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Buyer's Guide II: Extreme, High-End, Mid-Range, Budget, and Entry Level Systems - Part 2

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Complete Gaming System

Extreme Systems

Intel Core i7-4960X Extreme Edition & ASUS Rampage IV Extreme ~ $1952
G.Skill RipjawsZ DDR3-2133MHz 16GB (2X8GB) Kit ~ $239
PowerColor R9 290X CrossFireX ~ $1636 or MSI GTX 780 Ti SLI ~ $
Plextor M5 Pro Xtreme 256GB or Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB or OCZ Vector 150 240GB
HDD 2TB for Storage ~ $128
HP dvd1270i SATA 24X DVD Rewriter ~ $37
Corsair Professional Series Gold AX1200 1200W PSU ~ $469
Corsair Obsidian 800D ~ $499
Total ~ $5XXX

Intel Core i7-4930K & ASUS Rampage IV Extreme ~ $1338
G.Skill RipjawsZ DDR3-2133MHz 16GB (2X8GB) Kit ~ $239
PowerColor R9 290X CrossFireX ~ $1636 or MSI GTX 780 Ti SLI ~ $
Plextor M5 Pro 256GB or Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB or OCZ Vector 150 240GB
HDD 2TB for Storage ~ $128
HP dvd1270i SATA 24X DVD Rewriter ~ $37
Corsair Professional Series Gold AX1200 1200W PSU ~ $469
Corsair Obsidian 800D ~ $499
Total ~ $4XXX

Intel Core i7 4770K & ASUS Maximus VI Extreme ~ $1035
G.SKILL RipjawsX DDR3-1600MHz 16GB (2X8GB) ~ $165
PowerColor R9 290X CrossFireX ~ $1636 or MSI GTX 780 Ti SLI ~ $
Plextor M5 Pro Xtreme 256GB or Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB or OCZ Vector 150 240GB
HDD 2TB for Storage ~ $128
HP dvd1270i SATA 24X DVD Rewriter ~ $37
Seasonic X-850 850W PSU ~ $280 or Corsair HX850 850W PSU ~ $275
Corsair Obsidian 800D ~ $499
Total ~ $4XXX

High-End Systems

Intel Core i7 4770K & ASUS Z87 Deluxe ~ $865
G.SKILL RipjawsX DDR3-1600MHz 16GB (2X8GB) ~ $165
PowerColor R9 290X ~ $818 or Gigabyte GTX780 Ti ~ $
Plextor M5 Pro Xtreme 256GB or Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB or OCZ Vector 150 240GB
HDD 2TB for Storage ~ $128
HP dvd1270i SATA 24X DVD Rewriter ~ $37
Seasonic X-760 760W PSU ~ $205 or Corsair HX750 750W PSU ~ $229
Cooler Master ATCS 840 ~ $400
Total ~ $3XXX

Intel Core i7 4770K & ASUS Z87 Deluxe ~ $865
G.SKILL RipjawsX DDR3-1600MHz 16GB (2X8GB) ~ $165
Gigabyte R9 290 4GB ~ $599 or Gigabyte GTX 780 ~ $
Plextor M5 Pro Xtreme 256GB or Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB or OCZ Vector 150 240GB
HDD 2TB for Storage ~ $128
HP dvd1270i SATA 24X DVD Rewriter ~ $37
Seasonic X-760 760W PSU ~ $205 or Corsair HX750 750W PSU ~ $229
Cooler Master ATCS 840 ~ $400
Total ~ $3XXX

Intel Core i7 4770K & ASUS SABERTOOTH ~ $831
G.SKILL RipjawsX DDR3-1600MHz 16GB (2X8GB) ~ $165
Gigabyte R9 280X 3GB Winforce OC ~ $449 or Gigabyte GTX 770 2GB ~ $599
Plextor M5 Pro Xtreme 256GB or Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB or OCZ Vector 150 240GB
HDD 2TB for Storage ~ $128
HP dvd1270i SATA 24X DVD Rewriter ~ $37
Superflower HX 600 ~ $110
Cooler Master CM690 ~ $129
Total ~ $2XXX

Mid-Range Systems

Intel Core i5 4670K & ASUS Z87 Plus ~ $594
G.Skill DDR3-1600MHz 8GB (2X4GB) ~ $77
Gigabyte R9 280X 3GB Winforce OC ~ $449 or Gigabyte GTX 760 2GB Winforce OC ~ $409
Plextor M5 Pro Xtreme 256GB or Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB or OCZ Vector 150 240GB
HDD 2TB for Storage ~ $128
Samsung SATA 24X DVD Rewriter ~ $24
Superflower HX 600 ~ $110
Ikonik EN2 ~ $55
Total ~ $22XX

