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Ok Gamers, just for fun I'm going to be building 3 very special rigs which will be designed using the finest parts on the market to produce...

Premium Gaming System Desktop Computers...

All comments are welcome, I'm more than willing to revise my builds based upon feeback, and for the sake of this article, please try to stay on topic, thanks..

In The next Post I will be building the Premium Gaming Systems, so follow along as I build them over the next 3 days...

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The Odyssey Bridge (Premium System #1)

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) ($230) (5.0 GHz OC on Air)
MB: GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD7 LGA1155 ($348)
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 ($60)
Cooler: Thermaltake Frio - 5 X 8mm Heatpipes Dual 120mm Fans + Intel & AMD Universal CPU Cooler ($58)
GPU: SAPPHIRE 100314SR Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 ($230 X 2 = $460)
SSD: Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ($245)
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM ($70)
ODD: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW OEM Optical Drive ($17)
PSU: XFX Core Edit. PRO750W ATX12V v2.2 & ESP12V v2.91 SLI Cert. CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Cert. Active PFC PSU ($110)
Case:Corsair Obsidian Series 800D CC800DW Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case ($280)

Total Cost $1,878 (w/o Shipping & Taxes) ($2,000 - $2,070 w/ Taxes & Shipping)

(Obviously you will need to wait till the Main Board problem with Cougar Point Fix is released, or just RMA your board..)

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The Black Diamond (Premium System #2)

(New OC Record!! 7344.48 MHz!)

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz ($160)
MB: GIGABYTE GA-890FXA-UD5 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard ($180)**
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 ($60)
GPUs: SAPPHIRE 100314SR Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 ($230 X 2 = $460)
Cooler: CORSAIR Hydro H70 CWCH70 120mm Fan - CPU Water Cooler ($110)
SSD: OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTX80G 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC (SSD) ($170)
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM ($70)
ODD: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW OEM Optical Drive ($17)
PSU: XFX Core Edit. PRO750W ATX12V v2.2 & ESP12V v2.91 SLI Cert. CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Cert. Active PFC PSU ($110)
Case: COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black ($90)

** Need help on Main Board selection please.. (I didn't see a better board on newegg.com for gigabyte)

Total Price $1,427 (w/o Taxes & Shipping) - ($1,550 - $1,600 w/ Taxes & Shipping)

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Da Core FTW (Premium Build #3)**

CPU: Intel Core i5-760 2.8GHz LGA 1156 CPU ($220)
MB: ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard ($105)
RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 ($60)
GPU: EVGA 01G-P3-1366-TR GeForce GTX 460 SE (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 ($160)
Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus ($30)
HDD: [http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...148433]Seagate 1TB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" ($130 - 2 In RAID) [/url]
ODD: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW OEM Optical Drive ($17)
PSU: SeaSonic S12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified ($85)
Case: COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black ($90)

**NOTES
This build is without a doubt one of the best Gaming Builds FOR THE PRICE...
It provides great performance for Gaming, doesn't cost a lot, and can overclock rather well!


Total Price $897 (w/o Taxes or Shipping) - ($1,000 - $1,050 w/ Taxes & Shipping)

This build would be my personal #1 choice because of cost, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't buy a better CPU, cause I would, when someone produces something significantly better than the i5-750 I'll buy it!
Edited by _GTech - 2/18/11 at 11:30am
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May I ask what one needs with 3 gaming computers? o.O
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2x Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB|Seagate 700GB Sony Optiarc Black Windows 7 Professional x64 Dell U2711|U2311H|26" Insignia TV 
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2x Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB|Seagate 700GB Sony Optiarc Black Windows 7 Professional x64 Dell U2711|U2311H|26" Insignia TV 
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Originally Posted by bfeng91 View Post
May I ask what one needs with 3 gaming computers? o.O
Why not?

