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last update: February 6 / '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 24 - February 2014


"White Rabbit" (February 2014) - Rank 1

CPU
190
Graphics card
175
Ram
Corsair Vengance 8 gig kit DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 timed
95
Motherboard
85
Sound
On-board motherboard sound
free
Hard Drive
75
Optical
Asus DVD/CD burner (DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS)
20
Power Supply
120
Case
55
Sub-Total
815
815

Speakers

50
Mouse
40
Mouse pad
25
Keyboard
12
Surge Protection
16
Sub-Total
958
958

Operating System

100
Sub-Total
1058
1058

Monitor

Asus VS238H-P 23" 1920x1080

160

140
Total
1218
1198


Rank 1, alternate parts; AMD core

CPU
140
Graphics card
210
Motherboard
Asus M5A78L-M LX (Single graphic card use only)
55
45
Total
-45
-55


"Caterpillar" (February 2014) - Rank 2

CPU
240
Graphics card
Evga GTX 760, Superclocked, ACX (OC) (02G-P4-2765-KR)
250
Ram
Corsair Vengance Pro 16 gig kit DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 timed
190
Motherboard
140
Sound
On-board motherboard sound
free
Hard Drive
210
Optical
85
65
Power Supply
120
Case
50
Sub-Total
1285
1265

Speakers

90
Mouse
60
Mouse pad
25
Keyboard
15
Surge Protection
25
Sub-Total
1500
1480

Operating System

100
Sub-Total
1600
1580

Monitor

Asus VS238H-P 23" 1920x1080

160

140
Total
1760
1720


Rank 2, alternate parts; AMD core

CPU
200
Motherboard
145
125
Total
-35
-55


"Mad Hatter" (February 2014) - Rank 3

CPU
240
Graphics card
440
Ram
Corsair Vengance Pro 16 gig kit DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 timed
170
Motherboard
150
Sound
On-board motherboard sound
free
Solid state drive
290
Optical
90
70
Power Supply
140
120
Case
100
90
Sub-Total
1620
1570

Speakers

90
Mouse
60
Mouse pad
25
Keyboard
150
Surge Protection
38
Sub-Total
1983
1933

Operating System

100
Sub-Total
2083
2033

Monitor

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

570
Total
2653
2603


Rank 3, alternate parts; single monitor

Graphics card
Evga GTX 660, 2 gig, Superclocked (OC) (02G-P4-2662-KR)
210
190
Monitor
Asus VS238H-P 23" 1920x1080
160
140
Total
-640
-670

Rank 3, alternate parts

Graphics card
Asus R9 290 (R9290-4GD5)
(Triple monitor via Eyefinity.)
580
Total
140
140


"Cheshire Cat" (February 2014) - Rank 4

CPU
Cooling (Optional)
340
60
Graphics card
Evga GTX 780, ACX Cooler (03G-P4-2784-KR)
510
500
Ram
Corsair Vengeance Pro 16 gig kit DDR3-1866 9-10-9-27 timed
190
Motherboard
235
Sound
120
Solid state drive
400
Optical
85
65
Power Supply
140
120
Case
110
Sub-Total
2190
2140

Speakers

90
Mouse
60
Mouse pad
35
Keyboard
150
Gamepad (optional)
45
Surge Protection
Belkin AP20800FC08 aka PureAV PF30 - (NewEgg) / (Amazon)
110
Sub-Total
2680
2630

Operating System

100
Sub-Total
2780
2730

Monitor

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

570
Total
3350
3300


Rank 4, alternate parts

Graphics card
Asus R9 290X (R9290X-DC2OC-4GD5)
(Triple monitor via Eyefinity.)
600
Total
90
100


"Alice" (February 2014) - Rank 5

CPU
Cooling (Optional)
340
100
Graphics card
Evga GTX 780 Ti, Superclocked (03G-P4-2883-KR) x3 SLI/Surround/3d Vision
1530
1500
Ram
Corsair Vengeance Pro 16 gig kit DDR3-2133 11-11-11-27 timed x2 for 32 gig
420
Motherboard
235
Sound
120
Solid state drive
Hard drive
400
195
Optical
85
65
Power Supply
200
Case
110
Sub-Total
3735
3685

Speakers

325
Speaker cable
AmazonBasics digital cable
7
Mouse
140
Mouse pad
35
Keyboard
150
Gamepad (optional)
45
Surge Protection
Belkin AP20800FC08 aka PureAV PF30 - (NewEgg) / (Amazon)
110
Sub-Total
4547
4497

Operating System

100
Sub-Total
4647
4597

Monitor

ASUS VG248QE 24" 1920x1080, 120Hz, x3 for triple monitor - 3x1 config, minimum 5760x1080 total resolution, Nvidia 3D Surround ready
Asus VS238H-P 23" 1920x1080 x1 for non-gaming apps (optional)

840
160

840
140
Nvidia 3D Vision 2
Nvidia GeForce 3D Vision 2 kit
Extra glasses (optional) (in case you want to watch 3D Blu-ray with a friend / loved one.)
150
80
Total
5877
5807


LAN


"Knave of Hearts" (February 2014) - Rank 2

CPU
240
Graphics card
Evga GTX 760, Superclocked, ACX (OC) (02G-P4-2765-KR)
250
Ram
Corsair Vengance 8 gig kit DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 timed
95
Motherboard
Asus H81I-PLUS (single graphics card use only)
85
Sound
On-board motherboard sound
free
Hard Drive
210
Optical
Asus DVD/CD burner (DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS)
20
Power Supply
120
Case
70
Sub-Total
1090
1090

Headphones

45
Mouse
60
Mouse pad
25
Keyboard
15
Sub-Total
1235
1235

Operating System

100
Sub-Total
1335
1335

Monitor

Asus VS238H-P 23" 1920x1080

160

140
Total
1495
1475


"Queen of Hearts" (February 2014) - Rank 4

CPU
340
Graphics card
410
400
Ram
Corsair Vengeance Pro 16 gig kit DDR3-1866 9-10-9-27 timed
190
Motherboard
Asus H81I-PLUS (single graphics card use only)
80
Sound
X-Fi on-motherboard
free
Hard Drive
280
Blu-ray/DVD
85
65
Power Supply
140
120
Case
70
Sub-Total
1595
1545

Headphones

45
Mouse
60
Mouse pad
25
Keyboard
150
Sub-Total
1875
1825

Operating System

100
Sub-Total
1975
1925

Monitor

Asus VG248QE 24" 1920x1080 - Ideally you want three for Nvidia Surround, however, triple monitor may not be ideal for LAN travel depending on the situation.

280
Total
2255
2205

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