As we all geeks know, the computer technology develops rapidly and a computer's performance generally doubles every 18'th month or so. And now when we have entered the year 2013, we will get even better performing CPUs, RAM memory, graphic cards, hard drives and such things than we had in 2012. But that's in the future. Right now we live in the moment (unfortunately), and therefore, we at AwesomeGeekStuff.com have worked out a list with components that let you build one of the best gaming PCs that you can build at the moment (the components we've picked are based on customer reviews, price, performance and awesomeness)!
Are you ready? Well, here it comes!:
Computer Case: Cooler Master HAF X Full Tower
The Cooler Master HAF X Full Tower computer case is an awesome looking top-rated computer case with a front that looks like something out of Star Wars that Darth Vader would have used. This case is 100% designed for true hardcore gamers and you can easily dock your SATA components without removing the side panel and it even has a air duct that help cooling down your graphic card.
The case comes fully equipped with fans, lights and panels. NB! Power supply isn't included.
You'll be able to fit a lot inside this beast!
Motherboard alternative 1 (LGA 1155): ASUS Maximus V EXTREME
The ASUS Maximus V EXTREME motherboard is mainly built for the hardcore overclockers out there and features a lot of fun if you're serious about overclocking!
This monster supports and features:
- 4-Way SLI/CrossFireX
- Dual X16
- PCI Express 3.0
- ROG Connect
- mPCI express Combo
- Ultra-fast transfer rates
- 4 RAM slots
- 4 PCI express slots
This particular ASUS Maximus V EXTREME features intel's Z77 chipset and supports LGA 1155 CPUs.
With this motherboard you can easily overclock a regular i7 3770K CPU to 4.5 GHz!
Motherboard alternative 2 (LGA 1366): EVGA 270-WS-W555-A2 Classified SR-2 Dual LGA 1366 Motherboard
This is the overclocker's dream! If you want a high-end, high-performing gaming PC, you should go for this motherboard in addition to the Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition processor. If you can afford it of course.
This motherboard features:
- Dual 1366 socket wich means you can put two CPUs on the motherboard! The Dual Socket support applies only for Intel Xeon processors and NOT core i7 processors
- Support for both Intel Core i7 and Intel Xeon processors with the LGA 1366 socket
- 4-way SLI support
- 12 x 240-pin DIMM sockets
- Maximum of 48GB of DDR3 RAM memory 1333MHz+
- 6 SATA2 ports
- RAID 0,1,5,10 and JBOD
- 2 SATA3 ports
- 2 eSATA ports
- Realtek 8-channel HD audio
- 10 USB 2.0 ports
- 2 USB 3.0 ports
- 1 PS/2 port
- 2 RJ45 LAN ports
- And audio jacks
The EVGA 270-WS-W555-A2 Classified SR-2 Dual LGA 1366 Motherboard features Intel's 5520 & ICH10R chipset and supports LGA 1366 CPUs.
If you're going to have a serious gaming computer you also need a serious power supply (PSU) that delivers enough power for all the components. So therefore, we strongly recommend you to have a PSU that delivers at least 1,200W (1,2KW). This is especially important if you're going to use multiple graphic cards (SLI/CrossFireX) because graphic cards are the components that uses most power.
CPU Alternative 1 (LGA 1155, cheap): Intel Core i7-3770K Quad-Core Processor 3.5 GHz 8 MB Cache LGA 1155
This powerful 3.5Ghz intel Core i7 processor (CPU) with four cores, 8 MB L3 cache and two 32GB memory channels are suited for the gamer that are on a budget and don't want to invest too much in the CPU. It's not the most "extreme" CPU out there, but it's very good and it can handle any games! You've may heard that the CPU aren't so important if you're going to use your computer for gaming, and that's pretty much correct because it's the graphic card's own processor, the GPU, that performs the graphical calculations. But the processor is to a certain degree important too, and now as processors have become as cheap as they are, why not go for a proper one at the same time as you're going to build a proper gaming computer?
This CPU has the LGA 1155 socket and fits on the "Motherboard alternative 1 (LGA 1155): ASUS Maximus V EXTREME"
And with the ASUS Maximus V EXTREME motherboard and proper cooling, you'll have no problem clocking this CPU to 4.5Ghz!
CPU Alternative 2 (LGA 1366, expensive & extreme!): Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition Processor 3.33 GHz 12 MB Cache Socket LGA1366
This is the "extreme" version of Intel's popular Core i7 processor. And it delivers! The Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition have 6 cores, 12 Hyper-Threading threads, 3 channel DDR3 memory and 3.33GHz clock speed with Intel's own "turbo boost" that can speed it up to 3.6GHz. Something that gives it amazing performance! If you want to go serious and build the most awesome gaming pc you can build for the moment, you have to include this processor among the other components on your list!
