Hey, Valorant players—might you be up to build a Valorant-focused PC?
For Episode 3, Pinoy Rig Enthusiast resident expert Alvin Pacheco rejoins Kevin Evangelista and Sophy Mapua of BrenPro TV recommends components to go into a Valorant-optimized build and put one such build together for viewers.
Why A Valorant-Specific Build?
Alvin, Kevin, and Sophy start out by justifying the decision to construct a Valorant-specific build.
Kevin puts it succinctly:
“We know that the majority of the population is stuck indoors because of the current pandemic. And due to us wanting to stay entertained with media and games and—of course, Valorant—and needing to work from home, building your own PC is a fantastic way to fulfill those needs and maximize your performance per peso.” (PC MASTERS 2021 Ep3, 00:01:20)
Alvin concurs, adding,
“… building your own PC offers a lot of advantages over buying pre-built desktops or laptops. But the major one is customization. You’re buying every part separately to build yourself. So you can fine-tune your PC to be hugely useful for you. Need your PC for photo and video editing? [Get] a strong CPU and lots of RAM to blaze through Photoshop and Premiere Pro. Want to game at full graphics settings? Get a beefy GPU. And if you want to do all those on extended periods of time, watercool it.” (PC MASTERS 2021 Ep3, 00:01:38)
Here are the components they used to put together their special build.
The Intel Core i5 10400 boasts 6 cores, 12 threads; a 12MB cache; a 2.9GHz Base Frequency and 4.3GHz Turbo Frequency; and an integrated Intel UHD 630 Graphics Processor. The i5 10400 provides a lot of turbo room for the processor—crucial since Valorant is a CPU-intensive game. Also, going with the 10th-gen i5 instead of the current one is fine; said i5 is almost as good performance-wise as the newer model, and helps save money to spend on the other components.
The TUF Gaming LC 240 RGB AIO Liquid Cooler features a copper CPU block and aluminum radiator; 380mm tube length; 2 x 120mm fan slots; Aura Sync support; Intel and AMD compatibility; and a 5-year warranty. This choice of cooler ensures that the processor can stay cool and healthy even in the midst of a vigorous game.
The 16GB T-Force Night Hawk RGB, split into two 8GB sticks, is an optimal choice for this build. Investing in this much RAM ensures that Valorant players won’t experience memory issues while playing.
Go for an optimal combination of the SeaGate Barracuda 510 M.2 (500GB SSD) for fast load times and the SeaGate Barracuda 2TB SATA HDD for saving all the clips from Valorant streams.
Get the TUF Gaming B560M-Plus WiFi (Intel B560 Chipset; 128GB maximum supported memory). The B560M has useful special features like 2-way AI noise cancellation to reduce background noise from the microphone and audio output, and DTS Custom audio (special surround sound) for gaming headsets.
The graphics pick is the TUF GeForce GTX 1660 Super (6GB GDDR6; 192-bit memory; 1408 CUDA Cores; 1815MHz base clock, 1845MHz boost clock; 1x DVI-D, 1x HDMI 2.0BF, 1x DisplayPort 1.4). This build won’t be needing an RTX card; the GTX 1770 will be more than adequate for this application.
We go for the ASUS TUF VG27WQ1B (2560 x 1440 resolution; 27-in diagonal IPS panel; overclockable to 165Hz refresh rate; 1ms response time). This is a striking edge-to-edge monitor that’s fast enough even for pros.
The TUF GT301 is an excellent choice. It looks quite rugged and badass and is pretty full-featured: 2x 3.5in bays, 5x 2.5in bays, 7x PCI expansion slots. Dimensions are L: 426mm x W: 214mm x H: 482mm. This case allows for plenty of options for airflow, and space for cable management and upgrades too.
A case like the GT301 needs a power supply to match, and the powerful and capable TUF 650B is one such unit.
Rounding out this selection are a slew of peripherals: the TUF K3 mechanical keyboard, TUF M3 gaming mouse, TUF P3 square mousepad, and TUF H3 wireless gaming headset.
*SM Cyberzone’s PC MASTERS 2021 Presented by ASUS is a 4-Part Series that aims to impart knowledge on different PC builds. Visit other parts of the series to learn more:
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