This is for those that want the best, and are willing to pay a high price for it ($3K or more…). All the latest games (as well as future ones) should have no problems running all maxed out on this rig. Check it out!
The Intel Core i5-4690K is one of the most popular processors of the moment, and an ideal pick for gaming. The reason you don’t see an i7 in this configuration is simply because, in terms of gaming, it doesn’t offer any improvements to justify its higher price. Sure, the extra cores of an i7 are handy when it comes to video editing or other processing-heavy tasks, but for gaming, the 4 cores of the i5-4690K are enough right now. If you still want to go i7, shoot for the i7-4790K for maximum performance and outstanding overclocking potential.
Since we’ve recommended overclockable processors, a powerful cooler is in order. You can opt for a monstrous Noctua NH-D15 if you want maximum performance, as it comes with a dual-tower design with 6 heat pipes and two 140-mm vents, or go with an all-in-one watercooling solution such as the Corsair H100i.
There are plenty of high-end motherboards you could consider, but ASUS is renowned for making top-quality products, so the ASUS Maximus VII Formula motherboard is a choice you can’t go wrong with. The X79 chipset the Formula VII comes with allows for a great overclocking potential, while also ensuring support for the next generation of Intel processors. As you can expect, the Formula VII packs in pretty much all the features you could think of, and something more. It comes with 4 DIMM slots, 2 PCIe 3.0 slots running at 16x, plenty of SATA ports, integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and many other features we can’t list without turning this article into a novel.
The Corsair Dominator 2400MHz 2 x 8GB kit is not only lightning fast, but also good-looking thanks to the sober radiators they come equipped with. In case you missed it, the ASUS Maximus VII Formula recommended above has 4 DIMM slots – you get the hint.
If you want the best visuals with crazy-high frames-per-second values, NVIDIA’s GTX 980 card is the way to go. Based on the latest Maxvell architecture and packing in 4GB of DDR5 video memory, the GTX 980 is ready to take on just about any game at 1080p and even 4K resolutions, all maxed out. There are various versions of GTX 980 out there, from different manufacturers, each offering their custom cooling systems and small frequency tweaks. We recommend you choose between Gigabyte’s Windforce version, Asus’s STRIX version and MSI’s Twin Frozr V version.
On the AMD camp, the R9-290X is the best pick for the money; however, it is not as fast as the 980, and is also more power-hungry. Still, there is one scenario where an R9-290X might be a better choice: high-resolution gaming. Consider the Sapphire Radeon R9-290X 8GB version if you’re a fan of high resolutions, as the extra video memory will come in handy when gaming in 4K.
There’s not much you can improve over the performance offered by the SATA3 SSD + HDD combo presented in the section above, except if you go full-SSD and lose the mechanical hard drive altogether, in which case this 1TB Samsung 850 EVO SSD can be a worthy pick.
While this configuration could easily fit under any of the 750W power supplies in the section above, you might want to leave some room for upgrades or just for the peace of mind, so an 850W power supply is more appropriate. You can choose between the Seasonic X-850 and the EVGA SuperNOVA 850G2 – both are coming from reputable manufacturers, both are fully-modular and both have an 80 PLUS Gold certification.
As explained in the previous section, as long as a case provides good wire-management and cooling options, it should be good, so we won’t go into further recommendations – the ones above still stand, but feel free to go with any case that fits your personal preferences.
You can’t build such a beast of a PC and not go with a huge monitor. Well, technically you can, but you really shouldn’t. The Benq XL2720Z is an ideal companion, and comes with some impressive specs: 27-inch display, 1ms response time and a refresh rate of 144 Hz. If you want to go 4K, the 28-inch Monoprice Ultra HD monitor is a more-than-decent option at a fair price.
Mouse and Keyboards
Once again, Razer is the brand of choice for gaming peripherals. The Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Elite Mechanical Keyboard comes with mechanical keys, individually backlit keys and premium build quality. As for the mouse, the Mad Catz R.A.T. 9 gaming mouse is one of your best options, coming with an adjustable body and 6400 DPI sensor.
Overall, this rig shouldn’t sweat much even when faced with the mode demanding games out there, GTA V included, but its price tag can easily get north of $3,000. Be that as it may, you can’t put a price on passion, right?
So there you have it, hopefully there’s a system spec above with your name on it – the most important thing being it lets you enjoy Grand Theft Auto on PC. PC configurations being what they are, everyone is bound to have their own opinion, so let us know what you think of the above specs in the comments below. We’d also love to know what other custom rigs you plan rocking GTA V on!
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