This is a guide to building one seriously high-end machine. Most gamers don’t need this much power. This is for the multi-monitor gamers, the 1440p 120Hz gamers, the gamers who accept nothing less than maxed-out settings on even the most demanding games. Most of us don’t need this kind of power, but here is it for the building. My recommended high-end rig comes in at around Rs. 1,65000—not as insanely powerful or expensive as the X99 builds from Intel , but more than good enough to run demanding games for the next several years.
With this high-end rig, I took future-proofing and upgradability seriously. Want to add in a second (or third) graphics card for even more power? You can do that. Want more RAM or SSDs than we think you need? You’ve got space and ports to support them. Want to overclock your rig like crazy? The cooling has you covered.
Processor: Intel Core i7-4790KPrice Rs. 24000 here
While a Core i5-4690K will get the job done for most gaming, if you want to crush a hardcore CPU-intensive game like ARMA 3, the Core i7-4790K is the best choice. On top of a higher stock clock speed, the i7 also supports hyperthreading, which can improve performance in a limited number of games that benefit from multi-core processing.
There’s only one reason to get either of those more expenisve processors: PCIe lanes. The Core i7-4790K has only 16 PCIe lanes, which means it can support a single graphics card running at x16 speed, or two cards running at x8. To support three or four graphics cards, you need to step up to a Haswell-E processor with more PCIe lanes. But if you’re already planning a four-way SLI PC, you probably don’t need this buyer’s guide.
My high-end recommendation is designed around using one very powerful graphics card, with the potential of upgrading to a two-GPU SLI setup if you want the extra power. That just leaves one question: are you sacrificing performance by having two cards run at only x8 instead of x16? The answer is: No, not really.
Haswell-E CPUs and the X99 motherboards and DDR4 RAM that go along with them are simply more expensive than they’re worth for a single- or double-GPU system. That’s why, for our money, the Core i7-4790K is the best choice for a high-end CPU.
Motherboard: Asus Z97-PRO (Wi-Fi ac)Price Rs. 18050 here
Like a high-end CPU, a high-end motherboard could easily cost hundreds of dollars. The most expensive motherboards tend to pile on features that I don’t think are very important, even in a high-end gaming rig. That’s why at 18050/- I think the Asus Z97-Pro (Wi-Fi ac) is the right balance of features, performance, and price.
Not only you can over-clock the processor to 4.9Ghz without any hiccup but also the RAM is vulnerable to over-clocking techniques!
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X 2133 MHz DDR3 (8GB+8GB)Price Rs. 7500+7500 here
For my medium build, I recommended 1600Mhz-1866 MHz RAM, but for a high-end rig like this one, I think the extra speed (and faster memory timings) of 2133 MHz RAM is worth the upgrade. that’s why I’m recommending G.Skill’s excellently reviewed Ripjaws X Series memory, which, at Rs. 15000, is 16GB of speedy RAM at a good price.
Graphic Card: MSI GTX 980 4GB DDR5Price Rs. 48900 here
The GTX 980. It's the most powerful single-GPU card around short of the GTX Titan, which, at $1000, is too expensive for this sane high-end build. (Though, if you want to spend the money for a Titan, it's definitely a great card). But the GTX 980 is a great solution: fast enough to run games at 1440p with ease, fast enough to handle high refresh rates and ultra settings. Just as importantly, it's quiet and extremely power efficient—under full load, you're looking at less than 400 watts total system usage.
This build is created to support the option of a second GTX 980 in SLI, if you decide you want even more power down the road.
Power Supply Unit: Corsair RM1000 1000 Watts PSUPrice Rs. 12900 here
For a high-end gaming rig, a power supply should meet three criteria: reliable, modular (and thus pleasant to build with), and beefy enough to support a pair of powerful GPUs. The Corsair RM1000 checks all of those boxes. It has a five-star average on Newegg and is 80 Plus Gold certified, making it very efficient when drawing large amounts of power. And at 1000 watts, it can handle even a pair of power-hungry graphics cards.
Storage:Primary --- Samsung 840 EVO 500 GB SSD
Price Rs. 19990 here
Whether it booting up your system faster or loading the games quickly so that you don't have to waste time before jumping into the battlefield straight with all your guns blazing. The Samsun 840 EVO has enough of fast 500MB/sec of 500GB NAND storage die which compensates for no less than pefect and optimum I/O performance.
Secondary --- WD Caviar Green 3 TB
Price Rs. 7745 here
The Western Digital 3TB is a perfect match for this configuration as a secondary storage medium due to its large storage so that you never run out of space when storing your large full HD or soon to come 4K videos and large game setups that have been increasing in size especially seeing games like Battlefield Hardlines.
With 7200 rps its fast and reliable along with the green drive to ensure low power consumption and on sight warranty in India.
Cooler: Corsair H90Price Rs. 6940 here
For my mid-range builds, I recommended the great Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO air cooler. Air coolers really can keep your system just as cool as they need to be, even when they’re overclocked. But closed-loop liquid coolers pose one major advantage: they’re much better at getting your processor back down to idle temperatures very quickly. For an overclocked i7-4790K, that’s worth the extra money.
I recommend the Corsair H90 as an affordable, reliable liquid cooler that’s easy to install. It uses a single 140mm radiator, but still delivers great performance even stacked up against some 240mm radiators. In my review it maintained some really sweet temperatures and stayed as quiet as any cooler can be.
Cabinet:Price Rs. 12000-16000
For a build of this level and power you need to keep it in a full tower cabinet of perfect quality bot in terms of looks and performance. I suggest any of the following:
- Cooler Master HAF X
- Corsair Obsidian 750D
- NZXT Phantom 410
- Corsair Graphite 760T
- Corsair Vengeance C70