Make A Super Charged PC

10/25/2012 3:51:24 PM

Anyone can stroll into an Apple Store and drop a month’s wages on a Mac Pro – but only the Geek Elite can build something better, for less… *


Building a PC without a case is like baking a pie without pastry – messy and pointless. Our PC pastry of choice is the Corsair 600T ($225.5, it comes with plenty of expansion room and two 200mm fans to keep things cool. A dial on top will boost the fans if you’re really crunching pixels.

Motherboard & CPU

Description: quad-core Intel i7 3770K processor

The brains of our binary-busting monster are a 3.5GHz, quad-core Intel i7 3770K processor and DZ77GA-70K motherboard ($402.9 and $314, That processor sits near the top of the Ivy Bridge hierarchy, so throw in a CPU cooler too. Noctua’s mighty dual-fan NH-D14 ($104.9, should do it.


Description: GeForce GTX 690

When it comes to graphics, don’t accept half measures. NVIDIA’s frankly ridiculous GeForce GTX 690 ($1417.5, is the fastest card ever made. With dual GPUs and 4GB of onboard RAM it’s a bit like jamming two nuclear-powered PS3s into a silicon sandwich. No wonder the cooling, fan’s the size of your face.


Pairing two separate types of storage gets you the best of both worlds. Windows 7, games and anything that needs to run quickly are loaded on to a 128GB Crucial M4 SSD ($128.9, A more capacious, slower 1TB Seagate Barrucuda HDD ($104.5, handles movies, music and photos.


Want your PC to multitask like a workaholic octopus with a lengthy to-do list? You’ll want to pack it with a shedload of Ram. We’ve gone for 16GB of Crucial’s Ballistix Smart Tracer DDR3 Ram (complete with blue LEDs, $250,, which should keep things running smoother than a butter-slathered otter.


Of course, without a power supply you might as well fill the case with hair. Corsair’s TX750M power supply ($145, delivers 750W of juice and has a modular system that allows you to remove any cables you don’t need. After all, with that big window on the side of the case, you’ll want it all looking neat and tidy.

Description: Grand total $ 3011

Grand total $ 3011

Built it? Now add these

Hazro HZ30Wi


From $886 |

This 30in, 2560 x 1600 IPS monitor has a mighty 1780 viewing angle, while a 1000:1 contrast ratio makes it great for video and photo editing. A 6ms response time isn’t had, but hardcore gamers may want more.


$free |

This zombie survival MMO might not test the graphics to their limits, but DayZ is the hottest game around. It’s a mod for ArmA II: Combined Operations, available on Steam for $40

Samsung SH-B123L

Description: Samsung SH-B123L

$88.5 |

With most software and games available to download, an optical drive is no longer essential – but they do make it easier to install your OS. They’re also cheaps as chips, as this 12x Blue-ray drive proves.


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