OC3D Recommended Systems - Q4 2013

High End 3500

OC3D Recommended Systems - October 2013

High-End

Deciding upon an extreme specification is always the hardest part. Anyone could just throw money at the problem until they had a specification bloated with high-end, super expensive hardware. That's all well and good if you've recently won the lottery, but hardware changes so quickly that you would be out of date by the time it all arrived. What we want is to certainly have a system with incredible amounts of performance, but one that would also make sense. You want someone to look through your specification and nod appreciatively, not just assume you are rich and brought the best of everything.

Compared to our previous Athena system this one has the biggest changes of our updated list. We've changed the LGA2011 motherboard in preparation for the next batch, and gone too are the HD7970 Crossfire cards. So what have we got this time?

If you're looking at the top end you still need a hexcore CPU, and the Core i7-4930K is the one to beat. Couple this to two of the best graphics cards on earth, the GTX780, and you're already annihilating the performance of any other choice. With the storage we're sticking to our Neutron GTXs for the moment. Otherwise it's similar to our previous model. A good case and PSU will always be so, and there isn't anything yet to displace them. We love the low pricing of the Corsair Vengeance, and the heat-spreader beautifully matches our Black Edition Rampage IV Extreme. Just enough red to really shine against the sea of black. Finally we've got an additional 240 radiator to ensure that we have the maximum surface area and thus can keep our fans nice and quiet without affecting cooling performance.

So all in all you're getting a hugely powerful system for just a touch under £3400. Given that we've water-cooled our graphics cards as well this time it's obviously going to be more expensive than our air-cooled HD7970 setup from before. Sure it's expensive, but we don't think you'll need to upgrade for a long while.

HardwarePrice (with link)
Intel Core i7-4930K£457.83
ASUS Rampage IV Extreme Black Edition
£399.99
2x MSI GTX780£414 ea
2xXSPC GTX780 Waterblocks£94.99 ea
Corsair AX1200i £259.99
2x Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB£191.99 ea
16GB Corsair Vengeance Pro 2400MHz
£149.98
Corsair Obsidian 900D£299.99
XSPC Raystorm D5 AX360 & Photon Res£219.99
XSPC AX240 Radiator
£74.98


Corsair Obsidian 900D                                      ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition

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