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2017 Guide: High End Gaming / Workstation PC (Updated)

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If you are a highballer and you use your computer as a workstation and you love playing AAA games, this build guide is for you.

 

The holiday season is coming and a lot of pc gamers and pc enthusiasts are excited to spend their holiday bonus for their next computer project. Some gamers are looking forward to upgrading their PC so they can play the latest games in glorious ultra setting and some people might be using their computers as a workstation and want a work horse.

Building a PC that can deliver to the demands of the games and latest software for work can be really expensive, but if you are prepared to kiss your wallet goodbye for the best possible result, here’s the list of the components that we picked, bought and built just for this guide.

 

Motherboard: ASUS Crosshair VI Hero

This beast motherboard is packed with awesome features and A LOT OF USB Ports. As expected from ASUS ROG motherboards, it’s full of overclocking features which can help you enhance your work and gaming experience. We chose this board mainly because it supports the latest gen of USB ports, user-friendly BIOS and it has some utilities that you might find useful for tweaking your new system and make it more powerful and optimized based on your needs.

 

It’s an ATX motherboard based on X370 chipset and it can support up to 64GB of memory. It has one m.2 slot which is enough for the main storage we chose which is a Samsung 960 Evo 250GB. It also supports NVIDIA 2-Way SLI Technology if one GPU is not enough for you. Also, it has advanced control for fans and water-pump if you want to liquid cool your new system. The inclusion of USB-C front panel connection makes it more future proof because if you upgrade your chassis to a new one that has USB-C on the front panel, the board will be ready to support it.

 

Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 1700

 

Since our goal is to have a balance of gaming + workstation performance, we chose Ryzen 7 1700 for our processor. This processor beats its counterpart from Intel which is the 7700k Kabylake in multi-threaded tests, and although they are similarly priced, 1700 gives you greater value for your money. It also has an amazingly low power draw for an eight-core processor and it’s unlocked giving you the option to overclock the processor for better performance.

 

GPU: Gigabyte Aorus 1080ti Extreme Edition 11GB

 

Although we’d like to have an ASUS Strix 1080ti OC to pair up with our motherboard, we chose to use Gigabyte Extreme Edition 1080ti mainly because the price difference doesn’t justify the minimal performance difference of the ASUS GPU and the Gigabyte one. This GPU based on Pascal architecture is one of the best video cards that your money can buy. It has 3584 of sweet CUDA cores and 11GB of memory. It has OC mode and game mode.

Game mode offers 1607 Mhz base clock and 1721 Mhz boost clock while the OC mode offers an amazing 1632 MHz base clock and 1746 Mhz boost clock. You may use this video card to play any existing AAA games in ultra-setting without any problem.

 

Main Drive: Samsung 960 250GB Evo

 

Since we’re following a theme for the new build which is black and orange, we chose Samsung 960 Evo M.2 250GB for our main storage drive because it has black PCB and Samsung is one of the best manufacturers of SSD when it comes to reliability and speed. Our 3-year-old Samsung 840 Evo is still working as of this writing that’s why we decided to stick with their brand for this build. It boots up our fresh Windows 10 Pro in a matter of seconds. With a max sequential read of 3200 MBps and up to 1500 MBps of sequential write, you will not regret buying this for your high-end rig.

 

RAM, Power Supply, and Cooler: Corsair HX750 Platinum and Corsair H110 GT

 

Corsair was founded in 1994 and it was one of the pioneers of high-performance DRAM and enthusiast-grade PC components. They are one of the best manufacturers of RAMs, Coolers, PSUs, and Fans. You may find their brand in almost every high-end gaming rigs showcase due to the popularity they have gained from their reliable products. The price of their components is a bit higher compared to their competitors but we believe in a saying that “You get what you pay for.” and that’s the reason we chose their brand for this high-end build.

Ok, let’s start with the power supply, the PSU we’ve chosen for this build is Corsair HX750 Platinum because it is designed for overclocking and it’s focused on stability. You will find this power supply efficient enough to support the components that we picked for this build because of its platinum certification.It’s a modular power supply that comes with nice solid black cables.

For the cooler, we picked Corsair H110i Extreme Performance liquid cooler because we’re aiming to overclock and benchmark the processor to get the best possible result for this build. Also, it supports AM4 socket out of the box. It keeps our processor under 25C-30C on idle and during our stress test with Prime95 we only hit the maximum temp of 46.8C (the processor was not overclocked during this test). Needless to say, the cooler paired up with AMD’s 1700 is a match made in heaven.

 

The RAM we’ve picked for this build is Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 2666 White Led because it looks elegant and simple, it also works great and the brand’s name is almost synonymous with the word durable. We were able to hit 2933 Mhz without any problem and we’re planning to add another pair of this RAM for multitasking.

 

Chassis: Phateks Evolv ATX Tempered Glass Edition

 

Since we’re aiming to build a high-end gaming rig we did not compromise and chose one of the best looking chassis available today. This aluminum chassis is absolutely gorgeous and sturdy. Building your dream rig on this chassis is very easy, and it gives you enough room for cable management (1.38 in) and it also comes with a tool box to organize the screws that came with the case. Once you see the box of this chassis, you will immediately notice that you’re spending your money on a premium case.

Conclusion:

This build was made to get the best experience in gaming and work. Although we’d like to build a high-end rig based on Intel platform to test which processor is the best for gaming and other stuff, we have to wait for October 2017 for the release of Intel’s Coffee Lake chips. Aside from the components mentioned above, we’ve added some fans and cable sleeves to make the rig look better, see below the complete specs and price of the components:

  • ASUS Crosshair VI Hero –  P17,150
  • AMD Ryzen 1700 – P16,500
  • Gigabyte Aorus 1080ti Extreme Edition 11GB – P42,000
  • Corsair Vengeance 16GB 2666Mhz White Led – P7,650
  • Samsung 960Evo 250GB – P7,240
  • Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB – P3,790
  • Western Digital Caviar Green – P2,000
  • Phanteks Evolv ATX Tempered Glass – P9,900
  • Corsair HX750 Platinum – P6,950
  • Corsair H110i GT – P6,050
  • Corsair AF140 x 3 – P750 each
  • Cable sleeves from Paulo Tolentino (message him on Facebook)

Price above is based on Dynaquest site and it may vary depending on stocks and demand.

If you are going to build a high-end rig, you might as well check our review on one of the best monitor available as of this writing which is the Acer Predator X34.

 

 

 

 

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