Update: Awesome RPS Gaming Rig Winners

What do points mean?

Remember our gaming rig give away in January? It took a little while to pull all the pieces together and get the kits out to our winners. But it was quite a haul – a package including our favourite CPU, motherboard and graphics card combo – and well worth the wait. The lucky so and soes who won have had their booty for a few months now, so we thought we’d drop in and find out what life is like in the pixel-pumping fast lane…

Just to recap – and to give credit where its due from our immensely generous benefactors – the two prize kits contained the following unbeatable gaming goodness:

Intel Core i5-3570K CPU
Asus P8Z77-V PRO Thunderbolt motherboard
PNY Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 graphics

Don’t cry for David
All of which adds up to what remains the sweet spot for gaming grunt. So what of our winners? First, may we introduce David Agustín Dominguez, he of sunny Buenos Aires Province, Argentina. As our overseas winner, we had to leap a few logistical hurdles, negotiate some customs red tape. But eventually, it all arrived.

David’s previous rig was actually far from shabby. Core i5-3450, Asus H61 and Radeon HD 6770 have the makings of a nicely configured mid-range machine. Would the new clobber give his games tangibly more graphical gumption? Over to David:

“The new rig is a lot faster in the graphics department. The new CPU is also faster, too, and I can overclock it now as the new mobo and CPU allow that.

This is David’s serious face

“I’ve tested Crysis 1, Warhead and Crysis 2 and now I can play all of them at 60fps with maximum detail. The new Tomb Raider, Bioshock Infinite and Metro 2033 also run like heaven. I tried Tomb Raider and Metro with my old card and couldn’t keep a steady frame rate unless I turned off AA and DX11 effects.

“I never finished Crysis 2 but now I’m on my way thanks to the new rig. Basically, I can now turn everything up in every game, something that I couldn’t even dream about before.”

Back in Blighty…
A happy customer, I think you’ll agree. And what of our UK winner? We’re kind souls, so we won’t mention names (we know who you are and where you live!), but we haven’t been able to get in touch with our UK winner, save to confirm he got the kit.

Did it go on eBay? Is he simply too busy playing Quake III at 1,700 frames per second? We may never know (but we’d still like to hear – it’s not too late to get in touch!).

Anyway, there you have it. Read RPS and all your games will look awesome. Or something like that. There’s nothing confirmed yet, but as things went pretty smoothly I’ve been giving some thought to another prizetastic give away. So keep your scanners peeled. Last time around it all happened very quickly…


  1. Felix says:

    That’s basically my setup. It does feel great to be able to play games turned up to (DX)11. Just finished Bioshock Infinite, actually. It was amazing.

    Congrats to the winners!

    • Duke Nukem says:


      Thanks RPS and Jeremy as well, not only do they write some of the best articles I ever read, they also gave me a PC that I could only dream of.

      • lunesone says:

        Holy crap, EA screws you Euro guys again. They’re charging a third of that over on the US side of the pond.

      • liquidsoap89 says:

        That comment above me is spam… They’re evolving, too quickly…

        • VengefulGiblets says:

          Huh, sure is. For anyone else who’s curious, just hover your mouse over the supposed YouTube link and you’ll see that it does not actually point to YouTube. It’s some shortened URL that’s apparently an affiliate link to some questionable shopping site.

    • baltasaronmeth says:

      She could have made $47.520! What’s wrong with your neighbours mom?

    • tKe says:

      $16989 last month? at $66/hr? Assuming last month is April, there are 21 working days. That amounts to (16989 / 66) / 21 = 12.25 hours a day. Not what I would call “just working on the internet for a few hours”.

  2. kwyjibo says:

    David should rock a beard.

    • Duke Nukem says:

      That’s my serious face, my Warface ™ sports a beard.

  3. Michael Fogg says:

    wait, I can combine a CPU, a motherboard and some other gizmo and get a long haired leather-clad youth?

  4. The_Hunter says:

    AMD 4 LYFE

  5. Drake Sigar says:

    “Remember our gaming rig give away in January?”


  6. Peter Radiator Full Pig says:

    Just got components like this delivered to my house! In the process of trying to figure out what connects to what.
    It will be the first time I run a modern pc game since 2008 :D

    • Sarigs says:

      And yet it took you like ten months to sort yourself out a replacement mic :-P

      Guess I can’t blame you for ya priorities (Well actually I can and I do!)

  7. golem09 says:

    dx11 is still a no go for my 560 in most cases. Surprised it works only one generation above that.

    Now I’m even more excited to jump straight to the 700 series next year for my consumer oculus.

  8. Koozer says:

    Why do people call them rigs? It makes consumer computers sound like some gargantuan engineering feat, requiring the architect to rivet beams of hardened silicone together, hewn from the purest graphics seams, when in reality building a PC is less complicated than the average LEGO Technic model.

    • jalf says:

      It makes consumer computers sound like some gargantuan engineering feat, requiring the architect to rivet beams of hardened silicone together, hewn from the purest graphics seams

      … that’s why.

    • alm says:

      A bit like calling a guitar an axe?

