The Ultimate Gaming Computer

Well, I've been an avid gamer for a long time. And an avid computer builder. While there are many great builds on the internet for great gaming PC's, this article is different. This is an article for those with a massive budget, or who are just curious about what is in the truly supreme gaming machine. Price was of no concern when I picked the items for this machine. Without a shadow of a doubt, this machine is the most powerful gaming machine commercially available as of Febuary 1st, 2008. Not even the best PC's on Alienware.com (the premier manufacturer of gaming PC's) can match this MONSTER!!

Motherboard:

ASUS Striker II Formula LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX ($349.99)

Well, I had a tough choice to make for the motherboard. Either I got the motherboard with DDR3 RAM capabilities (the FASTEST ram on the market today), or the motherboard that could handle 3-way SLI Video Cards. I chose the one that could handle the 3 video cards, since there is still superb DDR2 RAM on the market, but you can't replace not having a 3rd video card. That 3rd video card will allow you to maximize settings in every game out today without a single frame delayed.

QX9650 Yorkfield
QX9650 Yorkfield

The Processor

Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 Yorkfield 3.0GHz ($1,099.99)

The #1 Quad-Core processor from Intel out on the market today. This monster can be overclocked big time, and outscores any other processor to come in it's path in just about every field, from gaming to video editing to multi-tasking.

The Video Card(s)

(3x) EVGA 768-P2-N885-AR GeForce 8800Ultra($689.99 each)

3-way SLI Video card using GeForce 8800Ultra cards....wow. While some 1GB video cards DO exist, you can't do 3-way SLI with them, so 3x 786 MB > 2x 1GB.

The Memory (RAM)

(2x) G.Skill DDR2-1066 4GB (2x 2GB) ($600 each estimated)

These babies were *JUST* released a few days ago so nobody has them on their website yet. Price estimations are around $600 each.

With a total of 8 GB of powerful DDR2-1066 memory and a reliable company like G.Skill, your RAM will never be overtasked.

The case when opened up
The case when opened up

The Case

Thermaltake SwordM VD500LBNA($599.99)

When buying any Gaming PC, the case is extremely important. This monster is a full tower case, so it's not small by any stretch, but it comes with liquid cooling and more fans than I can count, both of which are extremely important. With some fun LED lights as well, it'll be one big monster to show off to friends.

The Monitor

Hanns·G HG-281DPB Black 28" 3ms($549.99)

This was a difficult choice. At first I was drawn to the 46" monitors, but many of those got terrible reviews from friends of mine. After using one I could see why. They're impossible to manuever, don't fit on desks, and you have to sit far back to see the whole screen. Also, refresh times are usually bad on such screens. I'll wait till they improve technology on them before going bigger than 28". With a 3ms refresh rate, it'll never fall behind what you're doing.

The Sound Card

ASUS Xonar D2X ($204.99)

This is a great sound card for maximum surround sound performance on your PC in any game you play.

The Speakers

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts($267.99)

Nothing that I can find would be better than this for gaming. It's wireless, superbly reviewed, and from a reputable brand. Also, I've heard the sound quality, and it's amazing.

The Power Supply

ABS Tagan BZ Series BZ1100($349.99)

Well, on such a mighty gaming PC, you really do need all the wattage you can get!! At 1100W, this thing will power your PC no sweat, even with all 3 video cards running at maximum throttle

The Solid State Drive

Ridata SSDR32G-SAT25-2 2.5" 32GB SATA($699.99)

Technically, this isn't a Hard Disk Drive, but a Solid State Drive. This new and upcoming technology looks promising for gaming purposes and installing Windows onto. While bigger SSD's like 64GB do exist, they have been given a bad reputation for reliability. Perhaps when this technology gets more widespread, that problem will cease. Gaming has never been faster than on one of these monsters.

The Hard Drive

Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST31000340NS 1TB($329.99)

Don't worry, we still have a regular massive hard drive :) For those things that DON'T need incredible speed (basically anything but your Windows operating system and your truly graphics-intense games), this hard drive will do excellent. And with 1TB of storage (1000GB), even the largest gaming collection will fit.

