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last update: August 28 / '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 30 - September 2015


"Pike" (September 2015) - Rank 1

CPU
Cooling
250
63
Graphics card
200
180
Ram
110
Motherboard
Asus Z170M-PLUS (single GPU only)
130
Sound
On-board motherboard sound
free
Hard Drive
140
Optical
Asus DVD/CD burner (DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS)
20
Power Supply
100
80
Case
55
45
Sub-Total
1068
1018

Speakers

50
Mouse
40
Mouse pad
20
Keyboard
18
Surge Protection
20
Sub-Total
1216
1166

Operating System

100
Sub-Total
1316
1266

Monitor

Asus VS238H-P 23" 1920x1080

170

150
Total
1486
1416


Rank 1, alternate parts; AMD core

CPU
150
Graphics card
180
160
Motherboard
Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 (Single graphic card use only)
70
60
Total
-243
-253


"Scanlan" (September 2015) - Rank 2

CPU
Cooling
250
63
Graphics card
Evga GTX 970, FTW ACX (OC) (04G-P4-2978-KR)
350
340
Ram
230
Motherboard
170
Sound
On-board motherboard sound
free
Hard Drive
140
Optical
75
55
Power Supply
100
80
Case
55
45
Sub-Total
1433
1373

Speakers

85
Mouse
40
Mouse pad
22
Keyboard
18
Surge Protection
25
Sub-Total
1623
1563

Operating System

100
Sub-Total
1723
1663

Monitor

Asus VS238H-P 23" 1920x1080

170

150
Total
1893
1813


Rank 2, alternate parts; AMD core

CPU
CPU cooling
210
63
Motherboard
120
105
Total
-90
-110


"Tiberius" (September 2015) - Rank 3

CPU
Cooling
250
63
Graphics card
Evga GTX 970, FTW ACX2 (OC) (04G-P4-2978-KR)
350
340
Ram
270
Motherboard
170
Sound
On-board motherboard sound
free
Solid state drive
260
Optical
75
55
Power Supply
160
140
Case
140
110
Sub-Total
1738
1658

Speakers

85
Mouse
40
Mouse pad
35
Keyboard
100
Surge Protection
35
Sub-Total
2033
1953

Operating System

100
Sub-Total
2133
2053

Monitor

Asus PB298Q 29" 2560x1080

400
Total
2533
2453


Rank 3, alternate parts; alternate monitor

Graphics card
Evga GTX 970, FTW ACX2 (OC) (04G-P4-2978-KR)
350
340
Monitor
Asus VN247H-P 23.6" 1920x1080
180
Total
-220
-220

Rank 3, alternate parts

Graphics card
ASUS R9 390X (R9390X-DC2-8GD5)
(Triple monitor via Eyefinity.)
450
430
Total
100
90


"Grog" (June 2015) - Rank 4

CPU
Cooling
360
63
Graphics card
Evga GTX 980, FTW ACX2 (04G-P4-2986-KR)
530
400
Ram
270
Motherboard
320
Sound
100
Solid state drive
260
Optical
75
55
Power Supply
160
140
Case
140
110
Sub-Total
2278
2078

Speakers

85
Mouse
40
Mouse pad
35
Keyboard
100
Gamepad (optional)
40
Surge Protection
35
Sub-Total
2613
2413

Operating System

100
Sub-Total
2713
2513

Monitor

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

540
Total
3253
3053


Rank 4, alternate parts

Graphics card
ASUS R9 390X (R9390X-DC2-8GD5)
(Triple monitor via Eyefinity.)
450
430
Total
80
30


"Matthew" (September 2015) - Rank 5

CPU
Cooling
360
100
Graphics card
Evga GTX 980, SC+ w/ACX BP (06G-P4-4995-KR) x2 SLI/Surround/3d Vision
1360
Ram
270
Motherboard
320
Sound
100
Solid state drive
Hard drive
520
150
Optical
75
55
Power Supply
230
Case
140
110
Sub-Total
3625
3575

Speakers

360
Speaker cable
AmazonBasics digital cable
5
Mouse
40
Mouse pad
35
Keyboard
100
Gamepad (optional)
40
Surge Protection
40
Sub-Total
4245
4195

Operating System

100
Sub-Total
4345
4295

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)
Deluxe Triple Monitor Stand

2010
(180)
110
Total
6645
6595


LAN


"Vex'ahlia" (September 2015) - Rank 2

CPU
Cooling
250
63
Graphics card
Evga GTX 970, FTW ACX2 (OC) (04G-P4-2978-KR)
360
340
Ram
110
Motherboard
Asus Z170M-PLUS (single GPU only)
130
Sound
On-board motherboard sound
free
Hard Drive
140
Optical
none
0
Power Supply
100
80
Case
130
100
Sub-Total
1283
1213

Headphones

70
Mouse
45
Mouse pad
22
Keyboard
15
Sub-Total
1435
1365

Operating System

100
Sub-Total
1535
1465

Monitor

Asus VN247H-P 23" 1920x1080

180
Total
1715
1645


"Vax'ildan" (September 2015) - Rank 4

CPU
Cooling
360
63
Graphics card
Evga GTX 970, FTW ACX2.0 (OC) (04G-P4-2978-KR)
360
340
Ram
270
Motherboard
Asus Z170M-PLUS (single GPU only)
130
Sound
free
free
Hard Drive
260
Blu-ray/DVD
none
0
Power Supply
135
Case
130
95
Sub-Total
1708
1653

Headphones

150
Mouse
45
Mouse pad
25
Keyboard
100
Sub-Total
2028
1973

Operating System

100
Sub-Total
2128
2073

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.

180
Total
2308
2253

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