Intel Core i5 4670 & Gigabyte H87-D3H ~ $457
or AMD FX-8350 & ASUS M5A97 PRO ~ $476
G.Skill DDR3-1600MHz 8GB (2X4GB) ~ $77
Gigabyte R9 280X 3GB Winforce OC ~ $449 or Gigabyte GTX 760 2GB Winforce OC ~ $409
Plextor M5 Pro Xtreme 256GB or Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB or OCZ Vector 150 240GB
HDD 2TB for Storage ~ $128
Samsung SATA 24X DVD Rewriter ~ $24
Superflower HX 600 ~ $110
Ikonik EN2 ~ $55
Total ~ $21XX

Intel Core i5 3570 & Asrock B75 PRO3 M ~ $364
or AMD FX-8350 & ASUS M5A78L-M LX3 ~ $399
G.Skill DDR3-1600MHz 8GB (2X4GB) ~ $77
Gigabyte R9 270X~ $309 or Gigabyte GTX 660 Ti ~ $
Samsung SSD 840 EVO 120GB or Crucial M500 120GB or Intel SSD 530 120GB
HDD 1TB for Storage ~ $82
Samsung SATA 24X DVD Rewriter ~ $24
Superflower HX 500 ~ $90
Ikonik EN2 ~ $55
Total ~ $14XX

Intel Core i5 3470 & Asrock B75 PRO3 M ~ $345
or AMD FX-8150 & ASUS M5A78L-M LX3 ~ $348
G.Skill DDR3-1600MHz 8GB (2X4GB) ~ $77
Gigabyte R9 270X~ $309 or Gigabyte GTX 660 ~ $
HDD 1TB ~ $82
Samsung SATA 24X DVD Rewriter ~ $24
Superflower HX 500 500W ~ $90
Ikonik EN2 ~ $55
Total ~ $11XX

Intel Core i5 3470 & Asrock B75 PRO3 M ~ $345
or AMD FX-8150 & ASUS M5A78L-M LX3 ~ $348
G.Skill DDR3-1600MHz 8GB (2X4GB) ~ $77
Gigabyte R9 270 ~ $289 or Gigabyte GTX 660 ~ $
HDD 500GB ~ $68
Samsung SATA 24X DVD Rewriter ~ $24
Superflower HX 500 500W ~ $90
Ikonik EN2 ~ $55
Total ~ $8XX

Intel Core i3 3220 & Asrock B75 PRO3 M ~ $251
or AMD FX-6100 & ASUS M5A78L-M LX3 ~ $255
G.Skill DDR3-1333MHz 8GB (2X4GB) ~ $60
PowerColor HD7770 1GB ~ $158 or Palit 650 1GB ~ $155
HDD 500GB ~ $68
Samsung SATA 24X DVD Rewriter ~ $24
Antec Neo Eco 450W PSU ~ $69
Ikonik EN2 ~ $55
Total ~ $6XX

Intel Pentium G2120 & Asrock B75 PRO3 M ~ $190
or AMD FX-4100 & ASUS M5A78L-M LX3 ~ $229
G.Skill DDR3-1333MHz 4GB ~ $30
PowerColor HD7770 1GB ~ $158 or Palit 650 1GB ~ $155
HDD 500GB ~ $68
Samsung SATA 24X DVD Rewriter ~ $24
Antec Neo Eco 450W PSU ~ $69
Ikonik EN2 ~ $55
Total ~ $5XX

Budget Systems

Intel Pentium G2120 & Asrock B75 PRO3 M ~ $190
or AMD FX-4100 & ASUS M5A78L-M LX3 ~ $229
G.Skill DDR3-1333MHz 4GB ~ $30
PowerColor HD5750 1GB ~ $135 or Sapphire HD 5670 512MB ~ $120
HDD 500GB ~ $68
Samsung SATA 24X DVD Rewriter ~ $24
Antec Neo Eco 450W PSU ~ $69
Ikonik EN2 ~ $55
Total ~ $5XX

Entry Level Systems


Intel Pentium G2120 & Asrock B75M-DGS ~ $153
or AMD Athlon II X2 250 & ASUS M5A78L-M LX3 ~ $163
G.Skill DDR3-1333MHz 4GB ~ $30
HDD 500GB ~ $68
Samsung SATA 24X DVD Rewriter ~ $24
Antec Neo Eco 450W PSU ~ $69
Casing ~ $40
Total ~ $3XX

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Actually, I was comparing it with Asrock P67 Pro3 though. it is slightly cheaper. So maybe it has some flaw or something???
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Intel Core i5 2400 & BIOSTAR TP67B+ ~ $360
or Intel Core i5 2300 & BIOSTAR TH67+ ~ $350
or AMD Phenom II X4 955 & Biostar A880G+ ~ $265
Kingston DDR3-1333MHz 8GB (2X4GB) ~ $56
Sapphire HD 6950 1GB ~ $319 or Palit GTX 560 Ti 1GB ~ $300
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 32MB ~ $66
Samsung SATA 22X DVD Rewriter ~ $24
FSP Aurum AU-500W ~ $115
Ikonik EN2 ~ $55
Total ~ $9XX
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Yes. I need a gaming rig around $900-$1k that has wins 7 pre 64 bit with mouse keyboard
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currently, I am thinking of getting the below (big thanks to felfirez for helping!):

