Last week, we showed you which parts you would want to buy to construct a killer $2500 PC. The purpose of that machine was power computing – serious audio/video editing and high-bitrate media transcoding. We got a lot of flak about a few of our choices (most noticeably the CPU), but we stand by our picks. That PC configuration was meant for Power Users, and not hardcore gamers (though we recognize that those aren’t mutually-exclusive groups). For someone who primarily uses their PC for gaming, and won’t accept framerate dips in 120Hz games, we have different recommendations. The following components make up our ideal $2500 hardcore gaming rig (prices as listed on Newegg). If it’s not what you’d buy, we’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
2x Asus GeForce GTX280 $980, www.asus.com
EVGA 790i SLI Ultra $350, www.evga.com
Intel E8400 3GHz Core 2 Duo $175, www.intel.com
OCZ 4GB Reaper HPC DDR3/1600 $240, www.ocz.com
NZXT Tempest $110, www.nzxt.com
PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Watt $140, www.pcpower.com
Windows Vista 64-bit Home Premium $110 (OEM), www.microsoft.com