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last update: May 18 / '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 29 - June 2015


"Scarlet Witch" (June 2015) - Rank 1

CPU
240
Graphics card
200
190
Ram
66
Motherboard
130
110
Sound
On-board motherboard sound
free
Hard Drive
150
Optical
Asus DVD/CD burner (DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS)
20
Power Supply
110
Case
50
30
Sub-Total
966
916

Speakers

50
Mouse
45
Mouse pad
20
Keyboard
14
Surge Protection
18
Sub-Total
1113
1063

Operating System

100
Sub-Total
1213
1163

Monitor

Asus VS238H-P 23" 1920x1080

160

140
Total
1373
1303


Rank 1, alternate parts; AMD core

CPU
140
Graphics card
160
140
Motherboard
Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 (Single graphic card use only)
80
70
Total
-190
-190


"Hawkeye" (June 2015) - Rank 2

CPU
240
Graphics card
Evga GTX 970, FTW ACX (OC) (04G-P4-2978-KR)
360
340
Ram
140
Motherboard
155
Sound
On-board motherboard sound
free
Hard Drive
150
Optical
75
55
Power Supply
110
Case
50
30
Sub-Total
1280
1220

Speakers

90
Mouse
45
Mouse pad
20
Keyboard
14
Surge Protection
25
Sub-Total
1474
1414

Operating System

100
Sub-Total
1574
1514

Monitor

Asus VS238H-P 23" 1920x1080

160

140
Total
1734
1654


Rank 2, alternate parts; AMD core

CPU
CPU cooling
210
60
210
50
Motherboard
120
100
Total
-5
-35


"Black Widow" (June 2015) - Rank 3

CPU
240
Graphics card
Evga GTX 970, FTW ACX2 (OC) (04G-P4-2978-KR)
360
340
Ram
140
Motherboard
155
Sound
On-board motherboard sound
free
Solid state drive
270
Optical
75
55
Power Supply
170
Case
140
120
Sub-Total
1550
1490

Speakers

90
Mouse
45
Mouse pad
30
Keyboard
120
Surge Protection
40
Sub-Total
1875
1815

Operating System

100
Sub-Total
1975
1915

Monitor

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

540
Total
2515
2455


Rank 3, alternate parts; single monitor

Graphics card
Evga GTX 970, FTW ACX2 (OC) (04G-P4-2978-KR)
360
340
Monitor
Asus VN247H-P 23.6" 1920x1080
180
Total
-360
-360

Rank 3, alternate parts

Graphics card
Asus R9 290 (R9290-DC2OC-4GD5)
(Triple monitor via Eyefinity.)
500
Total
140
160


"Iron Man" (June 2015) - Rank 4

CPU
Cooling (Optional)
340
60
330
50
Graphics card
Evga GTX 980, FTW ACX2 (04G-P4-2986-KR)
570
560
Ram
140
Motherboard
300
Sound
100
Solid state drive
270
Optical
75
55
Power Supply
170
Case
140
120
Sub-Total
2165
2095

Speakers

90
Mouse
70
Mouse pad
30
Keyboard
120
Gamepad (optional)
40
Surge Protection
40
Sub-Total
2555
2485

Operating System

100
Sub-Total
2655
2585

Monitor

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

540
Total
3195
3125


Rank 4, alternate parts

Graphics card
Asus R9 290X (R9290X-DC2OC-4GD5)
(Triple monitor via Eyefinity.)
650
Total
30
40


"Captain America" (June 2015) - Rank 5

CPU
Cooling (Optional)
340
90
Graphics card
Evga GTX 980, FTW (04G-P4-2986-KR) x3 SLI/Surround/3d Vision
1710
1680
Ram
290
Motherboard
300
Sound
100
Solid state drive
Hard drive
540
165
Optical
75
55
Power Supply
350
Case
140
120
Sub-Total
4100
4030

Speakers

360
Speaker cable
AmazonBasics digital cable
5
Mouse
70
Mouse pad
30
Keyboard
120
Gamepad (optional)
40
Surge Protection
40
Sub-Total
4765
4695

Operating System

100
Sub-Total
4865
4795

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)

2340
(180)
190
Total
7395
7325


LAN


"Bruce Banner" (June 2015) - Rank 2

CPU
240
Graphics card
Evga GTX 970, FTW ACX2 (OC) (04G-P4-2978-KR)
360
340
Ram
65
Motherboard
Asus Z97M-PLUS (single graphics card use only)
125
Sound
On-board motherboard sound
free
Hard Drive
150
Optical
none
0
Power Supply
120
Case
130
100
Sub-Total
1190
1140

Headphones

70
Mouse
45
Mouse pad
25
Keyboard
15
Sub-Total
1345
1295

Operating System

100
Sub-Total
1445
1395

Monitor

Asus VN247H-P 23" 1920x1080

180
Total
1625
1575


"Hulk" (June 2015) - Rank 4

CPU
340
Graphics card
Evga GTX 970, FTW ACX2.0 (OC) (04G-P4-2978-KR)
360
340
Ram
140
Motherboard
160
Sound
free
free
Hard Drive
270
Blu-ray/DVD
none
0
Power Supply
140
120
Case
130
95
Sub-Total
1540
1465

Headphones

70
Mouse
45
Mouse pad
20
Keyboard
120
Sub-Total
1795
1720

Operating System

100
Sub-Total
1895
1820

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
2075
2000

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