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Rocky - The Pound-for-Pound Champion

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Rocky - The Pound-for-Pound Champion

The high-midrange, where everyone is desperate to get the very finest hardware possible for a price they can afford, is the most cut and thrust sector of any market at all. What we wanted to do was put together something which would blow your doors off in real-terms. A specification that demonstrates that price doesn't always equate to performance.

The basis for our Pound-for-Pound Champion is the outstanding i5-3570K, a CPU that overclocks like a nutter and has great stock performance too. It's kept cool with a Corsair H100i, and the MSI GD65 Gaming is full of features that will be useful to everyone from hardcore fraggers to dedicated movie buffs. With the push-button overclock available there is no excuse not to get the most from the Intel CPU. The Kingston Predator RAM is blisteringly fast, looks fantastic, and has the backup of the excellent Kingston support. With a Club3D HD7950 Royal King, a HD7970 for £80 less, all of your games will look lovely and run smoothly. With the wonderful Samsung 840 Pro pushing it along everything will load quickly too. It's all held in our favourite sensibly-sized case, the NZXT Switch 810 which means this system is ripe for an easy custom watercooling upgrade if and when funds allow.

ProductPrice (with link)
Intel Core i5-3570K£166.79
MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming£151.01
8GB Kingston Predator 2400MHz£72.71
Club3D HD7950 Royal King£256.09
Corsair H100i£107.99
Corsair TX750M£92.36
Samsung 840 Pro 128GB£107.06
NZXT Switch 810£135.99


£1090 on the nose, which for a system with this much potential is an absolute bargain. Whilst it's always a balance between price and performance, this is the specification we'd recommend to anybody except the most well-heeled. Other models might be higher up the hardware range and therefore look better in your signature, but for blazing performance in every single task, at a price that wont leave you living on beans and noodles, this is the one. 

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22-05-2013, 06:09:10

Feronix
Hey Tom,

I visit this Dutch tech site where they do stuff like this monthly. I'm not asking you to do that, but since new hardware comes out all the time, maybe you guys can do this more often for those in need?

I personally think you left too big a gap between the first two though. You went from a 200r to a full tower, from a stock cooler to an H100i and from a low end card like the 650 Ti to a high-end 7950.

Other than that those are some nice builds.Quote

22-05-2013, 06:23:30

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Feronix View Post
Hey Tom,

I visit this Dutch tech site where they do stuff like this monthly. I'm not asking you to do that, but since new hardware comes out all the time, maybe you guys can do this more often for those in need?

I personally think you left too big a gap between the first two though. You went from a 200r to a full tower, from a stock cooler to an H100i and from a low end card like the 650 Ti to a high-end 7950.

Other than that those are some nice builds.

Plans are a big update each quarter matey, no doubt we will update this again in a month or so


I dont think we left a gap really, you can buy a lot with an extra £500. Youll notice even the cheap rig had an SSD but the point was with that CPU it wont get hot so that cooler wont be loud. End of the day you cant have everything when you have to stick to a set budget so we chose what we deemed to be most important. All the rigs were designed to be able to be upgraded Quote

22-05-2013, 06:27:13

Excalabur50
What a top idea well doneQuote

22-05-2013, 06:32:39

vorticalbox
can i ask why you picked the AMD A8-5600K over the FX-6300?Quote

22-05-2013, 06:36:35

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by vorticalbox View Post
can i ask why you picked the AMD A8-5600K over the FX-6300?
Price.Quote
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