by Luke Harwood |
If you love your gaming, you know how important your PC specs actually are. Today’s top titles require cutting edge technology to handle the high end graphics, frame rates and resolution that they use up. If you want to enjoy today’s wide range of AAA games, you will need the following hardware. Any less and you won’t have the power or performance that you desire.
ARK Intel Xeon Processor E5-2697 v2
This 12 core CPU is the definitive king when it comes to sheer processing power. Not only does it excel unbelievably at all computer benchmarks but it also offers greater flexibility as it is expandable into a dual-socket system. With a max loading of 3 GHz, this top of the range CPU will give you everything you need and more to run the latest games at the highest graphics settings.
ASUS Z9PE-D8 WS Motherboard
You will also need a motherboard which can handle the extra cores of the E5-2697. Here, we highly recommend the Z9PE-D8 WS from ASUS as it really holds nothing back. Specs include seven PCIe-x16 3.0 slots, compatibility with various types of memory, one click SSD caching and more. Sold by computer manufacturers such as Chillblast, this motherboard comes with all necessary accessories, allowing you to complete your high end gaming machine without any missing or incorrect parts.
ASUS Radeon R9 295X2 8GB GDDR5 Graphics Card
Since you want to play the latest games, you will need a graphics card that goes above and beyond. The Radeon R9 295X2 8GB GDDR5 from ASUS boasts the following specs:
- 8 GB video memory
- 5,000 MHz memory clock
- 1024-bit memory interface
- 4096×2160 max resolution
This is what you need to optimise all graphics settings in the most recent games without encountering any slow-down or lag.
Samsung SSD 840 Pro (1 GB)
You’ll also need somewhere to store all your game files. You’ll need a lot of hard disk space so we recommend the Samsung SSD 840 Pro which comes with a whopping 1 GB of storage. The added solid state technology will provide a boost in performance both at start-up and when running those first class graphics. These drives will also be compatible with the Z9PE-D8 WS motherboard too.
Corsair AX1500i Digital ATX Power Supply
Finally, you’ll need a PCU with the ability to power all of these high end components without breaking a sweat. The AX1500i Digital ATX Power Supply from Corsair has what it takes. Boasting a massive 1,500 W and more than 94% efficiency, you know this a reliable way to power your system, ensuring everything is stable and fully-functional while you sit down and play the latest games around.
With these components in your PC, you’ll be able to enjoy titles such as Crysis 3, Metro: 2033, Far Cry 4, The Witcher 2, and more without having to sacrifice any of those sweet graphical details. Your machine will be the ultimate powerhouse, able to handle whatever you throw at it in terms of memory, processing power and storage.
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Luke Harwood is an avid PC gaming enthusiast. He is always on the lookout for the latest computer components to power his ever-growing graphical needs.