How we built one of the most powerful DIY gaming PCs you can buy today

PCWorld’s celebrating the no-holds-barred spirit of glorious PC gaming excess all week long, and this build represents the epitome of that. Over the coming days, we’ll publish additional build guides focused on Intel’s Devils Canyon processor (and its ridonkulous 4GHz clock speeds) and the beastliest AMD rig imaginable. But this one’s focused on creating one of the most powerful PCs money can buy, cornerstoned by Nvidia’s flagship GTX 980 and Intel’s octa-core Core i7-5960X—the most audacious consumer processor in the world.

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Funantic11453d ago

Wow that's a powerful PC. I have a 980 graphics card myself but his motherboard and processor is way better than mine.

Macdaddy711453d ago

Must be nice to spend someone's else Money!!! If my work paid for my gaming I would build a beast pc also!!!!
What do you really have over a ps4 or X1??? Nothing,.. Now they will test games with settings max out n claim pc gaming the only way to go, but won't tell the reader it's reviewed on a $4000.00 system, n the reader will run out buy a $500.00 pc and be upset when the game don't look as good

LightofDarkness1453d ago

You've not read many PC gaming reviews, have you? It's very obvious you haven't a clue what you're talking about, and it's best people just ignore your input on any thing PC gaming related.

Somebody1453d ago

Then that particular reader is a chump(do I dare ask whether it was you?).

Most PC games reviews will tell or at least hinted at readers on what kind PC setup they are reviewing the game on. Looking at the title of the article alone tells me they are building an expensive PC and reading further will alert any discerning reader of the cost involved.

In fact the article listed all the components and their prices. How can any reader miss that part and go out rushing to buy a $500 PC instead?

LightofDarkness1453d ago (Edited 1453d ago )

Funny, this guy spent about $3500, while my machine costs about $1150 and would obtain about 20-30% higher framerates because I have SLI 970s. Most games are not CPU bound, meaning a $999 Octa-core Haswell-E processor isn't really going to do much more than a quad-core from the last two years for your framerates. And why slap on a pricey after-market cooler to your CPU if you're not overclocking? More over, why go x99 if you're not going tri/quad-SLI? That's the big advantage of these boards: they have 4 full bandwidth PCI-E 3.0 lanes to play with. This CPU and platform with a single card (particularly one whose memory bandwidth is bottlenecked @ 256-bit) is completely overkill.

Just so people are aware, you could spend far less for similar gaming performance. And while the amount this guy spent may be impressive, his choice of components is far less so, and so are his results.

dredgewalker1453d ago

Agreed, even an i3 give a good performance on most games. An 8 core is still unnecessary given that very few games are optimized to use all 8 cores. The best does not simply mean having the most expensive parts.

Ace Killa 081453d ago

Unless the guy will be playing Crisis, rendering, streaming, virus scan and other processor intensive programs that $999 processor just went to waste. An i7 can be more than enough for all these tasks and also an i5 for just gaming.

WheatBread1453d ago (Edited 1453d ago )

This is overkill for a gaming pc because you can get the same results and use a lot less power with a $1000-$1200 pc.

FlameWater1453d ago

Very nice but cringe worthy cooler. It's like putting seat covers on a Ferrari

n1kki61453d ago (Edited 1453d ago )

I have that cooler. I like it. The fans are not the most attractive but for the money it works great. I got mine on sale for $80.

I'm guessing that corsair gave them the cooler for free pub.

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