Build a Killer Rig

If your PC doesn’t have the base technologies for you to tweak it into a performance monster, and you have cash to spare, why not create a tailor-made gaming beast (and learn a whole host of PC know-how at the same time)? Windows shows you how...

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By  Matthew Wade Published  May 29, 2006

|~||~||~|If your PC doesn’t have the base technologies for you to tweak it into a performance monster, and you have cash to spare, why not create a tailor-made gaming beast (and learn a whole host of PC know-how at the same time)? Windows shows you how... ||**||US $850 |~|US-$850---m2.jpg|~||~|At this price point, you're probably looking at a single graphics card set-up with 512Mbytes of RAM and a 120Gbyte hard disk. A fast-response 17-inch flat-screen monitor should round things off nicely. Check out our AMD/nVidia and Intel/ATi recommended rig specs by clicking here or right-click this link to save our 655KB PDF guide to your PC. ||**||US $1600|~|US-$1600---m2.jpg|~||~|For roughly a grand and a half, you can create a truly killer rig. Expect to afford a dual-core CPU and a SLI- or Crossfire-ready mainboard. At this price point, the one component you probably can't quite afford to squeeze in is a second graphics card, for truly blistering graphics kick, so that should definitely be your next upgrade of choice. Check out our AMD Athlon64X2 and Pentium 4 'D' recommended rig specs by clicking here or right-click this link to save our 624KB PDF guide. ||**||US $3000+|~|US-$3000---m2.jpg|~||~|Prepare to double up for superlative performance. Slot in a dual-core CPU, two graphics cards running in SLI or Crossfire mode, and combine these with Creative's X-Fi sound card for truly immersive gameplay. Two gigabytes of RAM meanwhile will ensure lag-free performance, so all that remains is for you to add surround-sound speakers. Check out our recommended high-end rig specs by clicking here or right-click this link to save our 643KB PDF guide. ||**||Construct It: Step-by-Step|~||~||~|To view our blow by blow guide to putting together your monster system, click here. This exclusive guide explains each step you should take to construct your dream system, from 'grounding' yourself in the beginning to booting up your finished rig! If you have any comments or questions, e-mail the Windows team on windows@itp.com. ||**||

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