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.
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Whenever the end of the year is coming to a close, I always get a feeling of contempt to the year that has passed. I stand proud at what has happened, but know that no matter what the next year will be even better; makes sense doesn’t it? The computer hardware industry must be one of the most innovative and distinguished amongst modern thriving world and there is no doubt that 2011 will not be left without cause.
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:
I changed a few things in the Fourth Tier Gaming Build which include the addition of the SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5″ Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive allowing more hard drive space while using a quality hard drive. As well I have changed the Radeon HD 5770 for a MSI N460GTX Twin Frozr II SOC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video card which will be much more beneficial. And finally both to compensate for the price changes, and a greater bag for your buck I included the ASRock H55M/USB3 R2.0 LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard which includes the same benefits (and has fantastic reviews) as the previous Gigabyte version.
The $530 Second Tier gaming build has been updates with a few minor (but exciting!)upgrades and is also price $20 cheaper than before. I swapped the older Western Digital 320 GB hard drive for a better SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5″ Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive which gives you a much bigger hard drive, and Samsung drives have had a good reputation going for them.