    • Vorphalack says:

      The significant difference being that if one of your Technic bricks is broken, you don’t have to take the model apart piece by piece until it works, then spend a month fighting a customer service stooge over weather or not your warranty is still valid for a replacement brick.

      • Tams80 says:

        I know we love to discuss the weather, but I never knew we went to the extent of fighting customer service over it…

      • Koozer says:

        I have done the first thing. Bloody tiny 6-tooth gears so easy to miss grumblegrumble.

  9. Persus-9 says:

    Remember our gaming rig give away in January?

    Yep, still hurts, thanks for reminding me. I’m sorry for being a poor loser but what is the point of this article? The winners know they’ve won. The rest of us know we didn’t. The winners have fancy newly upgraded PCs to remind them of their victory. Why do you want to remind the rest of us we didn’t with an article? Personally, my crappy motherboard reminds me I didn’t win this competition more than often enough for my liking.

    • Grygus says:

      This one doesn’t give us much to root for, I admit, but I think the idea is that we’d read about some poor sap running a suboptimal setup, barely able to render Baldur’s Gate, and welcome him into the scintillating Present. We could all be happy for someone like that. Right? I could be. I do agree that hearing that he no longer has to turn off AA, while nice, is not very exciting.

      • Duke Nukem says:

        Well, it’s not only AA that has to be sacrificed to the god of relatively old graphics cards. My monitor is also outdated, which means that I was able to attain playable framerates because I played on 1366*768. Now I’ll be able to buy an HD monitor, which is a big improvement over my old setup.
        Besides, hardware components aren’t cheap here. The Awesome RPS Gaming Rig costs 8000 pesos here, which means that I would have to work four months without spending anything at all in order to afford it (and that’s not possible because I have to pay my rent, my bills, eat and pay the university)

        I had just upgraded from a C2D based setup to the i5 3450 and my credit card is still crying.

        • Persus-9 says:

          Just to be clear: I am happy for you dude. I’m glad the stuff went to someone who needed an upgrade and not just some hardware nut. I hope you find a nice new monitor and have many happy hours gaming on it all. I just also wish never to hear of this competition again. I personally don’t find those to thoughts contradictory.

    • DrMcCoy says:

      Let’s see who has the worst current system, alright? :P

      I’m on an Athlon 64 X2 6000+, with 4GB RAM and a GeForce 8600 GTS.
      And my laptop is a 2005 Medion sporting an Intel Pentium M 1.7GHz, 1GB RAM and an ATI Radeon 9600 M10.

      Your move.

      • Persus-9 says:

        You have the worse desktop but I never said that I needed the upgrade more. I actually upgraded to some decent mid-range kit only two years ago just before I emigrated. I knew parts would be more expensive in my new country and shipping my old computer over would have cost more that it was worth so I thought I’d take the core parts with me and build a new system over there. Then when I got my fancy new motherboard installed in my new build in my new country I found it was faulty. Not fatally so but just enough to be really annoying. If I’d still been in the same country as I bought it I’d have returned but as it is I’ve had to struggle on with it for the past two years.

        Anyway, what gets me isn’t that I needed the upgrade more than Duke/David or you, what gets me is that I answered the question faster than either of you did but the source I checked my answer against had a single digit typo in the name of one of the chips, which I subsequently reproduced in my answer. Jeremy announced that the outside the UK prize had gone to someone who answered the same question I did and I was convinced I’d won. I could see nobody else had the right answer before me but I couldn’t see any fault with my own answer since it checked out against the source I’d found. I spent the next hour nearly jumping up and down in excitement thinking I’d won this awesome kit while I waited for Jeremy to announce the results. Only when he gave the prize to Duke did I realise there was a bloody single digit error in my answer. Obviously I can’t really complain about the competition, I got the question wrong and if I’d been sure of the answer then I wouldn’t have had to check the numbers and I wouldn’t have checked them against a source that contained an error. Nevertheless I was, I think understandably, not a happy bunny that day and found the whole experience profoundly frustrating and I don’t enjoy being reminded of it. That is all.

        • Duke Nukem says:

          Though I really feel bad about what happened with you, I’d like to point out that I sent my answer a few minutes earlier than you (I just checked my email) I hope that this knowledge helps to ease your feelings about the giveaway.

      • alw says:

        I may have got you beat with an Athlon 3000+, 2Gb RAM, although there’s a HD5670 in it which I don’t have major problems with. Oh, and I haven’t turned the computer off for the past week and a half because the hard drive makes a clicking sound when it starts up and you have to kind’ve randomly plug the SATA lead into different sockets until it actually starts. And yup, this is my main desktop..

        • DrMcCoy says:

          Okay, you have me beat there. :P

          But, I have to point out that I normally don’t power down my system. The fan on my graphics card has problems getting started, and seeing my GPU temperatur rise to 120°C doesn’t really make me happy.
          I did power it down last Thursday because my soundcard (yes, I still prefer dedicated soundcards to onboard sound), a Terratec DMX XFire 1024, died on me that night.

