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If you’ve got a pile of money burning a hole in your pocket and want a new rig, this is a good place to be right now. Today we’re looking at the high-end builds for the last System Builders Guide of the year, going from R20,000 to R30,000. There’s even a Haswell-E system in here if you’re interested, but it’s going to empty out your bank account really quickly. Hop on in to commence the drooling!

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For those who were looking for my System Builders Guide for this week, I decided this morning to postpone it to tomorrow. The reason is that I was going to double-check my links and post up the article today, but we have numerous retailers doing these “Black Friday” deals and prices are all completely out of wack for the next 12 hours or so. Because I always aim to be as close as possible to realistic pricing without adding in discounts or rebates, I’m going to have to skip publishing it today. Tomorrow the SBG for the R20,000 to R30,000 price bracket will be up and in December I’m doing the Laptop Buyer’s guide again.

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So, with all the noise about some games being buggy on launch and horribly hard on even the best hardware available, how’s about tainting your Monday with some news that two of this year’s biggest hitters do not properly support dual-core processors? Eh, eh? I bet you’re confused now, but so are a lot of other gamers who bought the games for their systems, only to learn that things weren’t exactly working as they should be. This affects Far Cry 4 and Dragon Age: Inquisition, so follow me after the jump to see what the hell’s going on here.

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Hello, boys and girls, welcome to the System Builders Guide for November. Here we’re going into the mid-range builds, which typically offer you much more bang for your buck and a good deal of performance hidden away behind software sliders and BIOS settings to increase clock speeds. This is the first part of the guide to have a Nvidia Maxwell GPU bringing up the rear and it’s not going to be the last – in the high-end builds, the GTX970 and GTX980 are taking top spots in all manner of benchmarks and tests and it doesn’t seem like Nvidia is going to wait for an reply from AMD. The hurt may start with the GTX980 this year, but remember that it only has a 256-bit memory bus and it’s not the full implementation of Maxwell. There’s another Titan lurking around the corner and I bet it’ll hit the ground before Christmas. On to the builds!

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Hello and welcome, gamers, to the bi-monthly System Builder’s guide, this time for the month of Movember. I took a break from writing the guide as rAge Expo, computer hardware failures and life in general kept on pushing the next version further and further back. We’re into the budget segment for today, concentrating on low-cost setups and value for money. There’s not many real surprises in store for today, although we do see the return of an old favourite that may give you pause and think about sticking to 2-minute Noodles for the rest of the month. Follow me!

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Dun da dadadadada, dan da dadadadada, dan da dadadadada dan. DAAAAN DAAAAN DAAAAN DAN DA DAAAAAAN, DAAAN DA DAAAAAAN. DAAN DAAN DAAAN DA DADAAAN DAN DADAAAN. DUUN DUUN DUUUN DA DADADA DUN DUN, DA DADADA, DUN DUN DUN DA DAAN, DUN DA DAAAAAN. Yeah, you know that this is the new hotness edition of the System Builders Guide. Jump in and see what I’ve got in store for you! If you’ve got a pile of money burning a hole in your pocket and want a new rig, this is a good place to be right now.

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It’s the mid-range System Builders Guide for this week and we’re now seeing something rather strange, namely hiked-up GPU prices on the AMD Radeon camp. That presents a few problems with the smaller budgets and it’s a real headache when it comes to the high-end GPUs. Is something on the way? Is it Tonga? Is AMD preparing price drops? Who knows. All that I know is the price movements have forced another readjustment on my R11,000 build (which never stays in one piece) and on the higher budget which needs to stretch your wallet a bit. Hop in and see what your money could get you this week.

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Hello and welcome, gamers, to the bi-monthly System Builder’s guide, this time for the month of¬†August. I’m publishing this half an hour out from Microsoft’s conference at Gamescom 2014, so it was a bit of a rush to get this done on time. Little has changed in the market since our last version of this guide back in June, although price drops and stock levels have changed the recommendations in some of the builds, most notably the death of the Radeon HD7950 as stock finally filters out from the retail channel. I’m actually thoroughly depressed at that – we won’t see the same kind of face-smashing GPU horsepower for under R3000 for a long time.

I also promise this month to not mope about the prices of AMD’s APUs which SHOULD be a hell of a lot cheaper than they are currently. Anyway, on with the builds!

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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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