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last update: March 2 / '14

Welcome to "rabb1t's systems page". This page is dedicated to those who would like a full system recommendation. The date listed next to the system name is when the system was first designed. I will change the builds about every 2 to 3 months depending on price and part changes. Build names are chosen in order to help people ponder a specific parts list over several months time.

A note on my recommendations:

The systems have references to "rank". Each rank is a bracket in terms of power and performance. As you increase rank you will increase your power as well as allowing for higher settings and higher resolutions, increasing your enjoyment of your games.

Rank 1 builds will be what I'd recommend as a minimum for gaming. A rank 1 build will be the lowest cost while not sacrificing too much in performance. For those in an area of the world where (newer) tech is more expensive this will likely be the build you want to look at the most.
Rank 2 is what I'd recommend as the best choice for good gaming on a tighter budget.
Rank 3 is a solid/higher mainstream gaming system.
Rank 4 is a higher-end gaming system that reaches a bit into overkill, featuring multiple graphic cards and possibly some bleeding edge technologies. This will offer the absolute best gaming experience and is an ideal choice for the gamer who wants it all without going into total overkill.
Rank 5 is an extreme system with a focus on gaming as well as general entertainment. It will feature multiple graphic cards or other bleeding edge technologies. This will offer the best gaming experience as well as going beyond into other entertainment.

As you can see, systems become more powerful and more expensive as you increase rank. Note that these systems are all gaming systems, and as such, parts selection is based on gaming performance. Items that frequently have rebates will show their common post-rebate price in green. Also note that these prices do not include any tax or shipping fees that may apply. You may wish to highlight and print the build you are doing for future reference. Global prices may not include rebates and may vary from prices in the U.S. Options for graphics have been included in some ranks to reflect price point scaling differences in the global market. Note that these options may be lower in price, but will also be lower in power. A single more powerful card (compared to dual lower cards) is always the better option.


Generation 28 - March 2015


"White rabbit" (March 2015) - Rank 1

CPU
240
Graphics card
155
145
Ram
72
Motherboard
120
Sound
On-board motherboard sound
free
Hard Drive
115
Optical
Asus DVD/CD burner (DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS)
20
Power Supply
120
100
Case
45
35
Sub-Total
887
847

Speakers

50
Mouse
50
Mouse pad
25
Keyboard
14
Surge Protection
18
Sub-Total
1044
1004

Operating System

100
Sub-Total
1144
1104

Monitor

Asus VS238H-P 23" 1920x1080

160

140
Total
1304
1244


Rank 1, alternate parts; AMD core

CPU
125
Graphics card
165
145
Motherboard
Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 (Single graphic card use only)
83
73
Total
-142
-162


"Galvatron" (March 2015) - Rank 2

CPU
240
Graphics card
Evga GTX 970, FTW ACX (OC) (04G-P4-2978-KR)
370
Ram
160
Motherboard
190
Sound
On-board motherboard sound
free
Hard Drive
125
Optical
80
60
Power Supply
120
100
Case
50
Sub-Total
1335
1295

Speakers

90
Mouse
50
Mouse pad
25
Keyboard
14
Surge Protection
25
Sub-Total
1539
1499

Operating System

100
Sub-Total
1639
1599

Monitor

Asus VS238H-P 23" 1920x1080

160

140
Total
1799
1739


Rank 2, alternate parts; AMD core

CPU
220
Motherboard
130
115
Total
-80
-95


"Judson Ellis" (March 2015) - Rank 3

CPU
240
Graphics card
Evga GTX 970, FTW ACX (OC) (04G-P4-2978-KR)
370
Ram
160
Motherboard
190
Sound
On-board motherboard sound
free
Solid state drive
235
Optical
80
60
Power Supply
170
Case
80
50
Sub-Total
1525
1475

Speakers

90
Mouse
50
Mouse pad
35
Keyboard
115
Surge Protection
40
Sub-Total
1855
1805

Operating System

100
Sub-Total
1955
1905

Monitor

Asus VN247H-P 23.6" 1920x1080 x3 for triple monitor - 3x1 config, minimum 5760x1080 total resolution

