First Anniversary PC "Build" Contest!

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First Anniversary PC "Build" Contest!

Postby Tathamet » Thu Sep 19, 2013 12:06 pm

Today (September 19th, 2013) marks our first year anniversary, so we thought we'd do something special for you guys/girls!

We'll be hosting a contest and hopefully you know a bit about PCs, because it's gonna take a little (or a lot, depending on how you define difficult) know-how. For this contest you'll want to know the equivalent PC specifications for the next-gen consoles, which we'll let you find (because it would be too easy for us to just give them to you).

Now for the task, you'll be figuratively* "building" a computer on PC PartPicker, excluding the operating system. This won't just be any build, it will be what they call a "Console Killer".

The "Console Killer" must meet or exceed the equivalent specifications of the next-gen consoles (Xbox One and PS4) for a total price of UNDER $650. The price must not exceed $650, including Promo/Combo Discounts and Mail-In Rebates, but excluding tax (shipping is factored in by pcpartpicker).

Builds should be submitted in a reply below. The top three builds will receive a prize package of PC titles. Top builds will be selected by our staff two weeks after today (October 3rd, 2013). If duplicate builds are submitted, the first one submitted will be chosen.

The PC build must consist of these components:

  • Processor (CPU)
  • Motherboard
  • Memory (RAM)
  • Storage (Hard Drive)
  • Video Card (GPU)
  • Case/Tower
  • Power Supply
And on to the prize packages!

1st Place:
  • Orcs Must Die! 2
  • Telltale Games - Humble Bundle
  • Origin/EA - Humble Bundle
2nd Place:
  • Telltale Games - Humble Bundle
  • Origin/EA - Humble Bundle
3rd Place:
  • Origin/EA - Humble Bundle

Telltale Games - Humble Bundle includes: The Walking Dead Game - Season One, Back to the Future: The Game, Sam & Max: Devil's Playhouse, Poker Night at the Inventory, Hector: The Badge of Carnage!, Puzzle Agent 1 & 2, Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures

Origin/EA - Humble Bundle includes: Dead Space, Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box, Crysis 2 Maximum Edition, Mirror's Edge, Dead Space 3, Medal of Honor, C&C: Red Alert Uprising, Battlefield 3, Populous, The Sims 3 + Starter Pack


When choosing top builds, we will factor in review scores and benchmarks of items, as well as our objective opinion.

* You're not actually required to BUILD the PC, just pick out the parts and create a build list on PCPartPicker.com.

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Re: It's our 1st Anniversary, so we have a contest for you!

Postby Tathamet » Thu Sep 19, 2013 12:06 pm

FINAL RANKINGS:

1st place: For first place we had a tie-breaker between Fishtaco and Rayden54.... However, after close analysis of the builds... The winner of the First Anniversary PC "Build" Contest is.................. FISHTACO!!! Congratulations to you and your MONSTER of a build!

Score: Performance: 18.8/20 | Pricing: 10/10 | Consistency: 10/10 | TOTAL: 38.8/40

Parts List:
CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($153.61 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.59 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme3 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 3000 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $649.13

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2nd Place: Coming in at a very, very close second place in this competition is, of course, Rayden54! Congratulations!

Score: Performance: 18.8/20 | Pricing: 10/10 | Consistency: 10/10 | TOTAL: 38.8/40

Parts List:
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($194.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.97 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cougar Spike MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $644.90* Corrected after error

PCPartPicker Link

3rd Place: Freaksmacker! Thank you very much for your excellent submission, and for being very creative (and efficient) with your combination of a SSD and HDD!

Score: Performance: 19.2/20 | Pricing: 9/10 | Consistency: 10/10 | TOTAL: 38.2/40

Parts List:
CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($153.61 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Biostar TA970 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Toshiba 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake VL800P1W2N (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $668.53

PCPartPicker Link

Winners: please check the E-mails associated with your Forum accounts for your prizes!

Honorable Mention: We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the unfading determination and persistence of users Lunyone and Feralshad0w in this competition. Thank you for humbly and admirably competing with us here at Cryptic Games!


***Keep in mind that these prices and components were taken at Midnight of October 3rd, 2013. (PDT) We're sorry to admit that if you changed your build afterwards, or had not yet added a component, you could not do so after that deadline.

We will now be unlocking this thread, if any of you have any comments, questions, disputes, or to simply find out what your "build" scored out of the total 40 points.

Thank you ALL for your support and participation in this competition, and we hope to find you back here at Cryptic Games sometime very soon!

(In case you want to see some of the options we came up with here, we'd be happy to share and take feedback):

$650 - Console Murderer
$550 - Console Killer
$500 - Console Beater
$400 - Console Rivaling APU Build

***Prices taken on October 7th, 2013
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Re: It's our 1st Anniversary, so we have a contest for you!

