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Best Configs Return, Powered By Tom's Hardware Forums

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A few months back, we introduced a feature called Best Configs, which included nine systems with components chosen by the Tom's Hardware staff. After considering your feedback on this new section, we're giving the community control over the picks!

Greetings Guys And Gals,

Best Configs is making a return, and this time, we want to feature your top picks for each of our nine configurations!

First, a little bit of background. The Best Configs feature first surfaced on Tom’s Hardware FR, consisting of monthly updates to 13 different builds with parts picked by the staff. We introduced a similar feature on Tom’s Hardware US and ran through a couple of different iterations. I followed the feedback on those carefully, and noticed that there were already very compelling configurations being posted to our forums by dedicated members of the community.

Rather than compete with those folks, I thought it’d be much more interesting to work with them, building the Best Configs section back up, but this time using your component recommendations.

Here’s how it works: we have nine sticky threads going in the forums, under the New Build category. If you see a configuration to which you’d like to contribute, we invite you to submit it. If you’d like to add a completely new configuration, feel free to post your idea here, and we’ll consider it for next month’s update.

At the end of three weeks, we’ll pick our five favorite recommendations in each thread and let you vote on them. The top build will become that month’s Best Config. We’ll lay it out on a new section featured on the front page of Tom’s Hardware, give you credit for the build, and make sure it’s accessible for the whole month before starting all over again.

In this way, Best Configs will be powered by our knowledgeable community. We’ll make sure to add system classifications that are currently missing, and I’ll get to work more closely with you—something I’ve been anxious to see happen for two years now.

The following are direct links to each of the existing nine builds:

Budget Intel-Based Gaming PC
Budget AMD-Based Gaming PC
High-End Intel Gaming PC
Intel-Based Office PC
High-End AMD Gaming PC
MicroATX Gaming Build
Home Theater PC
High-End Workstation
AMD-Based Office PC

See you in the forums!

Chris Angelini
Managing Editor, Tom’s Hardware US

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    Anonymous , 31 August 2010 06:53
    It would have been nice if there was a "Budget workstation" build. I believe theres a number of people who would be interested in reading the suggestions for that including myself.
    Kind regards.
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    swamprat , 31 August 2010 23:32
    If someone went through the most popular configurations and researched the prices in different countries it would be rather interesting - currently differences in pricing and availability might mean that what's listed as a good system for $1k might not be a good system at £1k (it might, I've no idea).
    I don't imagine that happening though since it tends not to happen even with the main articles on the 'non-US' sites...