New year, new Rig
Looking to build yourself a new gaming PC for the top titles of 2012? Sadly, January sales don't really affect PC component prices. If anything, things are a little bit more expensive than they were in mid-December. Memory is a little bit cheaper than it was, but most other components have gone up a little bit.
Even so, and with big news like Intel's Ivy Bridge and more affordable Southern Islands graphics cards on the horizon, now's as good a time as any to start upgrading your system.
The first look at the PC Gamer Rig for the year doesn't see any significant improvements in terms of processing power or component selection. But I have swapped its case again as a result of a group test recently written for the mag. The new Corsair Carbide 500R is a bit more expensive than the Cooler Master Plus 912HAF that it wore at the end of 2011, but it's an exceptional case for the price, with tons of room inside and some excellent features. Plus, it looks good and runs quietly.
If you're after a bargain, though, you might think about getting your hands on one of AMD's Bulldozer chips. Just before Christmas the company announced a cashback scheme of up to £20 for potential purchasers. Not sure that's enough to convince me to adopt one just yet, but I'll be looking carefully at the maths involved next week.
What's in the Rig?
Intel Core i5 2500K
GeForce GTX 560Ti
Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB
Corsair Carbide 500R
XFX Pro Core 650W
Which is £69.97/$25.73 more expensive than before Christmas.
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