OC3D Recommended System Builds
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.
|Product||Price (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|
|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.