And maybe family/friends/lanparty, idk.
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i7-860 @ 4.2 EVGA P55 FTW Sapphire 5770 8gb Corsair Dominator GTX 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
OCZ Vertex Turbo OCZ Agility 3 Fujitsu Heat Killer 3.0 Nickel 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
GTX 360 EK 5770 Windows 7 Pro x64 Samsung SyncMaster 2443bwx 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell E207WFP Razer Blackwidow Ultimate Corsair HX850 Corsair 800D 
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OCZ Vertex Turbo OCZ Agility 3 Fujitsu Heat Killer 3.0 Nickel 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
GTX 360 EK 5770 Windows 7 Pro x64 Samsung SyncMaster 2443bwx 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell E207WFP Razer Blackwidow Ultimate Corsair HX850 Corsair 800D 
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using the finest parts on the market to produce...
Strong words... I hope this'll be something BIG.
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AMD Phenom II X4 965 790GX-G65 (MS-7576) NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 CL9 
RAMHard DriveOSMonitor
G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 CL9 G.Skill Phoenix Pro 60GB, 1TB WD Caviar Black Windows 7 Pro x64 Samsung 21.5' 
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Logitech G100 Gigabyte Superb 720W Antec 300 Modded 
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AMD Phenom II X4 965 790GX-G65 (MS-7576) NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 CL9 
RAMHard DriveOSMonitor
G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 CL9 G.Skill Phoenix Pro 60GB, 1TB WD Caviar Black Windows 7 Pro x64 Samsung 21.5' 
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Logitech G100 Gigabyte Superb 720W Antec 300 Modded 
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Strong words... I hope this'll be something BIG.
When I said finest, I'm referring to selection based upon user feedback and known reliability, while considering price vs performance, etc...

Obviously Quality & Performance come first...

First system is posted, you guys can fine tooth comb it and see if there are any strategic flaws anywhere..
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are you going to be making mods to cases and stuff, or just throwin up rigs ?
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
2x Raptor 150gb, 1 300gb raptor, 1 tb black caviar Win7 Ultimate (64bit) 3x Viewsonic x2268 3dVision Surround!! g-15 Logitech 
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antec 1000w Quattro antec 1200(all fans are coolermaster r4) g-500 Logitech 
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
2x Raptor 150gb, 1 300gb raptor, 1 tb black caviar Win7 Ultimate (64bit) 3x Viewsonic x2268 3dVision Surround!! g-15 Logitech 
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The Odyssey Bridge (Premium System #1)

Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) ($330)

Mainboard: GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD7 LGA1155 ($348)

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 ($105)

CPU Fan: COOLER MASTER Hyper N 520 RR-920-N520-GP 92mm ($35)

Video Cards: SAPPHIRE 100314SR Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 ($230 X 2 = $460)

Solid State Drive: Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ($245)

Hard Disc Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM ($70)

Power Supply: SILVERSTONE ST1000-P 1000W ATX 12V v2.3 & EPS 12V 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply ($185)

Case:Corsair Obsidian Series 800D CC800DW Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case ($280)


Total Cost $2,058 (w/o Shipping & Taxes)


Still working here, give me some time...
Hmm... I'm kinda doubtful about the cooler. I'd recommend something from Cogage or something similar (too bad they're all out of stock in the 'egg).

Also, a C300 on a SB build? If you put it on the SATA 6.0, there's the chipset problem; and if you go SATA 3.0, you'll be bottlenecking it.

Just my
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G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 CL9 G.Skill Phoenix Pro 60GB, 1TB WD Caviar Black Windows 7 Pro x64 Samsung 21.5' 
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RAMHard DriveOSMonitor
G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 CL9 G.Skill Phoenix Pro 60GB, 1TB WD Caviar Black Windows 7 Pro x64 Samsung 21.5' 
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Logitech G100 Gigabyte Superb 720W Antec 300 Modded 
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Originally Posted by bfeng91 View Post
May I ask what one needs with 3 gaming computers? o.O
Obviously I'm going to be working in different price ranges with a high end, mid range, and affordable system build so the user can build based upon their budget and adjust parts appropriate to their budget...
Edited by _GTech - 2/17/11 at 12:52am
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Are you planning to sell these rigs as custom built PCs?

If so, I'd swap out a few things.

I'd go with the Corsair H50 for. You could brand the package as a watercooled system, which seems to be something a lot of companies do these days.

I would also go with the Thermaltake Frio if you're looking for an overall better heatsink than the Cooler Master.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...06150&Tpk=frio

I'd cut back on the PSU and get something slightly more inexpensive since running 2-way Crossfire and an i7 2600k probably won't be consuming that much wattage. The money sidegrading the PSU could be used to invest in better cooling.

That being said, the i7 2600k might be a bit overkill. You could get the i5 2500k and downgrade to the Gigabyte P67 UD5 and probably see almost no difference in terms of gaming performance. It'd also save you about 175 bucks.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...e%20i5%202500k


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-010-_-Product

or--

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-011-_-Product
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Samsung 850 EVO 250 GB M.2 SSD Prolimatech Samuel 17 w/ Ultra Sleek Vortex 12 Fan Windows 7 Home Premium KB87 Bluetooth CNC Acrylic Mechanical Keyboard 
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