So this afternoon I sat down and polished and updated all the gaming tiers (Entry Level through Fifth Gaming Tier Build). In the lat couple of months I am sure everyone trying to purchase computer hardware has heard about the Cougar Point problem. There was a problem with the release of the new Sandy bridge processors where all the 1155 socketed motherboard made for them had a SATA problem that could cause connection problems later on. The Fourth and Fifth Gaming Builds do consist of Sandy Bridge processors, but currently I cannot provide a very concise recommendation on any particular motherboards; there are none. If you decide you want to purchase the hardware in these builds, you can still do so, however you may have to wait a couple weeks still to purchase a motherboard.
I have just completed the Basic PC Build page. What is a basic PC you may ask: Well its a PC that includes all the basic hardware components, as well can do most basic home computer tasks like web browsing, streaming video, storing music media, storing video media, storing photo media, word processing, e-mail, chatting and low level game play. The average computer user does not need a rigorous gaming build or a monster compiling machine, so these builds will be very useful for basic PC needs.
Hello everyone, and welcome to the new year 2011. I have updated the tier four and tier five of the gaming builds sections. The greatest improvements were the additions of the new Intel Sandy Bridge processors the Intel Core i5-2500, Intel Core i5-2500K, Intel Core i7-2600, and Intel Core i7-2600K. With the addition of these Sandy Bridge chips comes an array of improvements within the chipsets alone such as greater processing speed bumps from the older Intel i5 and i7′s used in previous builds, the integrated GPU (not specifically for gaming, but does makes lower end external GPU cards useless in about the $40-$60 range; this is particularly important for building new HTPC’s), and Quick Sync (good for quickly transcoding videos to portable devices). I know the previous two additions to Sandy Bridge are not specifically important to gaming, but Sandy Bridge is the best CPU on the market to date for gaming: Check out the Sandy Bridge gaming benchmarks using The Intel Core i5 2500K and Intel Core 2600K at Anandtech testing a list of 10 popular games.
For this build I looked at higher end pre-built gaming computer currently on the market and picked parts that were equal and or greater in function and quality. The purpose of this is to be able to build your own high end gaming PC at a much lower cost that a mainstream high end machine. A great example of this is the Dell line of Alienware gaming desktops currently on the market. Don’t get me wrong, they look really nice, however they are priced at a cost much higher than their overall value. The attraction of gaming machines such as the Alienware brand line, is that they are very aesthetically pleasing to look at and can be customized to a users taste, but I can assure you that building your own high end gaming PC can be individualized / customized to a much greater extent.
Keep in mind that a higher end Alienware gaming machine starts at $3999 with almost the exact same hardware specifications listed in this build, while building your own can cost a mere $1880. This build does not include Windows 7 (~$99), A gaming keyboard (~$60), and a gaming mouse (~$60) which would make the total price around $2000. If you already own a mouse, keyboard, and the operating system of your choice, then you don’t have to purchase these extras.
The ultimate gaming build I put together includes:
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The Asus At3IONT-I Intel Atom 330 NVIDIA ION Mini ITX Motherboard includes 2×240 pin memory slots allowing up to a maximum of 4GB of Dual Channel DDR3 1066/800 memory. A built in Audio chipset allowing 6 channels of sound using Realtek ALC887, and 6 x USB 2.0 real panel ports (2 onboard USB 2.0 ports), 1x HDMI port, 1x Optical port, 1 x PCI Express x16 port. This ASUS motherboard also comes with both an Intel Atom 330 Processor, and NVIDIA GeForce 9400M video built in.