Rig Builder – May 2012 (Part 3)

6/4/2012 5:31:39 PM

Mainstream: $1,432.5

Description: Mainstream

You don’t have to spend a fortune to get a stunning rig.

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Pro3: $124.5

Description: ASRock Z68 Pro3

You don’t have to spend a fortune to pick up Intel’s latest Z68 chipset. This ASRock may only have a single graphics slot, but it offers serious performance.

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K: $255

Description: Intel Core i5 2500K

Intel’s Sandy Bridge may have been launched more than a year ago now, but the Core i5 still wows us in every round-up. Stunning value, great performance. Brilliant.

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB: $67.5

Description: Corsair Vengeance 8GB

This pair of 4GB sticks will give you all the performance you could ever want at a price that’s easy to swallow. It’ll only take up two slots in the board allowing for future upgrades too.

Graphics card: XFX Radeon HD 6950 2GB: $306

Description: Radeon HD 6950 2GB

The Radeon HD 6950 is a serious slice of gaming graphics prowess at a game-changing price. This is currently the card that all others are judged against.

Storage: OCZ Agility 360GB: $121.5

Description: OCZ Agility 360GB

Prices continue to tumble at this end of SDD market, and less than a ton will get you a 60GB drive to play with. Grab a 1TB HDD for $60 while you’re buying kit.

Power supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro: $60

Description: OCZ ModXStream Pro

If you want to build a performance machine, you’re going to need a powerful PSU. This 500W baby will power this rig with extra to spare. It’s quiet, too.

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