Finally we come to the end of our PC buying guide for this quarter with this article on building a high-end PC. Unlike most people we haven't gone too crazy with the components and have built these machines trying to keep the cost down as much as possible. We've once again built two systems, one with AMD and the other with Intel, so let's check them out.
The only major change in our first high-end rig is the graphics card. We chose the ZOTAC GTX470 since it's priced the same as the HD5870 and it does offer better DX11 performance. We've also swapped our 22" monitor for a BenQ 24-incher. Since it's a high-end gaming rig, a regular mouse just wouldn't do, so we've brought in our trusty MX518 to the rescue. Finally, the sound department too gets a bit of an upgrade with the AltecLancing VS4121 speaker system that delivers thundering bass.