|Enthusiast Custom PC Build Q3-2010|
|Articles - Featured Guides|
|Written by Vito Cassisi - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Sunday, 27 June 2010|
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After careful selection, these are the builds for Q3 – 2010. All prices are from NewEgg. Some items may have rebates which will reduce the overall price further. Be mindful that prices change regularly, and whilst every effort has been made to provide up to date prices, there's no guarantee they'll remain this way. Fortunately, prices tend to go down rather than up. :)There’s three builds, two Intel and an AMD configuration. The aim is to cater for as many people as possible. Depending on your specific needs, you may wish to remove, change, or add components. No external peripherals or OS have been included.
The X58 Build
The X58 platform is Intel's current top tier package, paired with a LGA1366 socket capable of housing the performance king Core i7 9xx CPUs. Motherboards with a X58 chipset feature tri-channel memory capability and increased PCI-e bandwidth for multi-card setups.
Intel's Core i7 930 was chosen for its budget price, insane performance, and equally impressive overclockability. It's not uncommon to get this CPU to 4.2GHz on air cooling, and 4GHz is almost guaranteed. The Thermalright Venomous X was included for this purpose exactly (if you're willing), otherwise you can leave it out and pocket some change!
Ripjaws were chosen for the memory because of their great price and performance. The 1600MHz clock rate makes it effortless to obtain a high CPU overclock, and the CL8 latency is nothing to scoff at.
The GPU is an ATI HD5870 manufactured by HIS. This card is a high end part, suitable for demanding gaming sessions. It can support 3 displays simultaneously via Eyefinity. The reason we opted for such a card is because of its price point, which slots in nicely, and delivers remarkable performance.
Western Digital have been making fast and reliable drives for many years, and this 1TB offering is no exception. Plenty of storage for a good price.
The Silverstone Raven RV02 case houses the build. Its unique motherboard orientation allows for efficient airflow, and the positive air pressure prevents dust build-up inside the case. It's ultra quiet too!
Overall, this build is perfect for those who want the best platform without paying a fortune, or sacrificing features.
The P55 Build
The P55 platform was designed for cost effective performance. The LGA 1156 socket allows Intel's i7 860 to slip into the build; a high performance part with great overclocking potential.
The XFX 5850 card has been included for its great price to performance ratio. Fans of multi-card configurations may opt for 2 x HD5770 instead, which delivers more power, but requires games which scale well to two cards.
Of course, we're going to need a case, and Lian Li's K60 suits the bill nicely. Its great bundle of cooling fans, build quality, and affordable price make it hard to pass up.
Last but not least, the XFX 650W power supply has been included to bring life to the system. The single rail, high efficiency, high reliability design makes it the perfect choice for high-end gear and enthusiast tweaking.
If you're looking for a budget gaming rig, this is the way to go.
The 880G Build
Ahh, good ol' AMD. This setup sports the new Phenom II X6 1090T, the six core powerhouse without the price to match! This is the way to go for people who use multi-core aware applications often. Being a black edition, the multiplier is unlocked too, meaning you're all set to overclock it to within an inch of its life!
Due to the nature of AMDs current platforms, the components are very affordable. This 880G build shares components with both the P55 and X58 setups above. Keep in mind that the 880G chipset doesn't offer CrossFire, so if you plan on running two cards, consider the slightly more expensive Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H, or a Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD5 for full 16x bandwidth on both cards (recommended for high-end cards).