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Athena

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Athena

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.

ProductPrice (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
Corsair AX1200i£255.56
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.

Let us know your thoughts in the OC3D Forums.

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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
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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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