Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Nov 2012 - $1250 Gaming PC

Description: Still powered by a Core i5-2500k, this mid-sized desktop is only for the most serious gamer. With a pair of Crossfired 7950s, this machine is capable of resolutions still not yet amongst common consumers. It's pretty much as good as money can buy for current games. HD? Piece of cake. Anti-aliasing? Check. Anisotropic filtering? Got it. 3 Monitors? No problem. 2 games at the same time? Sure, why not? This machine has so much power you will find yourself throwing everything but the kitchen sink at it just to see if it will slow down.

Note: MicroCenter has these CPUs on sale at ridiculous prices. If you have a store nearby, I'd recommend you get your CPU and motherboard there for even more savings (easily $100 less than other retailers).

Expect excellent performance with multiple HD monitors at high settings.

Cost Breakdown
Subtotal MIRs Total

Individual Parts
Motherboard GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UP4 $185 --- Newegg
RAM G.Skill 8GB DDR3 1600MHz $25 --- Newegg
Power Supply Rosewill XTreme 850W $100 --- Newegg
SSD Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB $100 --- Amazon
Case NZXT GAMMA $35 --- Amazon
Graphics 2 x Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 $530 --- Amazon Warehouse

Type Part Part Price MIR Link
CPU + Cooler Intel Core i5-2500k Corsair H60 $265 --- Newegg


SSD: I'd recommend keeping the Kingston 3K drives since they are some of the top-rated and fastest around. But, if you absolutely want to substitue it, feel free.
Sandisk Extreme 120GB $100 --- Amazon
Crucial M4 128GB $103 --- Amazon
Samsung 830 128GB $99 --- Amazon
Intel 330 120GB $100 --- Amazon
Intel 330 180GB $100 --- Newegg

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