This CPU has the LGA 1366 socket and fits on the "Motherboard alternative 2 (LGA 1366): EVGA 270-WS-W555-A2 Classified SR-2 Dual LGA 1366 Motherboard"
Liquid CPU cooling is strongly recommended if you're going to use this processor!
CPU Cooling: Antec Kuhler H2O 620/920 Liquid CPU Cooler System
If you're going to overclock your processor (CPU), you need a proper CPU cooler and no CPU coolers are more effective as the liquid CPU coolers. And the Antec Kuhler H2O 620/920 Liquid CPU Cooler System is no exception! This high-rated liquid CPU cooler system comes in two different sizes (620 & 920) and both fits to LGA 1155 & LGA 1366 processors. NB! Remember Thermal Compound Paste and Non-Conductive Cooling Fluid.
Graphic Card: EVGA GeForce GTX670 FTW 2048MB GDDR5 256bit 4-Way SLI
If you want a high-end high-performing graphic card that can run any new game on the highest graphic settings without any problems, you should go for the EVGA GeForce GTX670. This card will also give you the best value for your money when you're choosing graphic cards from the GTX 600 series!
And because both the motherboard we've selected and the EVGA GeForce GTX670 supports 4-Way SLI, you can plug up to 4 of these monsters to the motherboard to get even more insane graphic performance! But if you choose to run a 4-Way SLI option, you should have a very powerful power supply and we're not sure if the 1,200W PSU we've chosen is able to run 4 of these cards in addition to all the other components. So we recommend you to not have more than 2 of these graphic cards if you choose a SLI option in addition to the PC Power and Cooling Turbo Cool 1200W Server-grade High Performance SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply. And besides that, you won't notice any differences between a 2-way and a 4-way SLI option.
Like all the other Corsair Dominator memory modules, these four 2400MHz RAM memory chips deliver high performance and stability. They do also have awesome design and LED lighting effects.
32 GB of RAM memory should be enough for many years to come!
SSD (Solid-State Drive): Crucial m4 512GB 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s
A Solid-State Drive is a data storage device that uses flash memory instead of mechanical/magnetic discs to store data. This means that they are incredible fast compared to regular hard drives.
The Crucial m4 512GB 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive can read 6Gb per second and therefore we recommend you to have at least one of these drives as a main drive where your OS is installed to increase the startup speed.
Hard Drive/Drives for "Mass Storage": Western Digital Red 3 TB NAS Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, SATA III, 64 MB Cache
SSDs' are currently expensive compared to regular hard drives so if you don't have the cash for terabytes of SSDs', you can just as well go for regular hard drives. They are slower, but a lot cheaper! And with the Western Digital 3TB 3.5" SATA III Hard Drive, you'll get a lot for the money.
3TB is enough for a lot of games, movies and music. But you can fine have 2-3 of these because they will rapidly be filled up with data.
The sound is half the gaming experience they say. And that's pretty much correct. So to get a full game experience, we stronly recommend you to use a sound card. Therefore, we've chosen this Creative Sound Blaster sound card as one of the top sound cards for gaming.
It features Dolby Digital Live 5.1 surround, Crystal Voice, THX TruStudio PRO, Sound Core 3D & much more!
BluRay/DVD/CD Drive: LG Electronics 14x Internal BDXL Blu-Ray Burner Rewriter
The good old DVD & CD reader/burner starts to get outdated because of the BluRay format which is becoming more and more common. So therefore, we recommend you to get a reader/burner that support all the formats BluRay, DVD and CD.
The Monitor: LG Electronics IPS237L-BN 23-Inch LED Monitor
This is something that's very individual. Some prefer a large TV screen (like 52"), others prefer projectors while others prefer conventional LCD or LED computer monitors.
But if you prefer these conventional LCD or LED computer monitors, we would recommend you to get 3 monitors that supports the 1920x1080 resolution so you can have a multimonitor setup for the ultimate gaming experience. So therefore it's important that the monitors are of the same brand and model, and that they have as tiny frame as possible.
Something else that's important when it comes to gaming and selection of PC monitors is the response time. Because you want your monitor to respond as quick as possible when you're bombarding your enemies with bullets, right?
The LG Electronics IPS237L-BN 23-Inch LED Monitor have it all! Tiny frame, fast response time, excellent contrast, 1920x1080 support, etc. So if you're going to buy a LED computer monitor in 2013, we would strongly recommend this one!
Well, there you have it. This is all the components you need in order to build your own awesome gaming PC and probably one of the best gaming PCs you can build at the moment.
But if you don't want to build one by yourself, you can always buy one that's pre-built:
Whatever you choose, you must remember a good gaming keyboard, a comfortable gaming mouse and a good headset for a great gaming experience. Happy gaming!