If you’re planning to build an outrageously high-end gaming rig, then it better be future-proofed, so that any component within the box doesn’t get outdated too soon. The Intel Sandy Bridge platform was received quite well by both hardcore gamers and overclockers alike. And the latest Ivy Bridge platform, along with the latest generation AMD and Nvidia graphics processors have pushed performance to a new level. So, like each time when a new platform arrives, this time, too you have more headroom for overclocking, blazing data transfer rates and ultra-smooth game play with eye candy completely maxed out.
Mid-range gaming PCs stutter when games are run with ultra-high quality graphics and multiple resource hungry applications are thrown at them. But high-end PCs can gobble it all with ease and that too with some resources to spare. However, all that comes at a premium. So, is it really worth spending more than a lakh and a half to build a super high-end rig? Well, if you can actually use up all that power, then Hell Yeah!
Ivy Bridge is currently one of best CPUs in the market
CPU – Intel Core i7-3770K – 3.5 GHz (Rs.20,000)
This one's the most powerful Ivy Bridge processor you can buy. It's runs at a stock speed of 3.5GHz and the highest Turbo Boost speed it can attain is 3.9 GHz. Being an unlocked model, it's extremely overclock-friendly. Use a good cooler and you'll be able to push it to over 5 GHz!
Motherboard – Asus P8Z77-V PRO – Intel Z77 (Rs.16,200)
The Intel Z77 chipset is the best you can combine with an Ivy Bridge processor. You get native USB 3.0 ports, support for PCIE 3.0 and overclocking suppot among many other features. The Asus P8Z77-V Pro is a full ATX board featuring a good blend of expansion slots, excellent layout, and on-board Wi-Fi adapter.
RAM – Corsair Vengeance 8 GB – DDR3-2133 (Rs.6,550)
8GB of RAM is the least you should consider when building a high-end gaming rig. The Ivy Bridge platform officially supports DDR3 speeds up to 1600 MHz. With Corsair Vengeance, you can push the memory speed up to 2133 MHz without worrying about the chips overheating.
SSD – Corsair Force GT – 120 GB (Rs.9,300)
A combination of a hard drive and an SSD is most ideal for a high-end gaming rig. So we suggest you use a good SandForce controller-driven SSD with SATA 6 GB/s interface, such as athe Corsair Force GT. 120GB should be enough to accommodate the operating system, applications and a couple of games. Read speed above 450 MB/s guaranteed!
An excellent choice
HDD – Seagate Barracuda – 1 TB (Rs.5,300)
With the hard drive prices going through the roof because of the floods in Thailand, a standard 1 TB hard drive is the best bet both price-wise and capacity-wise. Use it as a secondary drive to store everything else besides the operating system, applications and games.
Graphics Card – ZOTAC GeForce GTX 680 – 2 GB (Rs.32,999)
With three times the amount of stream processors that the GTX 580 had, the GeForce GTX 680 is the fastest single-GPU graphics card. It's way more powerful than the Radeon HD 6970 and cheaper, too. We recommend ZOTAC mainly because you get additional 3 years of extended warranty over 2 years.
The best of the lot
Optical Drive – Sony BD-5300S – 12x Blu-ray Writer (Rs.11,000)
If you're a movie buff, you owe yourself a Blu-ray drive. In addition to playing Blu-ray titles, the Sony BD-5300S also allows burning data to Blu-ray media – a good means to backup your data as a single-layered disc can store up to 25GB and a dual-layer can hold up to twice the amount.
Display – Asus PA238Q – 23-inch IPS (Rs.17,100)
The Asus Pro Art PA238Q is a 23-inch display featuring and IPS panel. As per our lab tests, this is one of the best models you can buy.
Keyboard – Razer Blackwidow Expert (Rs.4,050)
It's worth investing in high-quality input devices – they offer ergnomic design for strain-free use, they look awesome and they last pretty long. Blackwidow Expert is a mechanical keyboard designed for gaming. Superior tactility and the ability to record macros on-the-fly and switch between 10 profiles is a blessing for gamers.
Mouse – Razer DeathAdder (Rs.2,375)
The DeathAdder is what you should buy, if you want a good gaming mouse without burning a hole in your wallet. It's ergonomically designed to provide comfort and precision for extended gameplay. This mouse is available in both left and right-hand designs.
Spealers – Creative Gigaworks T3 – 2.1 stereo (Rs.15,650)
The Creative Gigaworks T3 has been around for quite a while and it's the best 2.1-stereo speaker system in the market. The size of the satellites and the sub-woofer is quite deceiving for the kind of volume level it can belt out. And the sound quality is pristine, which makes it great for all genres of music and gaming as well.
PC Cabinet – NZXT Phantom 410 (Rs.6,250)
The NZXT Phantom 410 is a younger sibling to the Phantom with a smaller form. Available in white, red and black colors, this cabinet looks funky with transparent panels and a unique design. You get 120 mm LED fans (front and top) and provision for adding a radiator – perfect for gaming PCs and overclocked rigs.
Stable an capable
Power Supply – Corsair 750TX – 750 Watts (Rs.6,500)
A 750 watt power supply should be sufficient to keep the GTX 680 and other components happy. The 80 Plus certified Corsair 750 TX belonging to the Enthusiast series comes at a great price and with a 5-year warranty.
Operating System – Windows 7 Home Premium (Rs.6,200)
Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate or Linux. It's a personal choice. Windows 8 should be available after a few months.
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