How much it will cost to build your dream gaming rig

With the release of Nvidia’s new range of GTX graphics cards in recent months, PC gamers have been reworking their budgets to finance the powerful hardware.

While a “modest” GeForce GTX 960 can be picked up for R3,500, this GPU is not what the high-end gamers are after. They are all about the GTX 980 or Titan X.

Ask these gamers what their perfect gaming PC setup would be, though, and they will probably tell you they need an extra graphics card or two for an SLI setup.

This computing power does not come cheap, and we decided to see how much an “ultimate gaming rig” costs in May 2015.

The system we put together, and its pricing, is detailed in the table below.

Components
Price
Intel Core i7 4790K 4GHz R4,600
Corsair H100i CPU Cooler R1,500
MSI Z97 XPower AC Motherboard R6,400
32GB Kingston Hyperx Beast DDR3 2400MHz RAM R4,300
Asus GeForce GTX Titan X 12GB – x2 in SLI R35,000
2x 500GB Samsung 850 Pro SSD R10,500
Cooler Master Cosmos II ATX Tower R4,200
Antec High Current Pro 1300W 80+ Platinum PSU R3,700
2x Asus ROG Swift 27″ 1440p Gaming Monitor R35,600
SteelSeries Apex M800 Mechanical Keyboard R2,700
Logitech G502 Mouse R1,000
SteelSeries H 7.1 Headphones R3,600
Creative Sound Blaster Zx Sound Card R2,300
Logitech Z623 2.1 Speakers R2,600
Windows 7 Professional 64bit R2,000
Additional fans, lighting, and control units R2,000
Total R122,000

All pricing and products are available from Evetech, Rebel Tech, and Wootware.

Images of the components are embedded below.

Corsair H100i CPU Cooler

Corsair water cooler
Corsair water cooler

MSI Z97 XPower AC Motherboard

MSI X97 motherboard
MSI X97 motherboard

Asus GeForce GTX Titan X

Asus GeForce GTX Titan X
Asus GeForce GTX Titan X

Cooler Master Cosmos II ATX Tower

Cooler Master Cosmos II ATX Tower
Cooler Master Cosmos II ATX Tower

Asus ROG Swift 27″ Monitor

Asus ROG Swift
Asus ROG Swift

SteelSeries Apex M800 Mechanical Keyboard

SteelSeries keyboard
SteelSeries keyboard

Logitech G502 Mouse

Logitech mouse
Logitech mouse

SteelSeries H 7.1 Headphones

SteelSeries headphones
SteelSeries headphones

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