I completed building this PC late last year. It was a fresh build featuring a 3070 Ti GPU, an AMD 5800X processor, and 32GB DDR4 RAM, among other parts. Coming from a noisy PS4 pro and an older PC with a GTX 1050Ti, the upgrade was literally game-changing.
The rig was a big step up from my previous model and came just in time for Elden Ring. The high performance also encouraged me to revisit my other favorite Soulsborne titles- Sekiro and Dark Souls where I was able to enjoy them in their entirety, all on max settings.
Ultimately, the whole thing was a bit pricey (especially considering video card prices). But overall I felt it was a good investment that would last me over the next few years.
My Computer Hardware
Case: NZXT H7 Flow
Motherboard: ASUS Prime B550-PLUS
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800X Processor
GPU: GeForce RTX 3070 Ti – 8GB
Memory: 32GB DDR4-3200 T-FORCE RGB RAM
SSD: 1TB Samsung 970 EVO PLUS M.2 NVMe SSD
Cooling: NZXT Kraken X73
PSU: Corsair RM750x
Fan Control: NZXT RGB & Fan Controller
Monitor: Gigabyte M27Q 27″
Headphones: Razer Barracuda X
Keyboard: Logitech G105 wired keyboard
Mouse: Logitech prodigy G203
OS: Windows 11
Computer Case- NZXT H7 Flow
The NZXT H7 Flow doesn’t scream ‘gamer’ at first glance. It has a boxy design with a glass side panel and no RGB lighting. This may be uninspiring to some, but it’s precisely why I went for it. I appreciate subtlety, and the lack of flashy lighting and typical gamer aesthetics makes the H7 Flow subtle enough for my liking.
Otherwise, the case performs pretty well. It is airflow-focused, i.e., designed to deliver airflow that keeps the temps as low as possible. It does this with the help of a fully vented front, which I don’t like the look of, but I’m willing to endure for the sake of the thermal performance.
The case’s stock 120mm fans are pretty impressive too. They move enough air to keep the case cool without whining about it. However, I swapped them out in favor of Noctua NF- S12B Redux fans as soon as I realized I could get better performance.
The motherboard tray is good enough, and everything fits in nicely. Behind it are two pre-installed SSD sleds (two more come in-box) and a 3-5 inch hard drive cage.
My other favorite thing about this case is the cable management. Its relatively wide cable channels allowed me to sort the cables pretty quickly.
Motherboard- ASUS Prime B550-PLUS
The ASUS Prime B550 is a decent motherboard. There’s nothing particularly remarkable about it but also nothing worth complaining about. It comes with 2x M.2 connectors and 2x PCle x16 PCI connectors, one of which has a steel shield.
However, one thing that might push me to get an upgrade is the fact that its cooling system isn’t powerful enough to allow for overclocking.
Processor (CPU)- AMD Ryzen 7 5800X Processor
As a long-time AMD admirer, picking the AMD Ryzen 7 5800B X processor was a no-brainer. It’s the first processor to feature AMD’s redesigned Zen3 architecture, which means it performs exceptionally well in gaming. Not to mention, it’s cheaper than the Intel equivalent.
CPU Cooler- NZXT Kraken X73
The NZXT Kraken X73 is a great liquid cooling solution. For starters, it was easier to install than I had initially thought. It also delivers incredible performance, which keeps the CPU within the recommended temperature range even when playing demanding games.
Video Card (GPU)- GeForce RTX 3070 Ti – 8GB
Finding a GPU in the middle of a semiconductor shortage was a headache. I eventually got my hands on a 3070 Ti two months after it launched, albeit at a slightly higher price than the MSRP. It has been a worthy investment though, averaging 145 fps when playing Warzone at 1440p.
I’m a big Soulbourne fan. And while these games are locked at 60 fps even in the most powerful system, having that extra juice felt nice.
Power Supply (PSU)- Corsair RM750x
I’m a big fan of Corsair, and have felt they’ve always offered reliable parts, so I decided to go with the Corsair RM750x. With a maximum DC output of 750W, it’s more than enough for my system. In addition, it comes with a quiet magnetic levitation fan that (supposedly) boosts its reliability.
The PSU has a ten-year warranty. It is also fully modular, which makes for a much cleaner build.
Computer Case Exhaust Fan- Noctua NF-S12B
From my research, Noctua offers the best-performing fans. Their case fans are very efficient and dead quiet. So, replacing my case’s stock fans with two 120 mm, Noctua NF-S12B Redux fans was a great decision. Grant replaced one of his case fans with a Noctua one, too, in his computer.
Computer Mouse- Logitech Prodigy G203
I got this mouse way before completing my build. But I held on to it since it’s a nice, comfy mouse with excellent performance. This makes it the only component in my build with RGB illumination.
It has six programmable buttons and lets you define four sensitivity levels between 200 and 8000 DPI.
Keyboard- Logitech G105 wired keyboard
The Logitech G105 is a great wired keyboard. With six programable keys, backlit keys, and a nice, solid build, its overall performance is satisfactory. However, I think I will be upgrading to a mechanical keyboard soon. (Razer Blackwidow here I come).
Headphones- Razer Barracuda X
The Razer Barracuda X is an excellent headset for gaming. It delivers clean audio and has a reliable mic, more than enough battery life, and solid wireless connectivity. I also really like that it had a comfortable and lightweight design.
Monitor- Gigabyte M27Q 27″
I’ve always wanted a monitor above the standard 60Hz refresh rate, so I splurged a little and went with the Gigabyte M27Q. It has a resolution of 2560 X 1440 and a 170Hz refresh rate, and I was really surprised that I could actually tell the difference between 60Hz and 170Hz. Worth it? Definitely.
After all costs were factored in, the build went a little over my initial budget. But since I work from home and use it every single day, I figured it was a good investment. Not to mention, building your own PC is great because if a part goes bad, you can just replace it. No arguing over warranties, waiting for tech support, or anything like that.
CJ is a lifelong gamer and computer enthusiast, and he enjoys getting the most out of his hardware, peripherals, and games. Research is just a part of the process, and CJ loves to share what he learns. More recently, CJ has fallen in love with the world of blockchain and decentralized finance.