CPU+MB: Intel Core i5-2500k + Asrock P67 Pro3 $455
HSF: Xigmatec Gaia $39
RAM: G.skill 1333mhz CL9 Black PCB 2x4GB $56 (upgrade to 16gb later maybe)
GPU: Sapphire HD6950 Dirt 3 Edition 2gb $357 (what's the diff btwn this and toxic?)
HDD: Hitachi 7K1000.C 1TB $64
ODD: Sony 24x DVDRW $29
PSU: FSP Aurum 600W $135
CASE: Lancool k62wb $169
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit [OEM] @ $112
DSP: Dell U2311h x 3 $747 (alt is samsung led 22'' x 3 $750)
Sound : Creative X-Fi Fatality Pro $209 (how is this compared to the tita series?)

Est Total : $2375

would it do any good for me to have SSD installed in my rig?

also i am thinking about including a tv tuner + recorder inside my pc.

any advice will be appreciated!
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Yes. I need a gaming rig around $900-$1k that has wins 7 pre 64 bit with mouse keyboard
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CPU+MB: Intel Core i5-2310 + ASRock H61M/U3S3 ~ $339 (Tradepac)
RAM: Kingston ValueRAM DDR3-1333 4GB x2 ~ $52
GPU: MSI HD 6870 Twin Frozr 2 ~ $255
HDD: Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 1TB ~ $64
ODD: Lite-On 24X CD/DVD Writer ~ $26 (Tradepac)
PSU: FSP Hexa 400W ~ $59
CASE: Ikonik EN2 ~ $55
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit ~ $112

Total: $962. (PC Themes)

$38 for KB & Mouse.

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currently, I am thinking of getting the below (big thanks to felfirez for helping!):

CPU+MB: Intel Core i5-2500k + Asrock P67 Pro3 $455
HSF: Xigmatec Gaia $39
RAM: G.skill 1333mhz CL9 Black PCB 2x4GB $56 (upgrade to 16gb later maybe)
GPU: Sapphire HD6950 Dirt 3 Edition 2gb $357 (what's the diff btwn this and toxic?)
HDD: Hitachi 7K1000.C 1TB $64
ODD: Sony 24x DVDRW $29
PSU: FSP Aurum 600W $135
CASE: Lancool k62wb $169
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit [OEM] @ $112
DSP: Dell U2311h x 3 $747 (alt is samsung led 22'' x 3 $750)
Sound : Creative X-Fi Fatality Pro $209 (how is this compared to the tita series?)

Est Total : $2375

would it do any good for me to have SSD installed in my rig?

also i am thinking about including a tv tuner + recorder inside my pc.

any advice will be appreciated!
Toxic is much faster and has a bios switch for HD6970 bios flash. That's a more recommended buy.

SSD will make your system snappier. Youtube SSD VS HDD.

What speaker/headphones are you using?
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noted on ssd and difference between toxic + dirt 3.

i'm using a very old creative 4.1 speaker. planning to get new ones.

headset wise i have a creative x-fi hs1000 (comes with usb instead of normal earphone jack)

any recommendations?

thinking of being able to watch tv + record stuff on my hd too
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currently, I am thinking of getting the below (big thanks to felfirez for helping!):

CPU+MB: Intel Core i5-2500k + Asrock P67 Pro3 $455
HSF: Xigmatec Gaia $39
RAM: G.skill 1333mhz CL9 Black PCB 2x4GB $56 (upgrade to 16gb later maybe)
GPU: Sapphire HD6950 Dirt 3 Edition 2gb $357 (what's the diff btwn this and toxic?)
HDD: Hitachi 7K1000.C 1TB $64
ODD: Sony 24x DVDRW $29
PSU: FSP Aurum 600W $135
CASE: Lancool k62wb $169
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit [OEM] @ $112
DSP: Dell U2311h x 3 $747 (alt is samsung led 22'' x 3 $750)
Sound : Creative X-Fi Fatality Pro $209 (how is this compared to the tita series?)

Est Total : $2375

would it do any good for me to have SSD installed in my rig?

also i am thinking about including a tv tuner + recorder inside my pc.

any advice will be appreciated!
noted on ssd and difference between toxic + dirt 3.

i'm using a very old creative 4.1 speaker. planning to get new ones.

headset wise i have a creative x-fi hs1000 (comes with usb instead of normal earphone jack)

any recommendations?

thinking of being able to watch tv + record stuff on my hd too
You are bursting your budget by alot. Don't need that sound card. You can use this instead.

http://sg.store.creative.com/sound-b...o/1-20055.aspx

Tv tuner I don't really know much so i guess that have to wait for someone.
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o i've already got one of those... bought it cuz my current rig doesn't have any sound cards.

my budget is still ok, seeing that i allocated 2750 for the entire rig, with monitors included ^_^

hehe cheers
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