Postby Tathamet » Thu Sep 19, 2013 12:07 pm

UPDATE (September 26th, 2013)

With about a week left in the competition before judging begins, we'd like to post the judging rubric for the competition. Keep in mind, you are fully entitled to edit your "build" until the final day before judging, where the one present at that time will be recorded, so please make sure you are content with your final pcpartpicker components BY OCTOBER 3rd, 2013. Here is what will determine the winner of this competition.

UPDATE (October 3rd, 2013)
IMPORTANT: TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO CHECK YOUR BUILDS FOR REVISIONS AND TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE PRICED UNDER 650.00 U.S. DOLLARS. The competition will come to a close tonight at Midnight Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). Thank you all for your participation and support!

UPDATE (MIDNIGHT)
Alright, that's it! The competition has now come to a close. We hope you double checked to make sure your build fell under the price maximum! Good luck to all of you that have entered, and may the best builder win! The judging process will take place over the next 2-3 days, and the winners will be announced on October 7th (Monday), and they will also be given their rewards.

Rubric

_/20* Performance: The performance of your suggested computer will be judged according to related benchmarks of the separate components, as well as other things in mind, such as reviews, expert opinion, and good judgement. While more-aesthetic oriented things, such as cases, do fall into this category, they will not have a large impact on this score, unless there is a surprisingly large difference between two cases.

_/10 Price: "Builds" will be given an automatic 10 points in this category for fulfilling the requirement of staying under the 650 U.S. dollar limit. However, points WILL BE DEDUCTED AT A RATE OF 1 POINT PER 25 DOLLARS OVER THE 650 DOLLAR LIMIT. Yes, 1 point will be deducted even if your "build" comes in at a total of $650.01. This also applies if your "build" has a total price of $675.01, and so on. A low-priced "build" will not result in more than 10 points in this category. Remember, you're trying to get the best possible within the $650.00 limit, while not going over, and a lower-priced build will more likely have lower-tier components, which is likely to infringe upon your performance score.

_/10 Consistency: Is your "build" consistent in that the parts will all function optimally in tandem? If not, then you may want to rethink your chosen components. We're not necessarily saying that you can't cross-match AMD and Intel, Radeon and NVIDIA, but if it does negatively impact the performance of your build, you may possibly lose points in this category. Other things, such as AMD motherboards with Intel CPUs, etc. will result in major deductions in this category.

TOTAL: _/40 points
In the result of a tie-breaker, a special competition will take place to determine the winner.

*In a last minute decision, we have decided to make the performance category worth 20 points, rather than 10. This will help give us a more accurate representation of the performance of each of these computers, and will result in less tie-breakers in terms of score. Having performance as the most important category resonates veritably with the core purpose of this competition, and we believe it is the best decision for the judging rubric and its accuracy.


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Re: It's our 1st Anniversary, so we have a contest for you!

Postby llooppss » Fri Sep 20, 2013 2:53 pm

Processor (CPU): AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard
Memory (RAM): Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage (Hard Drive): Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card (GPU): PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card
Case/Tower: Thermaltake VM30001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply

Base Total: $694.67
Total: $644.67

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1K6vR
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Re: First Anniversary PC "Build" Contest!

Postby scoopfing » Sat Sep 21, 2013 10:25 pm

Console Destroyer:

Processor (CPU): AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+
Memory (RAM): Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage (Hard Drive): Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card (GPU): XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB
Case/Tower: Zalman ZM-T1 MicroATX Mini Tower Case
Power Supply: Cooler Master eXtreme Power 550W ATX12V Power Supply

Base Total: $645.90
Total: $690.90

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/scottfinger/saved/2qV4
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Re: First Anniversary PC "Build" Contest!

Postby Haze » Sun Sep 22, 2013 4:36 am

scoopfing wrote: Optical Drive: LG UH12NS30 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer


While next-generation consoles will feature Blu-Ray disc readers, optical drives are NOT required as part of this contest, and therefore, even though I'm not fully at liberty to discuss improvements on submitted "builds", I would personally remove the optical drive, and improve another component of the build, still managing to keep the price at a healthy sub-650 dollars. You are not required to do so, but the optical drive will not be judged upon, and will be seen as wasted currency due to the parameters of this competition.

Good luck in the contest with your build!
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Re: First Anniversary PC "Build" Contest!

Postby ilzy » Tue Sep 24, 2013 2:22 am

Processor (CPU): AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard
Memory (RAM): Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory
Storage (Hard Drive): Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card (GPU): Sapphire Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card
Case/Tower: Apevia X-TRP-NW-BK/450 ATX Mid Tower Case w/450W Power Supply
Power Supply: As Above

Base Total: $686.93
Total: $644.91

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1H3fV
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Re: First Anniversary PC "Build" Contest!

