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We have upgraded from the discontinued P9X79 Deluxe to add integrated 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, a fancy new UEFI, enhanced SSD caching and built-in recoginition of Ivy Bridge-E CPUs. Other than that, this LGA 2011 board is still a tri-SLI/Crossfire monster with room for big overclocks, 64GB of RAM, and a dozen storage devices,
"Budget" and "best of the best" can make for some odd combinations of price and performance, but it's hard to beat the Intel Core i5-4670K at about $225. It's the next step beyond the i5-3570K, tripling the number of native SATA 6Gb/s ports from two to six and increasing performance by about 10%. It lacks the i7-4770K's Hyperthreading and has a slightly smaller L3 cache, but it also comes in about $100 cheaper.
Compared to Ivy Bridge, this Haswell CPU is not a revelation. But it does provide better performance, and support for a half-dozen native SATA 6Gb/s ports, up from two. (The integrated graphics also roughly doubled in performance, but it won't break any records.) It's an evolutionary step up from what was already the best all-around CPU in this price range.
Intel’s chipsets have felt incremental lately and the Z77 chipset doesn’t change that. Still, if we were to hunting for an LGA1155 board today, we’d want a Z77 over Z68 since we know it’ll work with Ivy Bridge CPUs and we finally get native USB 3.0. For bang for the buck boards, we think Asus P8Z77-V is our favorite today. You get Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, SLI and Crossfire plus the best USB 3.0 performance we’ve seen under Windows 7 thus far.
This is a genuine AM3+ board, so it will work with a host of AMD's latest and greatest processors, including everything in the new FX lineup. AMD's new 990X chipset supports all the latest features, including front-panel USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s, but it will also allow you to run multiple videocards in your choice of CrossFire or SLI. It's a solid mid-range board that crosses all the t's and dots all the i's.
The Core i7-4960X may only be 5-10% faster than the 3960X that used to occupy this slot. But if you're in the market for lots of threads, lots of PCI Express and memory bandwidth, and investment-grade computing, that moderate edge puts this chip at the top of the heap. It's also less power hungry than the 3960X, cutting its consumption by about 75 watts in most cases. Pair this with a custom water cooling system, and you're off to the races.
"Price-No-Object" is pretty unambigous. If you have unlimited dollars to buy a single consumer graphics card, might as well buy the best: a $1,000 dual-GPU monster. The GTX 690 contains two full GK104 GPUs (the same ones from the GTX 680) and is very nearly as fast as dual 680s in SLI, but it takes up less space and draws less power. Also, it's pretty.
It the video card that the AMD Radeon HD 7970 and Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 can't catch up to, no matter how hard you overclock them. It sports 6GB of RAM and it's based on hardware used in supercomputers around the world. Ladies and gents, the GeForce GTX Titan.
EVGA's ACX cooling brings impressively low temps and noise, while the card itself is a barnstormer, getting close to GTX Titan performance, for about $350 less.
Take the venerable GeForce GTX 670, increase the stock clock speeds, and chop a whopping $150 off. That's roughly what you get with the GTX 760; it's packed with performance and value. Add another for arguably the best results that about $500 can get you. But by itself, this little beast still rules the roost. Asus, MSI, and EVGA are usually good vendor-specific bets.