What's your ultimate gaming rig?

Describe your Ultimate PC Gaming Rig to win an NVIDIA GeForce GTX!

What's your ultimate gaming rig?

What’s your ultimate gaming rig?

Have you always dreamed of the Ultimate PC Gaming Rig? If you could have everything you wanted to make it complete what would you include? Which games would you play on it?

We’ve teamed up with NVIDIA to offer you the chance to share your Ultimate Rig.

Two top PC Gamers will then judge which rig they deem to be the ultimate and award an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 graphics card to the winner!

How to enter

  • Write a blog post describing your Ultimate PC Rig
  • The Rig must contain an NVIDIA GPU
  • You can include a picture of your Rig – Photoshop or a photo of a drawing/diagram is fine (this isn’t compulsory to enter)
  • Copy and paste the code below to add the Ultimate PC Rig badge to your blog post
  • Share the link to your blog post (do not post your entry here, just a link to the entry on your blog) with us either in the comment section here or on Twitter (hashtag #ultimaterig)
  • Remember: have some fun; the more interesting/amusing/entertaining the better!

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What's Your Ultimate Gaming Rig?

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 is the fastest, DirectX 11 single GPU in the NVIDIA stable, optimized for outstanding performance and an innovative thermal design, GeForce GTX 580 delivers awesome DirectX 11 tessellation performance so you can experience mind-blowing realism with all your favourite games.
GTX 580 supports 3D Vision, allowing you to surpass the boundaries of your screen into a new dimension with NVIDIA 3D Vision technology.

Enter your blog post into the Gaming Rig Competition to be judged by a panel of expert PC Gaming judges – and be in with a chance to win a GeForce GTX 580! Gear Up, Game On!

To help get your creative juices flowing (though we’re sure you already have a pretty clear idea of what your ultimate rig would be!) here’s an example of what we’re looking for:

Example: Ultimate PC Gaming Rig… The Batcave

Firstly, the fastest desktop processor known to man, backed up by a mighty 24 gig of the fastest ram available. A trio of GTX 580 3072MB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI PCI-E Graphics Cards, for the perfect SLI setup, 3 terabytes of super speed Solid State Hard disk goodness, to store every Batman game since the ZX Spectrum, all backed up by a 1200 watt modular PSU. Mmm… modular.

Then, because the Batcave is a big place, the ultimate monitor setup – three 70″ 1080p monitors, to make those pixelated bad-guys as lifesize and realistic as possible. And because the acoustics in the cave are unrivalled in any superhero hideout (Cave of Solitude, Cave of Schmolitude) – a top spec soundcard and a 5.1 surround setup. And an external 12 terabytes of storage for all those Beiber MP3s.

With easy access to a good water supply, in the form of an actual river running through his pad, the Dark Knight has gone with a watercooling setup – fed straight from the giant in house waterfall. A twin radiator setup, with a mighty 12 fans (in push/pull configuration, naturally) keeps that water nice and chilly, so as not to disturb the local eco-system. A further 7 fans on the case make this a noisy beast, but when you’re in the zone as much as the bat – you won’t even notice.

PC
Case: NZXT Khaos Aluminium Full Tower Case
MB: Asus P6T7 WS SuperComputer X58 Socket 1366 CEB Motherboard
CPU:Intel Core i7 Extreme i7 980X 3.33GHz Socket 1366 12MB Cache
3 x GPU: Gigabyte GTX 580 3072MB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI PCI-E Graphics Card
6 x RAM: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 2133Mhz Memory Kit CL9
5 x Solid State DrivesIntel 600GB 320 Series SSD – 2.5″ SATA-II – Read 270MB/s Write 220MB/s – OEM
Soundcard: Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series Soundcard – PCI-Express
Speakers: Logitech Z906 Surround Sound 5.1 Speaker System
3 x Monitors: NEC MultiSync P701 – 70″ Display
PSU: Corsair Professional Series Gold AX 1200W Modular PSU
Bluray: LiteOn iHBS112 12x BD-RE with DVD±RW DL & RAM SATA Blu-Ray Drive
2 x External HDD: Buffalo 6TB DriveStation Duo External Hard Drive – USB 3.0 – 2x3TB Raid
Watercooling
CPU Block: Aqua Computer Cuplex XT CPU Waterblock for Socket 1156/1366
Pump: Aqua Computer Aquastream XT Ultra USB 12v Pump
2 x Radiators: Hardware Labs Black ICE GT Extreme 360 radiator In Black
19 x Fans: Scythe Gentle Typhoon 120mm 3000rpm Case Fan
5 x Fan Controllers: AeroCool Touch 1000 Fan Controller – 5.25″ Bay

And here are some we made earlier.. well here are some ultimate rigs shared to the NVIDIA rig browser!