615
Total
2570
2520


Rank 3, alternate parts; single monitor

Graphics card
Evga GTX 970, FTW ACX (OC) (04G-P4-2978-KR)
370
Monitor
Asus VN247H-P 23.6" 1920x1080
205
Total
-410
-410

Rank 3, alternate parts

Graphics card
Asus R9 290 (R9290-DC2OC-4GD5)
(Triple monitor via Eyefinity.)
340
310
Total
-30
-60


"Dr. William Bell" (March 2015) - Rank 4

CPU
Cooling (Optional)
330
60
330
50
Graphics card
Evga GTX 980, FTW (04G-P4-2986-KR)
580
Ram
160
Motherboard
215
Sound
100
Solid state drive
235
Optical
80
60
Power Supply
170
Case
105
Sub-Total
2035
2005

Speakers

90
Mouse
50
Mouse pad
35
Keyboard
115
Gamepad (optional)
45
Surge Protection
40
Sub-Total
2410
2380

Operating System

100
Sub-Total
2510
2480

Monitor

Asus VN247H-P 23.6" 1920x1080 x3 for triple monitor - 3x1 config, 5760x1080 total resolution

615
Total
3125
3095


Rank 4, alternate parts

Graphics card
Asus R9 290X (R9290X-DC2OC-4GD5)
(Triple monitor via Eyefinity.)
390
360
Total
-190
-220


"Spock" (March 2015) - Rank 5

CPU
Cooling (Optional)
330
95
Graphics card
Evga GTX 980, FTW (04G-P4-2986-KR) x3 SLI/Surround/3d Vision
1740
Ram
340
Motherboard
205
Sound
100
Solid state drive
Hard drive
470
165
Optical
80
60
Power Supply
220
Case
105
Sub-Total
3850
3830

Speakers

375
Speaker cable
AmazonBasics digital cable
5
Mouse
50
Mouse pad
35
Keyboard
100
Gamepad (optional)
45
Surge Protection
35
Sub-Total
4495
4475

Operating System

100
Sub-Total
4595
4575

Monitor

ASUS ROG PG278Q 27" 2560X1440, 144Hz with G-Sync, x3 for triple monitor - 3x1 config, 7680x1440 total resolution, Nvidia 3D Surround ready. Note: This high of a resolution will take a lot of power to run. Running at max res with 3d Vision may be a performance hit great enough to want to turn it down to 5760x1080 resolution.
Asus VN247H-P 23" 1920x1080 x1 for non-gaming apps (optional)
Ergotech Triple Horizontal LCD Monitor Arm Desk Stand (100-D16-B03)

2400
(205)
170

2400
(205)
170
Nvidia 3D Vision 2
(150)
Total
7165
7145


LAN


"Paris" (March 2015) - Rank 2

CPU
240
Graphics card
Evga GTX 970, FTW ACX (OC) (04G-P4-2978-KR)
370
Ram
75
Motherboard
Asus Z97M-PLUS (single graphics card use only)
125
Sound
On-board motherboard sound
free
Hard Drive
115
Optical
none
0
Power Supply
120
Case
130
95
Sub-Total
1175
1140

Headphones

45
Mouse
50
Mouse pad
25
Keyboard
15
Sub-Total
1310
1275

Operating System

100
Sub-Total
1410
1375

Monitor

Asus VN247H-P 23" 1920x1080

205
Total
1615
1580


"Spock Prime" (March 2015) - Rank 4

CPU
330
Graphics card
Evga GTX 970, FTW ACX (OC) (04G-P4-2978-KR)
370
Ram
160
Motherboard
160
Sound
X-Fi on-motherboard
free
Hard Drive
235
Blu-ray/DVD
none
0
Power Supply
140
120
Case
130
95
Sub-Total
1525
1470

Headphones

45
Mouse
50
Mouse pad
25
Keyboard
115
Sub-Total
1800
1705

Operating System

100
Sub-Total
1900
1805

Monitor

Asus VN247H-P 23.6" 1920x1080 - Ideally you want three for Nvidia Surround, however, triple monitor may not be ideal for LAN travel depending on the situation.

205
Total
2105
2010

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