Late last year Intel came to us with an interesting proposition: using Haswell CPUs and Intel SSDs, we had to come up with four of our best system builds. Each build would be targeted at a slightly different type of user and budget, but all are aimed at folks looking to overclock. With the component list assembled, Intel went out, got all of the parts we selected and agreed to give away the bundles to AnandTech readers.

Today's giveaway is the last full system we've got, and it's easily the best one we've done. These systems are purely parts bundles, you'll have to assemble them yourself. Literally everything here was picked by Jarred and Ian as what they'd build if given these budgets.

For our final post Intel wanted removed all restrictions and asked us to build our ideal system around a Haswell Core i7. Our last gaming Core i7 ended up around $2000, but if we aim for the sky the total build cost almost doubles. While our last configuration was a good generational upgrade, this is a build for those who like to go all out.

For our top system build, the recent mêlée of graphics card releases from team red and team green have given us a lot to consider. From Ryan’s reviews, both sides are performing at the top of their game, and it is all a tradeoff of performance against heat and noise, which some users might not mind (read our R9 290X review and GTX 780 Ti review for more information). The heart of our top system build then is a pair of NVIDIA GTX 780 Ti graphics cards in SLI, which should handle pretty much everything that is thrown at them in a single monitor, and perform pretty well in any multi-monitor or 4K setup. The rest of the setup is as follows:

Core i7 Performance System
Component Description Price
CPU Core i7-4770K
Quad-core, 3.5-3.9GHz, 8MB L3, 84W
Motherboard Gigabyte Z87X-OC $185
GPU 2 x GeForce GTX 780 Ti (SLI) $1400
Memory Avexir 4x8GB DDR3-2400 C10 Orange $320
Primary Storage Intel SSD DC S3500 800GB $980
PSU Enermax Platimax EPM1000EWT 80 PLUS Platinum $280
Case Corsair Carbide Air 540 $140
CPU Cooler Corsair H110 $118
Total   $3743

The CPU and SSD were sourced from Intel so we went straight in with the top of the line i7-4770K CPU and an 800GB model of the S3500 SSD. The CPU offers some headroom with overclocking, so to make it easy we decided on a Corsair H110 closed-loop liquid cooler rather than a large air cooler in order to make the build tidy, slightly quieter on the CPU side, and to provide a good amount of cooling to the CPU, allowing users to at least push a few more MHz out of it. We pushed for the Carbide Air 540 too, which offers separate sections of the case for all the heat generating hardware (CPU/GPU) and another compartment for everything else.

The S3500 SSD is Intel’s largest consumer grade solid state drive, using 20nm MLC NAND and being a direct derivative of the S3700, the enterprise counterpart. (Note: this Giveaway was started before the launch of the SSD 730 series.) With money-no-object in our SSD choice, it was obvious what to choose. On the motherboard side, we went with one of the several models that have stood out on the Z87 platform that has been reviewed at AnandTech. The GIGABYTE Z87X-OC received our Silver Editors’ Choice Award for its overclocking options at its price point, which has come down since review from $200 to $185.

In order to maintain some form of consistency in color scheme for the top end build, the orange styled motherboard is paired with memory with orange lights, which come from Avexir. We are using a full 32GB kit of DDR3-2400 C10, which in our Haswell Memory Scaling review was on the nice boundary of performance and price. Some news out on the blogosphere is pointing at games like Battlefield 4 enjoying some higher performing memory, so the 2400 MHz aspect should aid performance there. To top off the build, we plunged for the Enermax Platimax 1000W Platinum power supply – the rest of the hardware should draw no more than about 650W total (coming from Ryan’s power testing of 780 Ti in SLI on X79) so 1000W gives plenty of headroom for the winner to overclock the CPU and GPUs.

If you're as excited about what's in the table above as we are, go ahead and enter the sweeps. We've got one of these bundles to give away!

To enter the giveaway please leave a comment below (please only post one). As with all of our giveaways, this is only open to US residents with US mailing addresses. Unfortunately this is a legal requirement as each country/territory requires its own set of rules in order to be in compliance. Good luck!

Entries will be accepted from 9:00 AM ET on 3/20/2014 through 9:00 AM ET on 3/27/2014. We will draw 1 winner(s) who will be selected by 3/31/2014.

Official Rules and Regulations for AnandTech Sweepstakes
No Purchase Required to Enter or Win

Upon entering any contest, sweepstakes, or promotion (a “Promotion”) offered by (the “Site”), a website owned and operated by AnandTech, Inc. (“AnandTech”), you must agree to the following Official Rules and Regulations (the “Rules”) as well as any additional rules governing a specific Promotion that AnandTech publishes on the Site.



