Gaming PC - Cheapest High Performance Build

A Listmania! list by Christopher R. Dallalio "Dallalio" (Ruston, LA)
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The list author says: "Why build a cheap Gaming Rig that will only allow you to play games on the lowest settings. This build will let you play everything maxed out and use Intels new Sandy Bridge combo and Radeons new 6800 series graphics card. it cost a little more than your $550-$650 build but not by alot"
Cooler Master HAF 922 - Mid Tower Computer Case with High Airflow and USB 3.0
1.  Cooler Master HAF 922 - Mid Tower Computer Case with High Airflow and USB 3.0 by Cooler Master
The list author says:
  "The HAF 922 is a solid choice for a case excellent air flow and pretty big for a mid size case. you could opt for the HAF 932 but play $60 more for a case that's only 2 inches longer an inch short and an inch narrower. Nah not for me the lossing 2 inches on the 922 will still hold the biggest of graphics cards out there"
$117.57   Used & New from: $101.78
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (280 customer reviews)

Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750-Watt TX Series 80 Plus Certified Power Supply compatible with   Core i7 and Core i5
2.  Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750-Watt TX Series 80 Plus Certified Power Supply compatible with Core i7 and Core i5 by Corsair
The list author says:
  "this will be plenty of power to run your rig it will handle everything you can put on it it will even be able to handle the 6950's in a crossfire you could even drop down to the 650tx which goes for $90 if you watch on the 750tx it will drop to $100 so watch for that."
$89.00   Used & New from: $55.00
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (815 customer reviews)

ASUS P8P67-M PRO <REV 3.0> LGA 1155 SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 Supported Intel P67 DDR3 2200 Micro ATX Motherboard
3.  ASUS P8P67-M PRO LGA 1155 SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 Supported Intel P67 DDR3 2200 Micro ATX Motherboard by Asus
The list author says:
  "this will be your backbone here, and it will do just fine it's rocking the new LGA 1155 socket giving us access to the new sandy bridge chips, and it gives the option to run crossfire. They also feature the new UEFI bios screen check it out."
Used & New from: $99.99
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Intel Core i5-2500K Quad-Core Processor 3.3 GHz 6 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80623I52500K
4.  Intel Core i5-2500K Quad-Core Processor 3.3 GHz 6 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80623I52500K by Intel
The list author says:
  "This is what we gonna sit on that new Asus mobo already boasting 3.3 giga-hurtin power and can be overclocked to more than we will ever need."
$172.00   Used & New from: $159.69
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (199 customer reviews)

Corsair XMS3 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory (CMX4GX3M2A1600C9)
5.  Corsair XMS3 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory (CMX4GX3M2A1600C9) by Corsair
The list author says:
  "their still aren't many things that will ever need more than 4 gigs of ram your more than welcome to upgrade to 6 or even 8 but 4 is plenty for me and saves me some money"
$59.29   Used & New from: $34.95
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)

HIS Radeon HD 6950 2 GB (256bit) GDDR5 Eyefinity 2x Mini-DisplayPort HDMI 2x DVI (HDCP) PCI Express X16 2.1 Video Card Retail (RoHS) H695F2G2M
6.  HIS Radeon HD 6950 2 GB (256bit) GDDR5 Eyefinity 2x Mini-DisplayPort HDMI 2x DVI (HDCP) PCI Express X16 2.1 Video Card Retail (RoHS) H695F2G2M by HIS
The list author says:
  "HIS has the best Radeon 6950 performance wise its not as good as the sapphire on wattage (HIS pulling around 130 watts) nor does it have the cool decal on it. while it won't look as good in the case wait till you see her performance on screen"
Out of stock
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

Western Digital 640 GB Caviar Black SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 RPM 32 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD6401AALS
7.  Western Digital 640 GB Caviar Black SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 RPM 32 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD6401AALS by Western Digital
The list author says:
  "this is a nice start 640 gigs is alot either way you flip it plus being a Western Digital Black you get the 7200 rpm pretty quick. you can get a separate SSD drive to but you OS on but that's to deep for my pockets"
Out of stock
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (499 customer reviews)

Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 - Retail (Black)
8.  Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 - Retail (Black) by Lite-On
The list author says:
  "All you'll ever need unless you want a Blu-ray drive"
Used & New from: $60.00
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (444 customer reviews)

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Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heat Pipes (RR-B10-212P-G1)
9.  Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heat Pipes (RR-B10-212P-G1) by Cooler Master
The list author says:
  "this will keep the i5 cool and help with airflow you could upgrade to the Cooler Master V6 or V8 it that floats your boat"
$35.90   Used & New from: $19.00
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (996 customer reviews)

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Christopher R. Dallalio "Dallalio" (Ruston, LA)
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Last updated: 4/5/11
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