Postby Dyee » Tue Sep 24, 2013 6:21 am

Processor (CPU) : AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard : Gigabyte GA-F2A85XN-WIFI Mini ITX FM2 Motherboard
Memory (RAM) : Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage (Hard Drive) : Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card (GPU) : Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card
Case/Tower : BitFenix Prodigy (Orange) Mini ITX Tower Case
Power Supply : Silverstone Strider Essential 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply

Base Total: $645.35
Mail-in Rebates: -$30.00
Shipping: $20.12
Total: $635.47

Pc particles link: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1H572
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Re: First Anniversary PC "Build" Contest!

Postby feralshad0w » Tue Sep 24, 2013 10:38 pm

I had to really stretch to get everything, but its got everything.

Processor (CPU) : AMD FX 8350 8-core
Motherboard : ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX
Memory (RAM) : Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory
Storage (Hard Drive) :
SSD: Kingston SSDNow V200 Series 64GB (Boot drive)
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM
Video Card (GPU) : PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card
Case/Tower : Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0
Power Supply : Cooler Master i500 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified

Base Total: $746.91
Promo Discounts: -$25.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$75.00
Total: $646.91

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1HqZp

Build highlights:
SSD boot drive
1TB HDD
8-core processor
8gb ddr3 1866 ram
AMD 7950 graphics
1TB HDD

****Edited for better deal on graphics card... put more money toward ram and bigger HDD. also changed motherboard for asrock xfast ram functions.

Here is original build posted here.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1HnoN
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Re: First Anniversary PC "Build" Contest!

Postby Freaksmacker » Wed Sep 25, 2013 1:37 am

  1. cpu 8320
  2. mb biostar ta 970
  3. ram 1866
  4. gpu powercolor7950
  5. storage 64 sandisk ssd os boot
  6. toshiba 500 32 cache hdd
  7. psu evga 80 plus bonze 500w
  8. Thermaltake VL800P1W2N (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case
http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Freaksamcker/saved/202Z Base Total: $714.92
Mail-in Rebates: -$75.00
Total: $639.92
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Re: First Anniversary PC "Build" Contest!

Postby PumpkinsMurder » Thu Sep 26, 2013 4:05 pm

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Re: First Anniversary PC "Build" Contest!

Postby fishtaco » Thu Sep 26, 2013 7:25 pm

Processor (CPU): AMD FX-8320
CPU Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212+
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme3
Memory (RAM): 8gb G. Skill Sniper 1866mhz
Storage (Hard Drive): XFX HD 7950 Double D 3gb
Video Card (GPU): Seagate Barracuda 500Gb
Case/Tower: Fractal Design Core 3000
Power Supply: EVGA 500 B 80+ Bronze

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Kz6j

Base Total: $722.41
Total: $649.41

A completely balanced beast.

8-Core processor for multicore optimized games (such as BF4) and aftermarket cooling for overclocking
Great featured board with great power phasing and overclockability
7950 with dual fan cooler for decent overclocking
And a fantastic budget case with plenty of stock fans and a slew of interior options.
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Re: First Anniversary PC "Build" Contest!

Postby Lunyone » Sun Sep 29, 2013 1:12 am

Here is what I'd consider:
---AMD budget pushing build---

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($153.61 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($58.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($163.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($43.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($55.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $626.52
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-03 23:14 EDT-0400)

* CPU is good for this price and performance.
* Mobo fits the Micro-ATX Case and also supports FRONT USB 3.0 ports (this is on board, which frees up the USB 3.0 ports on the back - no passthru cables like some *Zalman z5 plus I'm looking at you*).
* RAM is fast and cheap. Also runs at stock voltage of 1.5v and has LOW PROFILE heat spreaders, so you can add just about any aftermarket CPU HSF and have the clearance for it.
* SSD is big enough for OS and several games. The SSD will also allow for quick boot times and overall snappiness in and around the OS. If there is need for more storage than just add another HD. (Windows 7 install size is <20 gb's)
* GPU is the best bang for the buck right now and will KILL any integrated GPU, including the ones on the Xbox One/PS4. It is close to an AMD 7950 and when OC'd will reach/beat the stock 7950 GPU.
* Case supports 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, & 3 fans too (2 x 120mm & 1 x 92mm).
* PSU is 80 PLUS Bronze Certified and Modular, so you will have better cable management. It also has plenty of power to handle just about any single GPU out on the market.

Base Total: $685.55
Mail-in Rebates: -$75.00
Shipping: $15.97
Total: $626.52

P.S. Updated with current prices and promotions. I also have no tax in my zip code, so this would be the final price listed above w/shipping (zip code 97080).
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Re: First Anniversary PC "Build" Contest!