  1. Eligibility.  Promotions are open to entrants who are 18 years of age or older at time of entry, and a legal resident of the United States (excluding Puerto Rico).  Entries are limited to individuals only who are not presently banned from AnandTech’s website or comments section; commercial enterprises and business entities are not eligible.  Directors, officers, employees, contractors, and agents of AnandTech (excluding volunteer AnandTech forum moderators) and members of their immediate families (spouses, parents, siblings, and children) are not eligible.  Subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.  Void where prohibited.  Participation constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Rules and AnandTech’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters relating to a Promotion.
  2. Entry Period.  Each Promotion will contain a specific time period within which entries will be accepted (a “Promotion Period”).   The Promotion Period for this Promotion shall run from 9:00 AM ET on 3/20/2014 through 9:00 AM ET on 3/27/2014.  Only entries received during the Promotion Period will be accepted. 
  3. How to Enter.  Each Promotion will describe an entry procedure.  AnandTech is not responsible for lost, late, illegible, stolen, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible, misdirected, technically corrupted or garbled entries, which will be disqualified, or for problems of any kind whether mechanical, human or electronic.  Proof of submission will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by AnandTech.  All entries must be in English. Individuals are automatically entered in this Promotion by signing up for AnandTech’s Comments at and posting a reply to this post. If randomly selected as a winner individuals must provide full name, complete mailing address, telephone number, AnandTech user name and birth date within 3 days of being contacted.
  4. Limits on Entry.  An individual may enter a Promotion once only.  The use of any automated launching or entry software or any other means that permits an entrant to automatically enter repeatedly or in excess of the entry limitations is prohibited. 
  5. Prizes.  Winning a gift, prize, or other promotional item (a “Prize”) in a Promotion is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements in these Rules.  Winners will be selected in a random drawing of eligible entries received during the Promotion Period.  AnandTech will notify Prize winners using the contact information provided in the winning entry.  Failure to claim a Prize by the time or in the manner specified in the particular Promotion will invalidate any claim to the Prize.  Prizes are not transferable.  The odds of winning a Prize or the Grand Prize depend on the number of entries received by AnandTech.  TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, ALL PRIZES ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” AND ARE NOT EXCHANGEABLE FOR FAIR MARKET VALUE.  TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, ANANDTECH DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES WITH RESPECT TO THE PRIZES, INCLUDING THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. For this Promotion, 1 winner(s) will be selected by 3/31/2014 and will each receive a Intel Core i7 System described above (“Grand Prize”).  The Total U.S. Retail Value of the Grand Prize is $3743.  The Grand Prize may not be substituted for cash.  The Grand Prize winner will be solely responsible for all applicable taxes, fees, and surcharges associated with receipt and/or use of the Grand Prize.  After the Grand Prize winner has been notified and has complied with all applicable Rules, AnandTech will post the Grand Prize winner’s name on this website.
  6. Publicity.  The winner of a Promotion agrees to allow AnandTech to use his or her name, photograph, likeness, voice, prize information, and biographical information for publicity and promotional purposes without further compensation where permitted by law.
  7. Governing Law.  These Rules and all Promotions are governed by and controlled by the laws of the State of North Carolina, without reference to the applicable choice of law provisions. All actions, proceedings or litigation relating hereto will be instituted and prosecuted solely within Wake County, North Carolina. By entering a Promotion, entrants consent to the jurisdiction of the state courts of North Carolina and the federal courts located within North Carolina with respect to any action, dispute or other matter pertaining to or arising out of that Promotion.
  8. General Terms.  Any failure by an entrant, including any prize winner, to comply with any of the Rules or the Site’s Terms, Conditions and Privacy Information may result in disqualification from the Promotion.  All entries, whether they are eligible entries or ineligible entries, are the exclusive property of AnandTech.  AnandTech is not responsible for any typographical errors in the Rules or in any other communication surrounding a Promotion or for any technical malfunction or error relating to the Promotion.  AnandTech reserves the right to amend or interpret the Rules at any time, upon published notice to participants on its website.  Promotion participants agree to release, indemnify, and hold harmless AnandTech and its directors, officers, employees and agents from any and all liability regarding the Promotion, including any injuries, losses, or damages (compensatory, direct, incidental, consequential, or otherwise) regarding the use or misuse of any Prize, any event beyond AnandTech’s control resulting in the disruption, cancellation, or postponement of the receipt of the Prize, or any typographical errors or technical malfunctions associated with the Promotion.  AnandTech reserves the right to disqualify any entry that it, in its sole discretion, determines (i) to be in violation of the Rules, (ii) submitted by fraud or by tampering with the entry process, or (iii) contains inaccurate or fraudulent information.  ANY ATTEMPT BY ANY INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE PROMOTION IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS.  IN THE EVENT SUCH AN ATTEMPT OCCURS, ANANDTECH RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.


Comments Locked


View All Comments

  • jfarris0026 - Thursday, March 20, 2014 - link

    I want it!
  • ydeer - Thursday, March 20, 2014 - link

    I’d rather have a Haswell rMBP review…
  • brentK - Thursday, March 20, 2014 - link

    This is the best one yet.
  • vol7ron - Thursday, March 20, 2014 - link

    never won, but would like to
  • ziloxcy - Thursday, March 20, 2014 - link

  • rayjay1359 - Thursday, March 20, 2014 - link

    me too
  • x15360 - Friday, March 21, 2014 - link

    I concur
  • bowsky05 - Friday, March 21, 2014 - link

  • joeybuddy96 - Saturday, March 22, 2014 - link

  • satoruu - Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - link

    Nice system to have. I want it, too!

Log in

Don't have an account? Sign up now