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Rather than buying your core components individually, why not see if you can find some bundles for less? These kits contain a chip, some RAM and a motherboard, and they may even be pre-overclocked. Utopia Computers (www.utopiacomputers.co.uk) and OCUK (www.overclocks.co.uk) both have some great deals running at the moment, suiting both value oriented and enthusiast-grade PC systems!

 

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The best for less?

Although the PC we used for our step-by-step guide is undeniably powerful, you can get a system that’s going to be almost as fast for nearly $1,500 less, even when playing the latest games. The six-cored chip is an unnecessary luxury when most applications fail to use more than two cores and you can get just as much performance from the cheaper and more overclockable i5 2500K. The Asus P9X79 Pro is a great board, but its key next-generation features like USB 3.0 and 6Gbps SATA are also provided by the ASRock Z68 Pro 3 Gen 3 for a fraction of the price. 16GB of RAM only provides extra performance for those that regularly need more than 8GB and a PNY GTX 560 Ti is arguably the best bang-for-buck video card on the market right now. Lovely though the Fractal Design Define R3 case is, $120 is a lot to spend on a chassis when a still-good Cooler Master chassis can be had for less than half the price.

So how much does spending two and a half times as much on your PC get you in terms of actual performance benefits? Sysmark 2007 may not paint the six-cored chip in the most flattering light, but it is quite representative of what many of us use our systems for on a day-to-day basis; the difference here is only 9%. In our gaming tests the GTX 580 flexes its muscles over the GTX 560 Ti but still the differences are relatively slight, with a maximum difference of 35% and an average across our four games being a more subtle 24%. Considering the saving of nearly $1,500, we’re pretty amazed at the small subjective differences in performance between the two rigs!

Original Spec (Prices from Overclockers UK)

Our Spec (Prices from Overclockers UK)

Intel Core i7 3930K CPU @ 4.4GHz

$750

Intel Core i5 2500K @ 4.8GHz

$250

Asus P9X79 Pro X79 Motherboard

$340

ASRock Z68 Pro3 Motherboard

$125

Thermolab Trinity Cooler

$55

Arctic Freezer 7 Pro Cooler

$25

16GB Corsair PC2-12800 RAM

$120

8GB Corsair PC2-10666 RAM

$55

PNY GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB GPU

$525

PNY GeForce GTX 560Ti 1GB GPU

$260

Fractal Design Define R3 Case

$120

Cooler Master Elite 370 Case

$55

Corsair TX 750W PSU

$150

Corsair 500W PSU

$60

Samsung Blu Ray Drive

$70

Sony 24x DVD-RW Drive

$20

120GB Corsair Force 3 SSD & 1TB HDD

$325

1TB Samsung HDD

$130

 

 

 

 

Grand total

$2,455

 

$980

 

 

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Ultimate PC Spec

Affordable PC Spec

% difference

Sysmark 2007

288

265

9%

Crysis Warhead

58 fps

46fps

26%

Stalker Call of Pripyat

65fps

48fps

35%

F1 2010

110fps

92fps

19%

Mass Effect 2

98fps

82fps

19%

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