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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Finally the Sandy Bridge Socket 1155 Platform has been officially released, which is very exciting news for any computer enthusiast or user. The initial results are spewing all around the net, and they seem to be very good according to sites like Tom’s Hardware – The Sandy Bridge Review, bit-tec – Intel Sandy Bridge Review, and AnandTech – The Sandy Bridge Review: Intel Core i7-2600K, i5-2500K and Core i3-2100 Tested. I’m hoping to put together a bunch of builds / integrate the new Sandy Bridge processors into my previous builds as soon as I can, but until then you can check out what’s available for you to purchase below.
Until December 24th, 2010:
Are you looking for ideas to get your fellow hardware fanatics this holiday season, or perhaps want to indulge in the holiday deals for yourself? For the past month or so and until the holidays end, Newegg has their Holiday Sweepstakes, so I have gathered some of the best hardware promotional codes and deals from Newegg that could be a great addition to any PC build, so check them out and see if any spark your interest:
Corsair Force CSSD-F120GB2-BRKT 2.5″ 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive
$219.99 using the promotional code: EMCZNZT24
Here I will lay out a simple gaming build utilizing the Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz Quad-Core Processor and as the NVidia GeForce GTX 460 graphics cards are cheaper now, I will be using these as well.
Build 1: $750 @ Amazon
1. Processor:Intel Core i5 750 Processor 2.66 GHz 8 MB LGA1156 CPU I5-750BOX
2. Power Supply Unit (P.S.U):
3. Computer Case:
4. A MotherBoard:MSI LGA1156/Intel H55/4DDR3-2133(OC)/ATI CrossFire /GbE/HDMI/DVI/VGA/1394/eSATA ATX Motherboard H55-GD65
I derived a couple Intel i7 860 2.8 GHz builds, so take a look and see what you think. The prices in both could be lowered a tad if you were to choose a cheaper computer case, different power supply, less than 4GB RAM, different/less than 500GB hard drive, or a cheaper video card than the Radeon HD 4870. I chose these components because I believe that they can act as a solid baseline for purchasing a build that includes a processor like the Intel i7. The Radeon HD 4870 has a max resolution of 2560 x 1600, and can most likely play allot of games at pretty high settings, so if something like this is of no concern to you, by all means go for a cheaper card like the Radeon HD 4850.