2. KEEP IN MIND:
This is using technology that is immediately available as of
This will include peripherals.
This will be using prices in America in American dollars.
3. 4000 DOLLARS
OF PURE GLORY
An ultimate multipurpose rig that stops short of
the point of diminishing returns on investment.
Built to last for several years until invariably being
Intel i7 3770K (320$)
Uses Intel’s latest “Ivy Bridge” system architecture on a
22nm trigate process.
Hyperthreading for 8 logical threads (4 actual cores),
easily overclockable to above 4 Ghz if need be.
GTX 680 (2 of them for a combined 1100$)
4 GBs of VRAM for better performance at higher
Kepler architecture, and great SLI scaling.
16 GB G.SKILL Ares Series DDR3 (85$)
Plenty of RAM for most if not all tasks.
Clocked on the high side but maintaing decent CAS
Unnecessary but stylish heatspreaders.
Asus Z77 P8Z77-V Deluxe LGA 1155 (280$)
Plenty of ports and PCI-E lanes.
SATA 3/USB 3.0 for speedy I/O.
Built in Wifi and DLNA.
Coolermaster Cosmos 2 (320$)
Lots of easily accessible I/O ports, tons of room, great ventilation.
Smart interior layout for modular upgrading and easy wiring.
Seasonic Platinum 860W Full Modular PSU (200$)
Reliable, plenty of wattage, efficient.
Trusted manufacturer, modular for easy wiring.
6. MAIN DRIVE
Samsung 840 Pro 512 GB (600$)
Extremely fast, huge capacity, quiet.
Uses all Samsung components (which are the best in class).
Western Digital 3 TB Caviar Green (140$)
Lots of space, 64 MB cache, relatively reliable.
LITE-ON Bluray Burner with 3D support (110$)
Can play Blurays in 3D, can also burn Bluray discs.
Can also play DVDs/CDs.
ASUS PB Series PB278Q (700$)
PLS panel for amazing colors and viewing angles.
Matte anti glare coating, adjustable stand, many input options.
2560 by 1440p resolution at 27 inches, a lot more detail for photo editing and
generally looking at anything, can fit a lot more on screen than 1080p.
Razer Blackwidow Mechanical keyboard (80$)
Mechanical keyboard for more accurate keystrokes and responsiveness.
Macro keys and profiles.
Logitech G700 (90$)
Lots of macro keys, 5700 dpi for precision cursor movement.
Logitech G35 (100$)
Simulated 7.1 surround sound.
Integrated Mic, macro keys and customizable profiles.
Windows 8 Pro 64 Bit OEM (140$)
Fast and Fluid, great boot times.
Tremendous amount of software available.
Tight integration with Windows Phone 8
and the Xbox 360.
Comprehensive services such as Skydrive
for integrated cloud storage.
New and beautiful interface.
Backwards compatibility with all prior windows software.
9. SOFTWARE (ALL FREE)
Antivirus: built-in windows defender and Microsoft security
Browser: Internet Explorer 10/Mozilla Firefox/Google
Chrome/Opera, take your pick.
CCleaner: Occasional registry cleaning, deletes temporary
files and speeds things up.
Steam: Free high quality games and comprehensive
Origin: Similar to steam but primarily for EA games.
VLC: Video playback, has a lot of configurable options.
Winamp: for Audio playback, supports most file types
Windows 8 built-in programs: get the job done in a nice