Ever wondered how to build a Killer Gaming Rig ??

Posted: April 21, 2009 in All Categories, Gaming, hardware
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Now let’s face it, you could’ve just got done making the biggest, highly budgeted, technologically superior game system on the planet and it still wouldn’t be squat if you didn’t have the right games at launch to support it. Sound familiar?

Every year you have change in harware coming up, so any specification I provide are squeezed whats the best you can find in market today..

Our goal isn’t to simply throw money at the problem. We avoid building a system that might push the thermal envelope too hard, or that requires a kilowatt power supply. What we want is a highly reliable, high performance rig that will run any game on the market at high detail levels, without being a noisy beast that can heat a small house. 😉


Lets start with the Components we require, after a thorough review here is what I found:

CPU Intel Core i7 965
CPU Cooler CoolIT Domino A.L.C.
Motherboard ASUS Rampage Extreme II
Memory OCZ Platinum 3x2GB DDR3-1600
Graphics eVGA GeForce 285 x2
Sound Card Integrated (We should have it :))
Hard Drive – SSD Intel X25 160GB x2
Hard drive Seagate 7200.11 1.5TB
Optical drive Plextor PX-B310SA
Case Thermaltake Element S
Power Supply Corsair TX850
Operating System Vista Home Premium 64-bit or may try XP ok 8)
Monitor Dell UltraSharp 3008WFP (2560×1600)
Speakers Creative Gigaworks T3
Keyboard Logitech G19\\anyone in that series
Mouse Logitech G9x\anyone in that series
Headset Logitech G35, hmm what else..


Lets go through some of these components quickly:

CPU: Core i7 965 Extreme Edition

The king of the CPU heap right now is the Core i7 965 Extreme Edition. If you’re on a budget, the Core i7 920 costs less than $300, and is unlocked so you can overclock it well above the rated 2.66 GHz speed.

Pros: Fastest CPU on the market, good overclockability.

Cons: Expensive.

Summary: If you want the best gaming performance now and in a more multithreaded future, you want a Core i7 CPU.


CPU Cooler: CoolIT Domino A.L.C.

The CoolIT Domino A.L.C. (Advanced Liquid Cooling) is one of the most interesting CPU coolers we’ve seen yet. No, it doesn’t have quite the same cooling power as some of the bigger, more expensive, more complicated liquid cooling solutions out there.

Pros: Easy to install, usually quiet, good cooling performance.

Cons: “Full” fan speed is noisy, less cooling performance than some other liquid cooling solutions.

Summary: Powerful, quiet, affordable liquid cooling that’s easy to install.


Motherboard: ASUS Rampage II Extreme

Right now if you are building a Core i7 CPU, there’s really only one chipset to consider: Intel’s X58. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot of difference between motherboards built on this chipset, though.

Pros: Stable; full of features; unique ProbeIt area of motherboard is innovative.

Cons: Expensive!

Summary: One of the best, albeit most expensive, Core i7 motherboards on the market.


Memory: 6GB OCZ 3x2GB DDR3-1600

Z makes great memory. It’s 6GB of quality, fast memory at a very good price. If you want to go really extreme in your overclocking you’ll want to spring for even faster stuff

Pros: 6GB of DDR3-1600 for just over $100!

Cons: None to speak of.

Summary: It seems too good to be true, but isn’t. This is a steal.


Graphics: eVGA GeForce GTX 285 (Dual)

It’s currently the fastest single-GPU graphics card you can buy. Why no dual-GPU card? Simply put, we’re going to put two fast GPUs in our system, so we’re going to use two of these excellent cards in SLI.

Pros: The fastest single-GPU card on the market, CUDA support.

Cons: No DX 10.1 support.

Summary: Nvidia currently makes the fastest single GPU out there, and eVGA makes excellent cards using them.


SSDs & Hard Disk: Intel X25 160GB

Here’s where we make one of the biggest and most profound changes in our Killer Gaming Rig system. This marks the first of our recommended systems to include solid-state drives, but it surely won’t be the last.

Pros: Crazy fast.

Cons: Limited capacity, extremely high price per GB.

Summary: Intel’s pricey SSDs are still by far the fastest you can buy.


Peripherals: Monitor, Speakers, Mouse, Keyboard, Headset

Beyond the base CPU, power supply, case, memory, drives, and graphics cards that make up the base system, we’re decking our Killer Gaming Rig out with some killer peripherals. This is sort of a secondary exercise, as many people building a new system will keep their existing monitor, speakers, mouse, keyboard, etc.

Monitor: Dell UltraSharp 3008 WFP

Dell’s UltraSharp 3008WFP is an exceptional 30-inch monitor with 2560×1600 resolution. It’s got loads of inputs, good gaming performance, and great color

Speakers: Creative Gigaworks T3

5.1 and 7.1 surround sound systems for PCs have fallen by the wayside of late. And why not? Most users don’t have the space where their PC is located for surround speakers, so they have opted for a good 2.1 system instead.

Mouse: Logitech G9x

Still our favorite gaming mouse, Logitech’s G9x is comfortable, precise, and customizable.

Keyboard: Logitech G19

There are plenty of gaming keyboards on the market, and most of them offer the same features—macro recording, maybe audio jacks or extra USB ports, that sort of thing. Nothing yet has quite matched the usefulness and customizability of Logitech’s programmable G15 keyboard…until now.

Headset: Logitech G35

If you’re going to do any serious online gaming, you’ll need a good headset. There are lots that we could recommend, including the excellent Astro A40 Audio System, but for pure PC gaming we think Logitech’s G35 is the best currently on the market.


That’s my take on the important things a Killer Gaming rig needs to dominate.

Having built several computers I can tell you it’s not hard. BUT you need to have patience and a willingness to fix your own problems. But it’s a ton of fun and let’s enjoy it…

  1. Kane says:

    I been considering building a gaming rig that will support both Vista Ultimate 64bit and Ubuntu. The list you have for building a i7 gaming rig is interesting.

  2. Ravi says:

    The hardware should be preety much the Same with Ubuntu..I don’t see any reason the above specification don’t work with it..

  3. Dave Knowles says:

    I`m building my own gaming pc on a budget of under £400, i think i have the best system for the budget i have, you can follow my progress at the squidoo lens.

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