Our Judges:
Richard Sweeting, PC Gamer & Managing Editor at Gamersathome
“I’ve been playing and building PCs for 21 years, and i’m only 27 so almost all my life. In addition, I have worked alongside the world’s biggest games companies and hardware companies, which always improves my knowledge on the PC world. Also having some friends who are the best in the world at certain PC games and have their own pro brand of PC hardware out, they always inspire to build better and play greater. For me the thing that makes the best PC is not only the graphical power and the CPU power but also the cooling system and PSU that you use, as you don’t want your machine cutting out half way through your journey in Skyrim or a kill streak in Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.”

Phill Cameron, PC Gamer and Freelance Journalist, writing for Eurogamer, Gamasutra, PC Gamer, Videogamer.com and others. See here for our interview with Phill last year about Edinburgh Interactive.
“As consoles come and go, the role of the PC is staying pretty consistent. It’s always going to be at the top of the graphical game, and it’s always going to be providing services that the consoles are going to struggle to keep up with. I’ve been using my PC for games for as long as I can remember, but the thing that I’ve found, in the past few years, is that the need to be at the bleeding edge is diminishing. Having a powerful system is always going to be a boon, but more and more utility is the name of the game, with the breadth of things your PC can do becoming more important than how well you can do them. So it’s not just about how many pixels you can get on the screen, and how much AA you can blast them with, but also how many screens you can get that up on, and how you can interact with those selfsame pixels.”

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  2. This promotion is open to all UK residents, except for employees of Ebuyer (UK) Limited, their families, agencies or any other company directly connected with the administration of this promotion.
  3. Only one entry per person is permitted.
  4. The prize is one GTX 580 Graphics Card. Nvidia reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value at any time.
  5. The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.
  6. The promotion starts on 19th January 2012 and lasts until 19th March 2012.
  7. All entries must be received by 23.59 on 19th March 2012 to be eligible.
  8. Entries that contain any terms or images considered explicit and inappropriate will be disqualified.
  9. The winning response will be selected by two independent judges. The winner will be notified via whichever channel the entry was submitted, for example, the Ebuyer blog or Twitter. The winner will be notified by Friday 23rd March 2012.
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  1. paul 29 January, 2012 at 01:56

    @ JOE DUFFELL – No offence mate, but, 4 PCI-E SSD cards and 4 PCI-E gfx cards in that board? its only got a few PCI-E slots lol…also 8 x 4Gb sticks..that board only has 4 ram slots?

    everyone, check your parts – if you want chance of winning then the PC must be build-able

  2. MAHESH 30 January, 2012 at 08:20

    Customised Spec

    *Asus VK278Q 27″ 1080p HD LED Monitor.
    *Coolermaster HAF-X Full tower Chassi
    *Asus Crosshair V Formula {AMD} Motherboard or Rampage IV Extreme {INTEL} Motherboard
    *AMD FX-8150 Processor or Intel® Core™ i7-3930K Processor
    *Dominator® with DHX Pro Connector and Airflow II Fan — 16GB Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Kit {AMD}or Dominator® GT with DHX Pro Connector 16GB Quad Channel DDR3 Memory Kit {INTEL}.
    *Coolermaster Silent Pro Hybrid 1300W power supply.
    *Corsair Force Series™ 3 480GB SATA Solid-State Hard Drive.x2
    *Corsair Hydro Series™ H100 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler.
    *EVGA GeForce GTX 590 Classified or XFX HD Radeon 6990
    *Sony DVD Writer.
    *Logitech G510 Gaming Keyboard & G500 Gaming mouse.
    *UPS 1100va or above

    AMD-ATI for low price & Max Performance.
    Intel-NVidia for bit high price & Max performance

  3. Tyler 30 January, 2012 at 20:34

    Well, my dream PC is an i5, 16GB DDR3 RAM, 2TB hard drive and a GTX 580. I currently have a AMD ATHLON II 2x at 3.00GHz… I would like DDR3 RAM since my current ram is 3GB of DDR2 804MHz, I havent been able to upgrade to DDR3 because my motherboard doesn’t support it :'(. I would like such a big hard drive because my current one is 149GB Windows Vista 32-bit, I cannot have more than 3-6 games installed without having to remove some…

