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.
The Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz processor is the perfect pick for your HTPC costing roughly $58.99, youcannot go wrong with this Dual-Core 2 x 1MB L@ Cache Socket AM3 65W processor. This processor should be all the power you need to run your HTPC to its full extent.
The Asus M4A88T-M HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard includes 2×240 pin memory slots allowing up to a maximum of 8GB of Dual Channel DDR3 memory. A built in Audio chipset allowing 8 channels of sound using Realtek ALC887, and 6 x USB 2.0 real panel ports (5 onboard USB 2.0 ports), 1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 port just in case you want to add a future graphics card for gaming etc, 1 x PCI express x1 port, and one PCI port.
The Intel Core i7-950 processor at around $295 and can quite possibly be a great
choice for any hardcore gamer. The Intel i7 is currently the most powerful gaming processors available. The only downfall about using the Intel Core i7-950 is that it must use a X58 based motherboard, which means overall you pay will end up with a higher priced build. However, these motherboard utilize triple channel DDR3 memory and overall the result in performance is significant.
The AMDPhenom II X4 955 Black Edition is probably the best bang for your buck processor for gaming. The Phenom II X4 955 is a true quad core processor, with a 6 MB L3 cache, and has an unlocked multiplier. This processor can be very easy to overclock and can run as fast as the Phenom II X4 970.
The GeForce GTS 450 graphics card comes in at around $120, and is by far a great card for its price range. You should get a great performance of 16 80×1050 resolution in most games, and 1920×1200 with lower game details. (If you want to get a slightly better graphics cards for a slightly slightly higher prices, consider the other cards in the “Budget Yielding Alternatives” section below)