Here we go with the fourth and final episode of SM Cyberzone’s PC Masters series presented by ASUS. Kevin Evangelista and Sophy Mapua of BrenPro TV and Pinoy Rig Enthusiast resident expert Alvin Pacheco go all-out with a monster content-creation, streaming, and triple-A gaming build that’ll take on the most demanding tasks without breaking a sweat. In case you missed the previous episodes, you can find the PC Masters Episode 1, Episode 2, and Episode 3 here.
Whys and wherefores
Why put together a gaming rig of this caliber–as a matter of fact, why set up a PC of one’s own instead of buying one off the shelf?
As Kevin says,
“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 also needing to work from home, building your own PC is a fantastic way to fulfill those two activities and maximize your performance per peso.” (PC MASTERS 2021 Ep4, 00:01:37)
And Alvin chimes in:
“Building your own PCs 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 Ep4, 00:01:54)
Take a gander at the team’s spec recommendation for a rig that’ll knock your socks off.
The octa-core Intel Core i7 11700K is brand-new this year and hails from the Rocket Lake family of processors. It showcases 8 cores and 16 threads; has a 16MB cache; runs at 3.6GHz (base frequency) and 5.0GHz (turbo frequency); and also boasts an integrated Intel UHD 750 Graphics Processor. Not only will this processor help breeze through tasks, it’s also a K-model and as such is overclockable, helping ensure that users can eke out more performance from it down the line.
Another thing that will help extend the viability of overclocking the recommended processor is the ROG Strix LC II 210 ARGB cooler. Compatible with Intel and AMD, its key features include a copper CPU block and 7th-generation Asetek pump, Aura Sync Support, and 2x 140mm fan slots. It’s larger than the TUF cooler featured in the previous episode and will allow users to push their rigs even further.
The 32GB T-Force Delta RGB (split into four 8GB sticks) is the way to go for such a full-featured build. This setup will allow users to fill up all the slots in the motherboard with memory.
Speaking of the motherboard, the ROG Strix Z590-E Gaming WiFi is the one to have. New for this year, this motherboard features an Intel Z590 chipset and 128GB maximum supported memory. Special features help with overclocking, high-performance networking, and AI controls all throughout: 2-way AI noise cancellation for mike and headset, AI overclocking and cooling, and AI networking to boot.
The storage recommendations are the SeaGate Firecuda 520 M.2 (1TB)–a drive this massive enables superfast PCIe load times–and the SeaGate Barracuda 4TB SATA HDD, where everything else including stream records, videos to edit, and archive footage gets stored.
For graphics, the team went with the ROG Strix RTX 3070 8G Gaming (8GB GDDR6; 256-bit memory; 5888 CUDA Cores; 1725MHz base clock). This isn’t an ultra-flagship card, but those are super-pricey as of this writing due to the global chip shortage. At any rate, this unit will still handle 1440p to 4K high refresh-rate gaming with ease.
As for the monitor, the team’s recommendation is the eye-catching curved 27-inch ROG Strix XG279Q (2560 x 1440 resolution; 27-in diagonal IPS panel; 170Hz refresh rate; 1ms response time). A key feature is ELMB sync tech to eliminate ghosting and tearing.
Case and Power Supply
A top-shelf gaming build like this deserves a case to match, and the ROG Strix Helios is the team’s choice. Coming in at L: 565mm x W: 250mm x H: 591mm and weighing 18kg, this is a striking case that’ll take pride of place no matter where it’s located. It’s quite full-featured with 2x 3.5in bays, 4x 2.5in bays, and 8x PCI expansion slots (2x PCI vertical expansion slots are optional). This spacious case allows for plenty of airflow and has RGB everywhere you look. As for the power supply, the ROG Strix 750G PSU is the power supply this rig needs.
Rounding out this top-level gaming rig is the ROG Gaming Set is an upgrade from recommendations in past episodes. It incorporates the ROG Claymore II Optical Mechanical Keyboard, ROG Gladius III gaming mouse, Scabbard II gaming mouse mat, and ROG Go Core gaming headset.
An additional recommendation to help ensure top-notch performance is the ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 802.11ax router. With its 11000Mbps Wi-Fi speed and Nvidia GameStream compatibility, the GT-AX11000 is a top choice for gaming.
*SM Cyberzone’s PC MASTERS 2021 Presented by ASUS is a 4-Part Series that aims to impart knowledge on different PC builds.
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