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Best possible gaming builds @ $500, $900, $1500 10/11

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Just what the title says, pure gaming performance was considered first so no SSDs. Rebates and promos not counted, shipping included, prices vary a little. No OS, m/kb, etc.

I think these are the best gaming machines money can buy from newegg at the moment for the prices.

~$500
CPU:Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz 2 x 256KB L2 Cache 3MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I32100
$125
MB:BIOSTAR H61MGC LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
$57
RAM:Patriot 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model PSD34G1333K
$25
Case:Rosewill R102-P-BK 120mm Fan MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$35
HD:HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$45
PSU:XIGMATEK NRP-PC Series ACXTNRP-PC402 400W ATX12V Ver.2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$42
GPU:XFX HD-687A-ZHFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$180
Or
MSI N560GTX-M2D1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$190

~$900
CPU:Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
$220
MB:MSI P67A-G43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$110
RAM:RAM:G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
$52
Case:Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$70
HD:HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$45
PSU:Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-750 750W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Modular Design, Single +12V Rail, ATX12V v2.31/EPS12V v2.92, SLI Ready, CrossFire Ready, Active-PFC Power Supply
$90
Heatsink:COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7
$25
GPU:XFX HD-695X-CNFC Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
$260
or
MSI N570GTX-M2D12D5 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$320
CFX/SLi ready

~$1500
CPU:Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
$220
MB:ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$155
RAM:G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
$52
Case:COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$96
HD:HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$45
PSU:Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-900 900W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$135
Heatsink:Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
$86
GPU:SAPPHIRE 100311-2SR Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity x 2
$700
Ideal for 3x monitors or 30". Dream machine, tri-fire capable.
Edited by BigN815 - 10/19/11 at 2:58pm
post #2 of 20
The $900 build could use a different power supply ~700watts and a 6970. Otherwise, pretty great builds for the money.
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8GB G.Skill RipJaws DDR3 1600 Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB Samsung 840 Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro 
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dvd drive?
    
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post #4 of 20
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sorry $18 more to the builds =[
post #5 of 20
No SSD?

Tisk, tisk tisk...

Builds look solid otherwise, goodluck!
 
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post #6 of 20
Are you a gamer?

Also, the $500 has some unconventional parts in it like the HDD and the PSU. But I guess if you're trying to game at $500, these kinds of risks need to be taken...
post #7 of 20
Your PSUs are WAY off.

For the $500 budget, switch the PSU to a Rosewill Green 430W. Its $45 sale price, but I've never seen it at regular price.

For the $900 budget, that PSU is absolute overkill. Like over twice as much as needed. The same Rosewill PSU above can power that, and now you have $90 more to spend.

And again for the $1500 budget, the PSU is overkill. A 600W PSU can power those cards.
    
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600 watt can power 6970 in cfx with an oc i5? dont think so
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Caviar Black 1 TB 7200 rpm Corsair Force GS  Corsair Force 3 ASUS 24X DVD Burner 
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post #9 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by mad0314 View Post
Your PSUs are WAY off.

For the $500 budget, switch the PSU to a Rosewill Green 430W. Its $45 sale price, but I've never seen it at regular price.

For the $900 budget, that PSU is absolute overkill. Like over twice as much as needed. The same Rosewill PSU above can power that, and now you have $90 more to spend.

And again for the $1500 budget, the PSU is overkill. A 600W PSU can power those cards.
+1, overkill on the PSU's.

Well, the last one probably needs around 750w. 600w would be pushing the limits of even a really good PSU.
http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1488/18/
post #10 of 20
750W is more than enough to power the $1500 system.
    
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