  4. George Coyle 30 January, 2012 at 21:19

    My dream pc is almost a reality for years i dreamed of owning a high end gaming pc. so a few months ago i started to buy parts bit by bit. so far i have built my pc with one or two things that i if i could afford it i would change, the graphics card and maybe a larger pci-e ssd, so far i have

    asrock extreme 4 gen 3 z68 motherboard
    intel i7 2600k cpu
    corsair h60 cpu cooler
    8gb corsair vengence ddr3
    corsair tx 850m modular psu
    coolermaster haf 912 case
    lamptron fc5 fan controller
    akasa baymaster media card reader/hotswappable hdd
    samsung dvd-rw
    logitech g19 keyboard
    logitech g9x mouse
    viewsonic 24inch 1080p led monitor
    corsair f120 120gb ssd
    xfx ati radeon hd6870

    the last two parts were from a previous pc build and if i had the cash i would get an ocz 1tb hybrid pci-e ssd, and either a gigabyte nvidea gtx 580 or gtx 590 but since money is too tight to mention the gtx 580 would be perfect. then at a later stage maybe sli them and another 2 monitors to run nvidea surround to play battlefield 3 at a much higher framerate than what i get a present 40 fps

  5. iRFAN 1 February, 2012 at 09:03

    Well! As everyone is talking about extreme gameplay, than I think that we should go with NVIDIA Recommended 3Dpc.
    I have 1 pc not exactly as recommended but its ok according to my budget. But in future I will like and also its my dream that I will purchase one of the super computer as shown below

    Processor
    Intel Core i5 650 3.2Ghz Processor
    Cache 6MB L2 Cache
    Motherboard
    Intel® Desktop Board DH55TC
    Memory
    4GB DDR3 RAM(2x2GB)
    Storage
    250GB SATA Hard Disk Drive
    Graphics Card
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 card
    Cabinet
    Reaper Cabinet With 400watt PS
    Power Supply
    650 Watts Micro ATX
    Keyboard
    Logitech USB Keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech USB Mouse
    DVD Writer
    Monitor
    22” Samsung 3D Monitor NVIDIA 3D Vision Kit
    OS Support
    Win 7
    I wish I could buy the above 3D ready pc

    Also I have 3TB of Games and Bluray movie collection Stored in External HardDisks.

  6. jon mcauley 1 February, 2012 at 17:35

    cpu – Intel 3.4GHz Core i7-2600K
    gpu – 3x EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Superclocked
    mobo – Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD7-B3
    ram – Corsair 16GB Vengeance
    Sound C – Asus Xonar D2 Soundcard
    case – Cooler Master Cosmos II Prototype
    psu – Silverstone Strider ST1500
    cooler – Corsair Hydro Series H100
    ssd – 2x 240GB OCZ Vertex 3
    hdd – 3x 3TB Seagate Barracuda XT
    odd – Plextor B940SA
    monitor – 3x NEC PA301W
    mouse – Logitech G9x
    keyboard- Logitech G19
    headset – Logitech G35
    os – Microsoft Windows 7 Professional

    hope i win thanks

  7. Aaron Taylor 5 February, 2012 at 16:06

    My ultimate gaming RIG:

    The latest Intel Core i7-3930k @ 3.20GHz – Fastest CPU ever

    Corsair H80 Water Cooler

    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

    The latest Gigabyte G1.Sniper 2 Motherboard

    16GB Corsair 1600mhz Vengeance RAM

    1st Hard drive – The latest Corsair 180GB Force3 SSD S-ATAIII 6.0Gb/s

    2nd Hard drive – 500GB S-ATAIII

    1st Optical drive – 10x Blu-Ray RW S-ATA

    2nd Optical drive – 10x Blu-Ray RW S-ATA

    2 x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 3GB (6GB VRAM!!)

    Sound Card – Creative X-FI Titanium 7.1 PCI-E

    Wireless 802.11N 300Mbps MIMO PCI card

    The latest – Razer Imperator 2012 Expert

    The latest – Razer Lycosa Mirror Keyboard

    Speakers – Creative Gigaworks T3

    Webcam – Trust Megapixel Webcam Pro WB-6250X

    LED Monitor – BenQ XL2410-B 23.6″ LED 3D

    Case – Antec Twelve Hundred

    PSU – 1200W Corsair AX Professional Series Gold

    You wont find a better gaming rig then that! It is my dream to have something like this however I come from a poor background and therefore have to make do with a budget gaming system :( good luck to everyone else in the competition :)

