaming, can you really prove it's suffering when faced with that task versus work? GPUs arguably can be less astute for gaming chores, but CPUs do more number crunching that's not a matter of the app's needs I believe

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:09 AM

SB-E can be used for gaming, but they won't be much better than SB, while the cost of the platform is noticeably higher.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:41 AM

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SB-E can be used for gaming, but they won't be much better than SB, while the cost of the platform is noticeably higher.

That's what I thought.

I added a $2000 build; and I just found out that the 2700k worth the money - it's only $7 more than the 2600k!

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 06:52 AM


MaxPC was saying their tests showed the E series as the fastest of the fast, at that time of course. I'm just relaying it for some debate, but I prefer there's something to back it up, and they do benchmark stuff they get their hands on

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 06:56 AM

QUOTE (Slamman @ Thursday, Apr 12 2012, 06:52)
MaxPC was saying their tests showed the E series as the fastest of the fast, at that time of course. I'm just relaying it for some debate, but I prefer there's something to back it up, and they do benchmark stuff they get their hands on

Yes but it is far more expensive.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:00 AM

Well, that being said, They look at the top dog as a Cost Is No Object contest, not the same as Bang for the Buck! haha

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:13 AM

I recently upgraded my gaming pc, posted the specs here.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:20 AM

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I recently upgraded my gaming pc, posted the specs here.

What's your GPU? And how much did it cost?

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 09:19 AM Edited by nightwalker83, 12 April 2012 - 09:22 AM.

QUOTE (PrometheusX @ Thursday, Apr 12 2012, 17:50)
QUOTE (nightwalker83 @ Thursday, Apr 12 2012, 07:13)
I recently upgraded my gaming pc, posted the specs here.

What's your GPU? And how much did it cost?

The new items I purchased are in post #20 in that thread.

My graphics card is an Gainward GTX560 1GB DDR5 Graphics Card which cost me $209 although, you could properly find it for cheaper.

Edit;

That price is in Australian dollars.




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