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Buyers Guide: High-End Intel-Based Gaming PC Configuration

It's easy to get carried away when someone hands you a healthy budget for picking parts. This quarter's high-end Intel-based gaming rig utilizes the hexa-core Core i7-3930K as the foundation for a pretty potent PC. The Asus X79-based motherboard has everything necessary to accommodate the Sandy Bridge-E-based processor. 16 GB of DDR3-1600 from Patriot's Viper 3 Series double the capacity of the high-end AMD system. To that, inzone added a 128 GB Samsung 840 EVO SSD and 1 TB of conventional hard disk storage via a Western Digital Blue. A pair of new Radeon R9 280X GPUs in CrossFire bring the graphics horsepower. Congratulations to forum member inzone for having his recommended build picked by the Tom's Hardware community this quarter!

Updates
  • December 01, 2013 : Updated to reflect the Q4 2013 BestConfigs Poll - Congratulations inzone!
  • March 14, 2013 : Updated to reflect the Q1 2013 BestConfigs Poll - Congratulations Django!
  • August 18, 2011 : Updated to reflect Q3 2011 BestConfigs Poll - Congratulations sadams04!