  8. Isa 7 February, 2012 at 15:18

    My ultimate gaming system, worth a car!!:
    Case: Danger Den Torture Rack UV Green
    CPU: Intel Core i7 3960X (Overclocked to 5Ghz)
    GPU: Quad SLI Nvidia 590 (Overclocked)
    Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Extreme
    RAM: Patriot 8x4GB PC3-19200 2400MHz DDR3 (32GB)
    Cooling: ORIGIN CRYOGENIC Custom Liquid Cooling
    PSU: 1.5 Kilowatt Silverstone Strider
    RAID controller: Intel RT3WB080 Raid Controller
    Using Raid 5
    Hard Drive: 3x 480GB Intel 520 Series SSD
    + WD caviar black 2TB (no RAID)
    Optical Drive: 2x Blu-ray reader dvd writer combo
    Network Card: Killer 2100 Gaming Network Card
    Fan Controller: Lamptron Fan Controller FC-6

  9. Spuck 8 February, 2012 at 15:30

    It’s really a shame that I can’t enter =/ …I’m not a UK resident. But I did have fun creating such a beast ! Just maxed out to the max, it’s insane =)

  10. Bruce Boogie 16 February, 2012 at 23:18

    A 27″ iMac with an extra 27″ Thunderbolt screen, a 1GB video card and 16GB of RAM and if it can be modified to take a 128SSD that would really top it off.

    I don’t play cutting edge shoot ups and that stuff – this Apple system would make my game playing BRILLIANT !!!!!!

  11. Rohit 19 February, 2012 at 06:23

    CPU: AMD opteron 16 core processor
    RAM:16gb DDR5 liquid-cooled
    GPU:nvidia 4GB DDR5 GTX 580
    HDD:Western Digital 2TB drive silent than anyother

  12. Will Gent 21 February, 2012 at 17:35

    Ever since I first had the honour of touching a mouse I was hooked! PC’s were the thing for me. Owning a PC customised by me (Including the GTX 580!) would truly be a dream come true. I would have the speed of an i5 processor and a 128 SSD, lightning start up speeds included! (And a 1TB HDD.) Most likely 8GB RAM would suffice… Gaming and graphics performance would be held by a trio of GTX 580’s and finally, to top it all off… 3x LG LED Monitors to just finish the final BLOW and literally, blow my mind away! The only thing i’d need then is a Desk large enough to house everything! :P

  13. Timothy 24 February, 2012 at 13:51

    I dont know why but the badge on my blog doesnt seem to work well and doesnt display any picture. Would like some help on that. Thank you.

  14. Rory 24 February, 2012 at 23:24

    CPU: 4.60 Ghz Quad Core Intel Core i7 Extreme 64 MB Cache.
    GPU: MVIDIA GTX 580 x2.
    RAM: 16 GB DDR3 2000 Mhz x2.

  15. Craig Henshaw 27 February, 2012 at 05:57

    PC

    Case: NZXT Khaos Aluminium Full Tower Case

    MB: Asus P6T7 WS SuperComputer X58 Socket 1366 CEB Motherboard

    CPU: Intel Core i7 Extreme i7 980X 3.33GHz Socket 1366 12MB Cache

    3 x GPU: Gigabyte GTX 580 3072MB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI PCI-E Graphics Card

    6 x RAM: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 2133Mhz Memory Kit CL9

    5 x Solid State Drives: Intel 600GB 320 Series SSD – 2.5″ SATA-II – Read 270MB/s Write 220MB/s – OEM

    Soundcard: Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series Soundcard – PCI-Express

    Speakers: Logitech Z906 Surround Sound 5.1 Speaker System
    3 x Monitors: NEC MultiSync P701 – 70″ Display

    PSU: Corsair Professional Series Gold AX 1200W Modular PSU

    Bluray: LiteOn iHBS112 12x BD-RE with DVD±RW DL & RAM SATA Blu-Ray Drive

    2 x External HDD: Buffalo 6TB DriveStation Duo External Hard Drive – USB 3.0 – 2x3TB Raid

    Watercooling

    CPU Block: Aqua Computer Cuplex XT CPU Waterblock for
    Socket 1156/1366

    Pump: Aqua Computer Aquastream XT Ultra USB 12v Pump
    2 x Radiators: Hardware Labs Black ICE GT Extreme 360 radiator In Black

    19 x Fans: Scythe Gentle Typhoon 120mm 3000rpm Case Fan

    5 x Fan Controllers: AeroCool Touch 1000 Fan Controller – 5.25″ Bay

    lol, I wouldn’t want anything more other than and nice full HD 3D Projector

  16. toby mardlin 17 March, 2012 at 16:15

    @mark gtx 580s don’t support 4k output so you can bin the 4k TVs. 2.5k is as much as they can manage

  17. Richard Elms 30 March, 2012 at 18:39

    I’m not going to google specific hardware to compose my answer to this as regardless it would always end up wrong, my perfect pc is one that is future proof.

