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

It's easy to blow through a big wad of cash on your ideal gaming rig. That's why we always recommend setting a budget. If you're leaning towards better performance, a $2000 ceiling gives you plenty of choices. Fans of AMD hardware currently have a pretty limited choice in high-end processors, since even the top-of-the-line octo-core FX only costs $200. This quarter, Rafeed saved even more by going with the lower-end FX-8320 at $150. A pair of ultra-fast GeForce GTX 780's from EVGA in SLI is what the bulk of this budget was spent on. A 128 GB boot SSD and 1.5 TB WD Green hard drive handle storage duties, while a 850W 80 PLUS Bronze-certified PSU from Corsair's Enthusiast Series powers this beast. A Cooler Master HAF and Noctua NH-D14 keeps the whole thing cool. Congratulations to forum member Rafeed for having his "AMD anti-fanboi build" picked by the Tom's Hardware community this quarter!

Updates
  • December 01, 2013 : Updated to reflect the Q4 2013 BestConfigs Poll - Congratulations Rafeed!
  • March 14, 2013 : Updated to reflect the Q1 2013 BestConfigs Poll - Congratulations g-unit1111!
  • August 18, 2011 : Updated to reflect the Q3 2011 BestConfigs Poll - Congratulations mjmjpfaff!