$950: Fifth Tier Gaming Build

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$950: Fifth Tier Gaming Build 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 …

Radeon HD 6850: Asus vs MSI vs PowerColor vs Sapphire

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The Radeon HD 6850 is an awesome mid price range graphics card, and performs/is priced very similar to that of NVidia’s GeForce GTX 460 1 GB card. Recently, TomsHardware reviewed three modified vendor cards: Asus, MSI, PowerColor, and Sapphire versions of the Radeon HD 6850 and here I’ll summarize their findings. Sometimes when sorting through the assortment of card brands can …

$700: Fourth Tier Gaming Build

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$700: Fourth Tier Gaming Build 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 …

$600: Third Tier Gaming Build

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$600: Third Tier Gaming Build 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 …

$530: Second Tier Gaming Build

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Check out the $530: Second Tier Gaming Build! With the Intel Core i3-540  costing roughly $105, it can be a great processor for a solid gaming build. This processor beats out the Athlon II X3 445. If you want a higher clock rate for about $15 dollars more, then I would suggest going with the Intel core i3 – 550. …

$400: Entry Level Gaming Build

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Check out the $400: Entry Level Gaming Build! With the Athlon X3 450 3.2GHZ costing roughly $89.00, you cannot go wrong with this triple core, high clock rate (lot’s of room for overclocking) processor. This processor should allow most modern games to play well, at decent settings. The Radeon HD 4650 graphics card at its very low price point of …

Cheap Gaming PC (Intel): Running Most Games w/ Ultra&High Settings

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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 …

Cheap Gaming PC (AMD): Running Most Games w/ Ultra&High Settings

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So you want to play your games on ultra high resolution/quality, but don’t have a ton of cash? Games like Starcraft 2, World of Warcraft, the new Fallout new Vegas etc. will all play great at 1080p resolutions on ultra graphics with these builds. When looking into a gaming PC you want to look for  decent processing power, around 4Gb …

A Basic/Cheap Home Theatre PC (HTPC) Build w/ Blu-ray

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So you are wanting to build a cheap basic HTPC build to set beside your entertainment system/television for your basic entertainment needs. This means that you can create a PC that will play full 1080p video but is missing all the fancy whistles such as a separate sound-card, tv-tuner, tv-recording, video encoding, video recording  etc. This is not to say …

Interested in CPU, SSD, and GPU Benchmarks?

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If you are then you should visit AnandTech‘s benchmark page. It has a simple to use interface that allows to select two different CPU’s, SSD’s, or GPU’s and then configures a comparison ratings chart with categories like “Video creation”, x264 HD Encode Test, “Windows Media Encoder 9 x64”, “Far Cry 2 playback”…etc. As well the comparison chart includes the overall …