Postby rayden54 » Sun Sep 29, 2013 10:47 pm

Here from Tom's Hardware.

Ehhh. People don't like Haswell very much, do they? Hmmm.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.97 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cougar Spike MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $644.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-02 17:54 EDT-0400)
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Re: First Anniversary PC "Build" Contest!

Postby Lunyone » Tue Oct 01, 2013 2:15 pm

---Intel Budget Pushing Version---

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($175.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS R2.0 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($58.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($163.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($43.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($55.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $648.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-03 22:59 EDT-0400)

* Similar build to my AMD build, except this is an Intel build for those who prefer Intel over AMD.
* GPU is 7870 XT Tahiti Core and performs close to AMD 7950 and is cheaper, so it's included in this build to fit the budget.

Base Total: $688.93
Mail-in Rebates: -$65.00
Shipping: $24.96
Total: $648.89

P.S. Updated w/shipping from all vendors, so this is a true price paid and shipped to zip code 97080. :)
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Re: First Anniversary PC "Build" Contest!

Postby Lunyone » Wed Oct 02, 2013 3:08 pm

Mini-ITX build that is priced as close as possible to Xbox One pricing (without OS of coarse):
--AMD Mini-ITX Build

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A85XN-WIFI Mini ITX FM2 Motherboard ($107.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($43.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $511.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-03 23:27 EDT-0400)

Base Total: $567.93
Mail-in Rebates: -$65.00
Shipping: $8.98
Total: $511.91

* CPU is plenty for 99% of users needs and will quite well for most games.
* GPU is good for 1080p game play.
* Mini-ITX mobo to fit into a more console like package. It also has built in WiFi, so now need to wire this system up, if not needed.
* SSD will keep things snappy in and around the OS.
* Case to minimize size to mimic "Console" like size.
* PSU is Modular and will minimize cable clutter and maximize airflow.

** Updated all items with taxes & shipping included for zip code 97080.
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Re: First Anniversary PC "Build" Contest!

Postby Lunyone » Wed Oct 02, 2013 3:14 pm

Intel Mini-ITX build with price and size close to Xbox One pricing:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G3220 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($69.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($114.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($43.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $508.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-03 23:34 EDT-0400)

Base Total: $557.93
Mail-in Rebates: -$65.00
Shipping: $15.97
Total: $508.90

* CPU is good for gaming and is inexpensive too!
* Mobo supports front USB 3.0 ports. Also has built in WiFi, so you can put the system together and connect up to your wireless router (no wiring required).
* RAM has LOW PROFILE heat spreaders, so you can add just about any aftermarket CPU HSF and have the clearance for them.
* GPU good for gaming at 1080p.
* Case is Mini-ITX (close to console size) and also supports Front USB 3.0 ports.
* SSD installed for quickness in and around the OS!
* PSU is modular and will limit cable clutter and increase airflow.

P.S. Updated taxes and shipping for zip code 97080.

P.S. Updated all taxes and shipping charges for zip code 97080. :)
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The Benchmark build

Postby feralshad0w » Thu Oct 03, 2013 10:12 pm

Another submission:


CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: Foxconn H77MXV-D Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card @ 925 mhz
Case: Cougar Spike MicroATX Mini Tower Case
Power Supply: Logisys 550W ATX12V Power Supply

Base Total: $703.75
Promo Discounts: -$10.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$45.00
Total: $648.75

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1KDOH

I made this purely with benchmarks in mind. This will run 8 thread games like a champ and has a stock overclocked 7950
Most games don't really need 8 gigs of system ram. System also has front USB 3.0
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i5 and 7970

Postby feralshad0w » Thu Oct 03, 2013 10:22 pm

An i5 build with a 7970
**There was no rule against multiple entries... so I hope this is ok, I have a lot of ideas for performance.
PS - I don't expect to win multiple prizes but I hope this increases my changes at one of them.


CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: Foxconn H77MXV-D Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card
Case: Cougar Spike MicroATX Mini Tower Case
Power Supply: Xion 700W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply

Base Total: $718.52
Mail-in Rebates: -$70.00
Total: $648.52

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1KE3J

I made this purely with benchmarks in mind. This has a 7970.
Most games don't really need 8 gigs of system ram. System also has front USB 3.0
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Re: First Anniversary PC "Build" Contest!

Postby Haze » Fri Oct 04, 2013 12:10 am

If you posted more than one build submission, then you are completely fine. We did not say that you could not do so, and therefore, all of your submissions will be judged thoroughly and fairly without prejudice for having multiple. Good luck to all of you, have a great weekend, and we'll see you on Monday.
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