Today we piece together a $1300 US gaming system featuring a 22” Acer LCD and a highly overclockable processor and motherboard combination. The performance results are impressive and through overclocking we have been able to boost performance by more than 20%. With plenty of storage space, memory and a GeForce 8800 GTS (640MB) graphics card, our mid-range system offers gamers a serious bang for their buck!
For $1300 US this is an impressive mid-range gaming system that uses quality components. The motherboard, memory and processor are highly recommended for this build. The rest of the hardware can be modified to save money, but we again recommend you use the selected components, particularly the graphics card. The case, power supply, keyboard/mouse and monitor are not as important, but they do help balance the package. For example, if you were to drop the LCD down to a 19” version, then it would make sense to also reduce the GeForce 8800 GTS from a 640MB to a 320MB graphics card.