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HWZ.MY gaming week: How much gaming can you get for your budget?

By John Law - 27 Oct 2016

The RM9,000 build (the high-end monstrosity)

The RM9,000 build (the high-end monstrosity)
Intel Core i7-6700K RM1,463

Gigabyte GTX 1080 Extreme Gaming / ASUS GTX 1080 OC Strix Gaming / 2x Sapphire NITRO+ RX 480 OC

RM3,649 / RM3,699 / RM2,738

ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming Aura

RM820

Corsair Vengeance CMU 3200MHz 16GB (2x 8GB)

RM536

Samsung 850 EVO 500GB

RM731

WD Black 2TB

RM541

Corsair AX860

RM956

CM Mastercase5 PRO

RM599

With the Gigabyte GTX 1080 Extreme Gaming  : RM9,295

With the ASUS GTX 1080 OC Strix Gaming  : RM9,525

With 2x Sapphire NITRO+ RX 480 OC    : RM8,384

So we’ve shown you the build you can get for both an entry-level and midrange budgets. So then, the question is, what sort of high-end PC can you get for about RM9,000?

For RM9,000, you can choose this...

Or this...

Or two of these cards.

For that price, you can get yourself the latest Intel Core i7-6700K, the company’s top-of-the-line CPU. For graphics output, you’re practically spoilt for choice between a GeForce GTX 1080 from Gigabyte and ASUS. As many of you know, this card is capable of running many triple A video game titles at 4K without a hitch.

Alternatively, you can opt to future-proof your PC with a CrossFire configuration with two units of the Radeon RX 480, which as we’ve proven in our review with the cards, are just as powerful as one of NVIDIA’s second most powerful consumer-grade graphics card.

We were considering the option of listing down Intel’s Extreme processors and motherboards as a choice in this category, but ultimately decided against it simply because the price to performance ratio of these particular component are just not economical, and usually these components are used by hardcore overclockers.