OC3D Recommended System Builds
If you wondered why we lauded the setup on the previous page so highly, then a glance at the total price of our Extreme system will answer those questions. This is three times the price of that, at a whopping £2959.30. Of course when it comes to a money-no-object system it would be easy to just talk about a i7-3960X, SLI GTX Titans etc, but we wanted to produce something realistic. Expensive, high-end, but not just throwing money at something which is either overpriced or will quickly become obsolete, such is the ridiculous pace of PC hardware development.
|Product||Price (with link)|
|ASUS Rampage IV Extreme||£334.80|
|Intel Core i7-3930K||£443.99|
|2x Club3D HD7970 Royal Ace in Crossfire||£754.88|
|16GB Corsair Dominator Platinum 2400MHz||£206.80|
|2x Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB SSD in RAID0||£373.60|
|XSPC Raystorm D5 RX||£289.68|
|Corsair Obsidian 900D||£299.99|
So, relatively speaking, this is a mild specification, but still brutal in its clawhammer to an eggshell performance. The combination of a i7-3930K, the best value of the LGA2011 processors, and the ASUS Rampage IV Extreme gives us a serious platform. When you add in two overclocked Club3D HD7970s, 480GBs of RAID0 Corsair SSD and 16GB of gorgeous Corsair Dominator Platinum RAM, it will eat anything you throw at it. Wrap all that up in an XSPC watercooling kit and a Corsair 900D case, and you have a system that dreams are made of. Athena is the Greek goddess of wisdom, war, the arts, industry, justice and skill. Considering how well-rounded this system is we felt it was appropriate.
We hope you've enjoyed our look at three systems that all provide excellent value for money, and would be things we'd happily buy ourselves with our own money.
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