BestConfigs - High-End Intel Gaming PC

jpishgar

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It's that time again! Time to update the Tom's Hardware BestConfigs! Once again, we are opening the field to user recommendations to get the best consensus for the absolute best of the best in each category. Post the best configuration you can put together for the following build category and our editorial team will pick 5 of the best to be put up to a public vote right here in the Systems forum. The top-ranking build will go on to become one of Tom's Hardware BestConfigs and you'll get the credit for having put together a brilliant build with a special credit in the feature article.

Post your entries to this thread for the category of:
High-End Intel Gaming PC

Stay within $2,000 (without shipping) and no need to include OS, monitor, mouse/keyboard. Please be sure to format your list of components as follows:

Joe's Crysis 8 Minspec Build
Processor: Component Name and Component Price
Motherboard: Component Name and Component Price
RAM: Component Name and Component Price
Graphics Card: Component Name and Component Price
Hard Drive: Component Name and Component Price
Case: Component Name and Component Price
Power Supply: Component Name and Component Price
Cooling: Component Name and Component Price
DVD Burner: Component Name and Component Price

See below for quick-copy/paste text of the BBcode.

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Joe's Crysis 8 Minspec Build
Processor: Component Name and Component Price
Motherboard: Component Name and Component Price
RAM: Component Name and Component Price
Graphics Card: Component Name and Component Price
Hard Drive: Component Name and Component Price
Case: Component Name and Component Price
Power Supply: Component Name and Component Price
Cooling: Component Name and Component Price
DVD Burner: Component Name and Component Price
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You can also use the Tom's Hardware System Builder to build your recommendation and use the BBCode export option at the bottom of the build. If you do, be sure to include a link in your post to your build on the app for quick viewing.

Good luck, and may the best builds win!
 

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1.CSK222 High-End Intel Gaming Build

2.Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070
Intel Core i7-2600K $314.99

3.Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157250
ASRock Z68 Extreme4 $189.99

4.RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231315
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) $179.99

5.Graphics Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130590
EVGA SuperClocked GTX 580 $499.99

6.Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200RPM $64.99

7.Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119225
COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942 $189.99

8.Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139014
CORSAIR Professional Series AX1200 1200W $279.99

9.Cooling: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018
Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler $ 89.99

10.DVD Burner: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106348
LITE-ON 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Internal Blu-ray Burner with 3D PlaybackiHBS212 LightScribe $109.99

Total = $1,919.91
 

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Too much RAM, Sandy Bridge doesn't need aftermarket cooling unless you overclock, and needs a SSD.
 

mgf derp

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Derp's "All Your Bases Are Belong To Us (Wood Rig XD)" Build
Cpu
Intel Core i7 2600k $315
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070&nm_mc=OTC-Froogle&cm_mmc=OTC-Froogle-_-Processors+-+Desktops-_-Intel-_-19115070
Motherboard
ASRock Fatal1ty $220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157240
Ram
Corsair Vengence 8Gb (2x4Gb) 1600 $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233147
Psu
Enermax Revolution 85+ 1020w $220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817194081
Gpu
2xMSI R6970 Lightning Radeon HD 6970 $387/$774
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127581
SSD
Crucial M4 64Gb Sata III $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148441
HDD
Samsung EcoGreen F2 1Tb $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152173
DvD
LG DvD+RW $20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827136216
Case
NZXT Phantom $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146074
Cooler
Thermaltake Frio $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106150

Total=$1999 before rebates/shipping
Man thats close to budget, but its one bad mutha. Now to get some money and actually build it xD
 

candlelarbra5212

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These are Australian prices roughly take 100-200 ? off the end
Case Thermaltake Black Chaser MK-I Full Tower 179
CPU Intel Core i5 2500K 219
Motherboard ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Motherboard B3 209
Graphics EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD X2 718
RAM G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 99
HDD Western Digital Green 2TB WD20EARX 89
HDD 2 Corsair Force Series 3 120GB SSD 269
Power Seasonic X-850 80Plus Gold 850W 269
Optical Samsung SH-222AB SATA DVDRW Drive 29
 

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MichXymi's High End Gaming Machine

Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072 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 $224.99

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157240 ASRock Fatal1ty P67 PROFESSIONAL (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $219.99

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233147 CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C8 $84.99

Graphics Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121432 2x ASUS ENGTX570 DCII/2DIS/1280MD5 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card 699.98$

Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533 Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $89.99

SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706 OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $269.99

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139003 Corsair Graphite Series 600T Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $159.99

Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139022 CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850 V2 850W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply $134.99

Cooling: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181013 CORSAIR Hydro H70 CWCH70 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler $104.81

DVD Burner: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204 ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM $20.99

2010.71$ Without MIR
 

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May as well add my new system :)

Intel i7 2600k (came with a matterhorn cpu cooler in a bundle)
Asus z68 pro mobo
OCZ agility 3 60gb ssd
Western digital 1tb hdd (sata3)
8 gb corsair vengeance 1866mhz ram (didnt have any 1600mhz in :()
HAF-X coolermaster case
Gainward 580GTX Phantom 3gb
LG blu ray drive
I cheated with my psu and dvd r/w drive as I took them out of my old system but they are:-
LG dvd r/w
Tagan 800w BZ modular psu.
 

aminebouhafs

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High end & bang for the buck!

Parts:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Boxed
RAM: Kingston HyperX T1 KHX1600C9D3T1K2/8GX
VGA: MSI R4870X2-T2D2G-OC
HDD: Seagate Constellation ES.2 ST33000651NS, 3TB 3.5" (first two in RAID-0, all on SATAIII-600)
MMC: akasa AK-ALL01-BK
Audio: Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Titanium HD
MB: Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z
BR-RW: Plextor PX-LB950SA (black bezel, two on SATAII-300)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X
PSU: FSP Group Aurum 700

Peripherals:

Display: Dell Professional P2411H
Keyboard: Logitech G19
Mouse: Logitech G9x
Mousepad: Razer Destructor
Speakers: Logitech Z-5500
USB-Flash: Kingston 64GB USB 3.0 DataTraveler Ultimate G2
Network: Linksys E4200 (including CAT-7a cables)

Software:

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (English) (without serial-key thus free product)
 

mjmjpfaff

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is that a 4870 in your build or am I wrong?
 

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Case "Thermaltake Black Chaser MK-I Full Tower or
Antec Twelve Hundred V3 Case" 179/205
CPU Intel Core i5 2500K 219
Motherboard ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Motherboard B3 209
Graphics VTX3D Radeon HD6950 2GB 269
Graphics 2 VTX3D Radeon HD6950 2GB 269
RAM G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 99
HDD Western Digital Green 2TB WD20EARX 89
HDD 2 Corsair Force Series 3 120GB SSD 269
Power Seasonic X-850 80Plus Gold 850W 269
Optical Samsung SH-222AB SATA DVDRW Drive 29
1900
Revised, again these are aussie prices so knock a bit off the end. *PSU overkill but it will last and is the best brand*
 

aminebouhafs

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Based on my taste, high end, energy efficient and bang for the buck at the same time!

Parts:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Boxed
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws-X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
VGA: GIGABYTE GV-R695OC-1GD
SSD: Crucial M4 256GB (on SATAIII-600)
HDD: Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 (on SATAIII-600)
MMC: akasa AK-ALL01-BK
Audio: Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Titanium HD
MB: Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z
BR: Samsung SH-B123L (on SATAII-300)
BR-RW: Plextor PX-LB950SA (on SATAII-300)
Case: Enermax Hoplite ECA3220 (+ extra two 120mm and two 140mm vents)
PSU: FSP Group Aurum 700

Peripherals:

Display: Dell Professional P2411H
Keyboard: Logitech Illuminated Keyboard (Y-UY95)
Mouse: Logitech G400
Mousepad: Razer Pro|Pad
Speakers: Logitech Z-5500
USB-Flash: Kingston 64GB USB 3.0 DataTraveler Ultimate G2
Network: Linksys E4200 (including 10m CAT-7a cable)

Software:

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (English) (without serial-key thus free product)
 

aminebouhafs

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I didn't even notice that...!
good call.
a total newbie move on his part.. :lol:
Yeah! Good call indeed! Let's all check out the last "Graphics Card Hierarchy Chart" just for fun, so we can really laugh! I thought it was May 2011.

Well, hey! The HD 4870 X2 is on par with GTX 295, GTX 480, GTX 570 and 6970!

What da ***!!! How da *** is THAT possible?! And check out the price! WOW!!!

;)
 

jjb8675309

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GTX 570 (me) vs 4870x2 (you) = anytime your ready...
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/174?vs=158

its basically like saying a 5870 is faster then a gtx 570; its absolute foaming at the mouth from that kid...

and seriously thanks to the youngin' for specifying (sataII300) and (sataIII600) ROFL; get the hell outta here with that :lol:
 

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