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Gaming PC - August 2012
This computer system is specifically geared towards gaming. That means a PC with a high-end graphics card and a processor that is fast enough to support the GPU.
The rest of the configuration needs to be balanced as well. Since many gamers also enjoy overclocking their PC to improve performance, it is also important to choose a motherboard and memory that is suitable for this. Keep in mind that you will pay extra for that overclocking potential.
Having the right accessories is also important. The goal of our gaming PC is to be able to run virtually all new PC titles on the highest settings. That means high resolution, high graphics quality, a good frame rate, and surround sound. And let’s not forget a good gaming mouse and a decent keyboard with features to enhance your PC gaming experience.
A dedicated gaming PC is pretty expensive, but we try to make sure that our recommended system isn't over-the-top.
Please note: the PC Buyer’s Guide is compiled based on independent component tests performed by Hardware.Info. If no new, superior products are released that should replace one or more of the components, then the component(s) will remain the same as the previous month.
If you want to know more about how we compile our PC Buying guides, have a look at this article.
|Processors||Intel Core i5 3570K||£191.05|
|Memory modules||G.Skill Ares 8GB DDR3-1866 CL9 kit||£76.56|
|CPU coolers||Scythe Mugen 2 Rev. B||-|
|Motherboards||ASRock Z77 Extreme4||£114.71|
|Graphics cards||ASUS GTX670-DC2T-2GD5||£382.95|
|Hard disks/SSDs||Corsair Accelerator 30GB||£66.52|
|Hard disks/SSDs||Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 2TB (SATA3)||£133.09|
|Optical drives||Lite-On iHAS524||£20.01|
|Cases||Antec Eleven Hundred||£100.34|
|Power supplies||Antec HCG-620 High Current Gamer 620W||£71.80|
|Keyboards||Corsair Vengeance K90||£106.94|
|Mice||Corsair Vengeance M90||£60.24|
|Mouse pads||Razer Goliathus Fragged Alpha Control||£21.19|
|PC speaker sets||Creative Inspire T6160||£60.11|
|Monitors||Samsung SyncMaster S24B350H||£161.08|
|Headsets||Creative Tactic 3D Sigma||£68.14|
|Add as wish list||Average total price:||£1,634.73|