    Not so long ago i built myself a gaming pc on a budget of £600, of course it flew through everything i wanted. The feeling of a fresh pc is as enjoyable as a fresh pair of underwear.

    After a while however, that fresh PC runs into old age and with today’s technology .. 1 human year is 50 PC years. Next thing you know you’re sat in worn out underwear wondering why your once speedy youthful computer system is spluttering and chugging away at low graphics.

    Lets hope ebuyer sells underwear too.

  18. claire 2 April, 2012 at 15:49

    Rich and Phill, our judges are in the final stages of judging as we speak so we’ll let you know very soon!

  19. David 2 April, 2012 at 22:01

    I know the competition is over, but I’d like to add mine just for a laugh. I am a flightsimmer. FSX demands CPU, so naturally for my purpose built system I’d place 2 Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Editions on the dual CPU MoBo – the EVGA SR-3 aka the “SR-X”. And, of course, they’d both be overclocked to as close to 5GHz as possible, if not further, aided by a custom built liquid nitrogen cooling system. I rate longevity and lifespan over performance in this case, so I’d keep temperatures to below 45C on load wherever possible.

    Next would come the RAM, well the SR-X can apparently take up to a “Maximum of 96GB of DDR3 1600MHz+”. Faster the better, so let’s get 96GB of that Team Xtreem DDR3 PC3-20800 running at 2600MHz, and of course the timings matter too, so let’s link that up to the freezer and squeeze 3000MHz with lightening fast timings out of the poor sticks.

    When it comes to storage on FSX you need read times to be quicker than speedy gonzales, so, a big SSD you might ask? Nope. Not fast enough for me, how about lots of big SSDs in RAID. I mean, it’s not as if we’ve got lot’s of data that will matter if lost, we can just go out and buy all the software again. I mean, heck! It’s only going to be a fraction of the price of the build. The SR-X has 4 600MB/s SATA 3 ports, so how about 4 Patriot WildFire 240 GB, giving us 960GB in RAID, but the SR-X also has another 4 300MB/s ports so why not add on another 4 3TB WD Caviar Green HDDs for all those HD movies and FLACs that I want to store. So in total we’re talking around 13 TB storage — that should be just about enough! (:

    Graphics are very important, I mean we do need the very best detail on our textures of the grain/dirt on London Heathrow’s runways! 4 EVGA 3GB GTX 580s and a few SLI Bridge cables would come in handy! Link them together and you have a power thirsty request. Might as well set up my own power station at this rate!

    Pee Ess You. Those three letters that represent something that’s going to burn a hole in your pocket! I’m not just talking about the initial cost either!

    Better to be safe than sorry. 2 PSUs are better than 1. Why? — Why not?! haha… 2 Thermaltake ToughPower 1500Ws, which then defines the case as being custom built with room for both PSUs and the big MoBo. Similar size to a server I would say, but with all those pwetty ickle faiwy lights! There would be a push pull system ontop of the liquid nitrogen (which would cool the CPUs, GPUs and RAM) pulling air from beneathe (the case would be about 10cm off the ground), and pushing it up and out. These fans would be about 18″ wide.

    Of course, the system would have bluray drives and the rest. I’d have 10 sets of 3D glasses so my mates and I could watch Avatar, and we’d be watching it on 3 70″ 3D TVs… With a resolution of…. not 1080p. But 2800 x 2100p — I mean it’s not as if 4 580s are going to struggle rendering. FSX would be a dream… This rig would be a dream. But it would also cost the best part of £30,000 if not more!

    Good luck everyone. <3

  20. Roland Boerger 12 April, 2012 at 16:37

    My ultimate gaming dream computer:

    Processor Intel ® Core ™ i7-3960X (6x 3.3 GHz)
    16 GB of RAM
    1120 GB Hard Drive
    Video Card NVIDIA ® GeForce ® GTX580 3072 MB
    Drive 1 Blu-Ray burner (Double Layer)
    Drive 2 DVD burner (Double Layer)
    10/100/1000 Network Card
    Operating System Microsoft Windows ® 7 Home Premium 64-bit
    Hard Drive Type SATA II (300MB / s)
    Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3
    Cooler Master HAF 932
    Power 650 W Power Supply

  21. stephen atkinson 23 May, 2012 at 09:32

    my ultimate pc would be a one that didnt crash out on me when i played games unlike the Ark i am using now not much to ask i dont know much about pc specs but id love to see my games played like there supposed to be

    good luck to all

  22. Jaimie 1 July, 2012 at 20:38

    Hi there,
    it’s been a while. No update on winners? It was going to be announced a long while back, shame there’s been no update.

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