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Dun dun dun duuuuuuuun dun, dun dun dun duuuuuuuun dun, dun dun dun duuuuuuuuuuuuuun dun, dun dun nan duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuun. It’s the last of the System Builder’s guides for this month and we’re into the eye-wateringly high price points where you’d have to contemplate living with close on a year of debt just to afford one of these rigs. Still, this is what PC gamers live for – the ability to pick and choose which components they want and spec out a rig completely when they want it to last as long as possible. Follow me after the jump and see what’s in store for you if you have anything between R20,000 and R30,0000 burning a hole in your pocket. Also, I actually have a recommendation for the R30,000 bracket this time around.

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We’re in with our second-last episode of the System Builders guide for June (delayed slightly thanks to life issues) and we’re once again looking at the mid-range market, where we find our sweet-spot build. Prices are slowly but surely coming down or stabilising and in a few areas they are downright dropping like a stone. If you’re building up your first rig and you have around R16,500 to burn, you might even have a small surprise waiting for you. Hop on in and start drooling!

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I regularly get questions from readers, friends and family about when exactly they should upgrade their computers and I can never give them a straight answer. Recently I received a letter from a reader and I’ll address it today, as well as addressing the same questions that everyone else asks as well.

Dear Mr. Fick

When and how should I upgrade my computer?

Sincerely, 

A Concerned PC Gamer

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Hello and welcome, gamers, to the bi-monthly System Builder’s guide, this time for the month of June. Things are still a bit messy following E3 2014 and many of the NAG staff and contributors are still digesting all the little things that we’ve seen. However, one thing is patently clear from the recent expo – PC gamers will get most of the multi-platform titles and there are several PC-only games that look incredible as well (Civilisation: Beyond Earth, anyone?). Console exclusives may be very tempting, but PC gaming offers a much cheaper spend over time if you’re patient and wait for those flash sales which chop down the prices of new games really quickly. So if you’re looking for a new build this month or are stepping in for the first time, there’s something for everyone.

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In this, our last System Builder’s Guide of the month, we take a look at some pants-sweatingly expensive hardware that most of us could only dream of owning. This time, however, there’s a bit of a twist at the end and it’s all thanks to Intel’s launch of the Haswell-E and LGA2011-3 platform later this year. It throws a spanner in the works when considering my highest-value recommendation and it also makes things a bit uncertain for buyers today eyeing out a X79 system. If you’re shopping anywhere at this level, be sure to check out this week’s episode of the guide to know more about why I think you should wait if you have R30,000 burning a hole in your pocket.

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We’re back with another System Builders guide and this time we’re ducking into the mid-range segment, covering builds between R11,500 and R16,500. Historically this segment of the guide is the least exciting because the hardware doesn’t vary too much. Occasionally there’s a processor change here, a SSD there and a chipset or board change to support new features but overall, the mid-range market is pretty boring. On the GPU side there’s also a performance gap that makes it difficult to spend more than R3000 on a GPU, especially if you’re playing at 1080p. If you want to see how I’ll address that, follow me after the jump!

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The System Builder’s Guide has been around for roughly two years. I started writing this bi-monthly column in March of 2012 and before that I contributed to the System Builder’s thread on the NAG Forums together with JP “Chevron” Dormehl since its inception in 2009. I’ve been writing and compiling these guides ever since and it’s mostly been unchanged in the presentation – a wall of text, some options in green highlights that were linked and a little total at the bottom. Starting from this month to coincide with the April issue of NAG Magazine’s 2014 revamp, I’m switching the look a little bit to something that’s easier to understand and nicer to look at. I can’t promise there won’t be walls of text but I can promise it will be prettier. Follow me after the jump!

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Its a little overdue because things are piling up on me now (a write-up about the GTX Titan Black, a mouse review and a few other planned columns) but here it is, the final episode of the System Builder’s Guide for February. We’re looking at the high-end market again and it’s getting into eye-watering levels now. Unfortunately, it looks like the weaker Rand has affected things even more in the higher-end markets and everything this month sees a big price hike. Some of the price hikes are scary while other components don’t see a lot of change. Ultimately, it means that you’ll have to spend more time debating on which hardware you need and which you’ll actually use and compromise on things a lot more in order to stay under budget.

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Eish! Another System Builder’s Guide! Man, I don’t know about you guys but the drool is beginning to pile up on my keyboard, mostly because I cannot upgrade my rig for at least another year. This week we’re into the mid-range segment where we enter into a price/performance war. Ultimately, R13,000 is still the sweet-spot for most buyers but prices have shifted dramatically in the last two months. Just yesterday I was helping out a fellow NAGling on the forums with a build for R13k and the end result where I’d tried to squeeze out as much as I could resulted in a very compromised build.

That being said, at least the price increases are manageable and I don’t have to raise or go over the budget too much to fit things in properly. Let’s see what we ended up with this week.

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Its time for our System Builders Guide once again and there’s some magic in the air this February – no, it’s not love, but it is lower-priced SSDs. Grabbing a 120GB SSD for your rig has never been easier than now and things are only going to drop lower now. If you’re on the fence about including one in your budget, perhaps this month’s guide will persuade you. Today we’re diving into the budget segments and introducing a new, low-end setup that should squeeze into even the tightest budgets. A shift in the GPU market has also affected many of my builds for better and worse, but I’ll explain why later. Dive in!

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