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last update: June 22 / '16

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 31 - April 2016


"Pike" (April 2016) - Rank 1

CPU
240
Graphics card
190
180
Ram
65
Motherboard
Asus Z170M-PLUS (single GPU only)
120
Sound
On-board motherboard sound
free
Hard Drive
110
Optical
Asus DVD/CD burner (DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS)
20
Power Supply
120
110
Case
55
45
Sub-Total
920
890

Speakers

50
Mouse
40
Mouse pad
20
Keyboard
15
Surge Protection
15
Sub-Total
1060
1030

Operating System

100
Sub-Total
1160
1130

Monitor

Asus VS238H-P 23" 1920x1080

135

115
Total
1295
1245


Rank 1, alternate parts; AMD core

CPU
150
Graphics card
160
145
Motherboard
Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 (Single graphic card use only)
70
60
Total
-170
-205


"Scanlan" (April 2016) - Rank 2

CPU
240
Graphics card
Evga GTX 970, FTW ACX (OC) (04G-P4-2978-KR)
CAUTION: The GTX 1070 is relasing now. I would recommend waiting for them to be in stock if you are making a new purchase.
355
340
Ram
150
Motherboard
155
145
Sound
On-board motherboard sound
free
Hard Drive
110
Optical
115
Power Supply
120
110
Case
55
45
Sub-Total
1300
1255

Speakers

85
Mouse
40
Mouse pad
20
Keyboard
15
Surge Protection
30
Sub-Total
1490
1445

Operating System

100
Sub-Total
1590
1545

Monitor

Asus VS238H-P 23" 1920x1080

135

115
Total
1725
1660


Rank 2, alternate parts; AMD core

CPU
CPU cooling
190
60
Motherboard
135
120
Total
-10
-15


"Tiberius" (April 2016) - Rank 3

CPU
Cooling
240
60
Graphics card
Evga GTX 970, FTW ACX2 (OC) (04G-P4-2978-KR)
CAUTION: The GTX 1070 is relasing now. I would recommend waiting for them to be in stock if you are making a new purchase.
355
340
Ram
205
Motherboard
155
145
Sound
On-board motherboard sound
free
Solid state drive
230
Optical
115
Power Supply
160
140
Case
110
Sub-Total
1630
1585

Speakers

85
Mouse
40
Mouse pad
35
Keyboard
110
Surge Protection
40
Sub-Total
1940
1895

Operating System

100
Sub-Total
2040
1995

Monitor

Asus PB298Q 29" 2560x1080

400
Total
2440
2395


Rank 3, alternate parts

Graphics card
ASUS R9 390X (STRIX-R9390X-DC3OC-8GD5-GAMING)
420
400
Total
+65
+60


"Grog" (April 2016) - Rank 4

CPU
Cooling
370
60
Graphics card
Evga GTX 980, FTW ACX2 (04G-P4-2986-KR)
CAUTION: The GTX 1080 is relasing now. I would recommend waiting for them to be in stock if you are making a new purchase.
560
Ram
205
Motherboard
230
Sound
90
Solid state drive
230
Optical
75
55
Power Supply
160
150
Case
110
Sub-Total
2090
2055

Speakers

85
Mouse
40
Mouse pad
35
Keyboard
100
Gamepad (optional)
65
Surge Protection
35
Sub-Total
2450
2415

Operating System

100
Sub-Total
2550
2515

Monitor

BenQ XR3501 35" 2560x1080

900
Total
3450
3415


Rank 4, alternate parts

Graphics card
ASUS R9 390X (STRIX-R9390X-DC3OC-8GD5-GAMING)
420
400
Total
-140
-160


"Matthew" (April 2016) - Rank 5

CPU
Cooling
370
90
Graphics card
Evga GTX 980 Ti, SC+ w/ACX BP (06G-P4-4995-KR) x2 SLI/Surround/3d Vision
CAUTION: The GTX 1070 is relasing now. I would recommend waiting for them to be in stock if you are making a new purchase.
1300
1280
Ram
205
Motherboard
300
Sound
90
Solid state drive
Hard drive
230
150
Optical
115
Power Supply
190
Case
110
Sub-Total
3150
3130

Speakers

390
Speaker cable
AmazonBasics digital cable
5
Mouse
40
Mouse pad
35
Keyboard
100
Gamepad (optional)
60
Surge Protection
35
Sub-Total
3815
3795

Operating System

100
Sub-Total
3915
3895

Monitor

Asus PG348Q 34" 3440x1440, 144Hz with G-Sync

1300
Total
5215
5195


LAN


"Vex'ahlia" (April 2016) - Rank 2

CPU
Cooling
250
60
Graphics card
Evga GTX 970, FTW ACX2 (OC) (04G-P4-2978-KR)
CAUTION: The GTX 1070 is relasing now. I would recommend waiting for them to be in stock if you are making a new purchase.
355
340
Ram
65
Motherboard
Asus Z170M-PLUS (single GPU only)
120
Sound
On-board motherboard sound
free
Hard Drive
110
Optical
none
0
Power Supply
120
110
Case
130
100
Sub-Total
1210
1155

Headphones

80
Mouse
40
Mouse pad
20
Keyboard
15
Sub-Total
1365
1310

Operating System

100
Sub-Total
1465
1410

Monitor

Asus VN247H-P 23" 1920x1080

160
Total
1625
1570


"Vax'ildan" (April 2016) - Rank 4

CPU
Cooling
380
90
Graphics card
Evga GTX 970, FTW ACX2.0 (OC) (04G-P4-2978-KR)
CAUTION: The GTX 1070 is relasing now. I would recommend waiting for them to be in stock if you are making a new purchase.
355
340
Ram
205
Motherboard
Asus Z170M-PLUS (single GPU only)
120
Sound
On-board motherboard sound
free
Hard Drive
230
Blu-ray/DVD
none
0
Power Supply
160
Case
130
100
Sub-Total
1670
1625

Headphones

80
15
Mouse
40
Mouse pad
20
Keyboard
100
Sub-Total
1925
1880

Operating System

100
Sub-Total
2025
1980

Monitor

Asus VN247H-P 23.6" 1920x1080

160
Total
2185
2140

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