          To be fair, I’m more of a coder than a gamer, so I don’t actually need a big gaming system anyway. Also, I’m running GNU/Linux since 2000. :)

      • plaYer2k says:

        And i got an old AMD Athlon 2800+ XP with 1GB ram C:

        Sadly bad hardware doesnt count here. I would be extremely happy to even have that “old pc” xD

        • notonfire says:

          Hey, me too. And AGP graphics to boot. At least I have 64-bit, for all the good it does me.

          Thanks to the explosion of lo-fi indie games, I can probably put off an upgrade indefinitely.

    • sonson says:

      Aww poor you. That’s like one of them stories off X Factor.

      • Persus-9 says:

        Thanks for being so kind and supportive. You’re a true saint.

        • sonson says:

          You’re welcome. You’ll make it to Hollywood one day mista, I just know you will!

          • Persus-9 says:

            Why do you think the world needs your snide remarks?

          • dragonfliet says:

            Persus-9: the same reason you think that the world needs you whinging about how unfair it was that you got the answer wrong and someone else won.

    • AbyssUK says:

      Persus-9, i understand your pain I myself was minutes off the UK prize even after a few thousand guesses :)… however I like finding out what happened in the end… I was starting to think RPS had just made the whole thing up :P Kind of like finding out an ex is now happily married to a rock star or something…

  10. derf says:

    What happened to the winner of that free MoW:AS copy?

  11. Gap Gen says:

    I’ve been to Guildford and it’s sort of crazy; everyone is involved in the gaming industry, and half the town is generally out at sea working on the offshore gaming rigs. Unsure what’ll happen when the deposits of gaming in the North Sea run dry, but I suppose that’s a problem for the future when we finally reach Peak Gaming and have to innovate to tap previously unreachable gaming.

    • Koozer says:

      I’m putting my hopes into indie farms. Sure, they might be lower energy, but we can have so many of them!

      • Gap Gen says:

        Yes, I’m hoping the indie gaming market can wean itself off its dependence on offshore platformers.

  12. PopeRatzo says:

    Can I have David’s old rig?

    • Duke Nukem says:

      It’s now part of my brother’s PC. He went from an Athlon II X2 240 and a 4830 to my “old” rig.

      • El_Emmental says:

        I hope it will allow you to play some co-op or multiplayer game with him :)

        I had a blast playing MP games with my brother (Starcraft, Red Orchestra, mods, etc), same with impromptu mini-LANs with friends dropping by (TF2, Killing Floor, etc)(but for that you need the 2 PCs to be in the same house/flat).

        • Duke Nukem says:

          It does :)

          I’ve been playing co-op games with my brother since a long time, and he also needed a PC upgrade because he does some scripting for the MTA project.

          • Revolving Ocelot says:

            Blast, I was going to ask what your brother’s PC was. I’m stuck with a Athlon II X2 255 and Radeon HD4850 here.

            Oh well, the search for something to scrounge continues!

  13. PancreaticDefect says:

    At first I was jealous of the winners then I realized I already own a similar setup (EVGA GTX 670 SC, GTX 560ti for PhysX and an i7 3930K). Although I bet my wife would have appreciated the upgrade.

  14. callmeclean says:

    Thought I may as well list my system since everyone else was. It is an OEM model built by HP so it has a few annoyances like the beats audio system, but it is a pretty good gaming computer.

    Intel Core i7 3770
    – 3.4 GHz

    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580
    – 1.5 GB onboard memory

    Here is its product page link to h20000.www2.hp.com

    It can’t run Bioshock: Infinite on Ultra in what I would consider a playable state. I am not that knowledgeable on computer components, but I was thinking it should of been able to do that.

    • overgrownpath says:

      That’s weird. I can run Infinite on ultra on my GTX570 perfectly fine at 1080p. What resolution are you using?

    • Shadowcat says:

      Well what do you even define as “playable”? I’ve seen people refer to 25fps as an “unplayable” frame-rate in recent years, which is utterly hilarious (a number like that used to represent the ultimate in smoothness, and people with significantly lesser hardware were managing to play the games just fine), so it’s really impossible to know what anyone means by a statement like that unless they quantify it.

      Also, what kinda of hardware was the target for the “Ultra” settings in that game? There’s a (to me) bizarre tendency for people to assume that they can just go ahead and crank everything up to maximum, as if that’s the setting which was designed for them personally. (Although after the way that Crytek got lambasted for having the nerve to future-proof Crysis, I’m surprised if developers aren’t restricting settings like those to a text config file, to stop people from using them without at least having to think about it).

      • callmeclean says:

        I am running at 1080p.

        I suppose I should run a test to see what sorta FPS I find playable in infinite. When playing on lower settings the game gets quite slow in certain areas as many other people experience with it. When I play on Ultra, most of the time it runs at that sort of slowness, making it really hard to aim which is what I would consider unplayable. What is considered a playable FPS would change between games as well as people, like I would consider quake 3 playable at a much lower FPS than Infinite.

        I don’t know specific system requirements for the Ultra settings. It’s just that I have seen quite a few people running it / claiming to run it all on ultra at 1080p with systems that are both in the graphics and cpu departments lower than mine. I didn’t really feel annoyed or cheated when it didn’t run to my standards on Ultra, just a bit surprised since as I said other lower systems seemed to be having no trouble.