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06-09-2013, 10:14 PM
Benny Lava
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Originally Posted by SniperHF View Post
For the most part I don't make the lists with absolute performance in mind. I want a solid base for expandability that will last. I also take in to account PSU degradation, potential new GPU releases taking more power, and buffer space for random stuff someone might do. Basically I pick them how I would build them.

For example, if I were to build a $1000 machine for absolute maximum gaming performance I wouldn't even do a Haswell build. Probably drop it down to Ivy Bridge,and figure out a way to jam in there a $400 GPU. Like this:
You'd lose out on quite a bit of CPU power though. The midrange build with an XT gives you the best of both worlds without overpaying for an unnecessary PSU.

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