The CD/DVD/Blu-Ray Drive

2x SONY 4X Blu-ray DVD Burner($599.99 each)

This great player will play CD/DVD/Blu-Ray. And with two of them, you can burn straight from one Blu-Ray disk to the other.

The Keyboard/Mouse

RAZER Tarantula Black USB Standard Ultimate Gaming Keyboard ($79.99)

All I have to say about this keyboard is WOW. If one thing above all others turned me onto this board, it's the fact that it has it's own onboard memory. Yea, in a keyboard. It has 10 programmable hotkeys for macros, which is perfect for gaming, especially MMORPG's. And it will allow you to press as many keys down at the same time as you want without any freezing or slowdown occuring.

Logitech MX518($39.99)

Eh?? A $40 mouse for the ultimate gaming rig? Why pick this when there are $300 gaming mice for sale? Well, honestly, I've used countless mice in my gaming years. This mouse is the one I love. It feels great, works great, and does everything I could possibly need in a gaming mouse. Buy it, trust me, no matter what your gaming machine.

Operating System

Windows XP 64-Bit Professional Edition ($139.99)

WIndows Vista Ultimate was considered, but ultimately dropped. With it's incomplete security and gaming incompatibility, especially with older games, Vista is not ready to be the OS to use right now. In around 6 months, it may become the OS to use for gaming, but not right now.

Total Cost:

$9182.83

Wow, talk about expensive!! If you want to build a machine that has no gaming equal in the world, this is what it'll cost you. As of Febuary 1st, 2008, there is no computer that can surpass this machine in gaming performance. For the ultimate experience, get this thing, the read up on a guide for how to overclock it for maximum performance.

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dannybeerz 8 years ago from Costa Mesa

wow, I really want to play Age of Conan on that system!! Nice build.


Chavez 8 years ago

So here's my specs, tell me what you think:

CoolerMaster CM690 ATX MidTower CaseXFX 790i Ultra MOBOIntel C2D Extreme QX9770 Quad Core 3.2GHz, 12MB, 1600MHz FSB3GB OCZ DDR3 PC 16000 @ 2000MHzUltra X3 1000-Watt Modular PSUXFX GTX 260 896MB (x2 SLI)Creative Labs X-Fi Fatilty Gaming EditonThermaltake BigWater 760i Liquid Cooling System (CPU/GPU waterblocks)120mm fans x 5 (intake on front and sides, exhaust at top and rear)Ultra 4-channel fan controllerWindows XP Professional 32-bitViewSonic 24" monitorLogitech wireless gaming mouse/keyboard

I'm almost done building it, still waiting on one component. Any suggestions for what I might be missing?


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Masterman535 8 years ago from United States Author

There is nothing wrong with Windows XP, but I might suggest getting the 64-bit edition.  64-bit is the future and in a few years you'll wish you had it now.  As for the wireless gaming mouse and keyboard, I've gotten mixed reviews on them.   Some of my friends live by them, but I've found sometimes that once in a while they'll disconnect for a second, leaving me out to dry in an online game.  The machine seems pretty powerful overall.  You might want to consider a dual-monitor setup as well, as that can do wonders for a powerful machine.


tunner803 7 years ago

uhh new computers are coming out so update


pozyczki gotowkowe 6 years ago

64-bit is the future and in a few years you'll wish you had it now.


Benny Ruo 6 years ago

The EVGA video cards are the highlight of these gaming computers


melinda giles 6 years ago

computer specs are ever changing


Jason Phimosis 6 years ago

I agree that computer specs are constantly getting better. A really good laptop today is an ok laptop 3 months from now. And a year from now, its totally updated. However, I do have to say that this computer is like a spaceship.


duncan 6 years ago

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Dhiren vyas 5 years ago

you have done really awesome work guys ...Thanks a lott for this gr8 article ...

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