Gaming PC of the Week: Razed’s Gaming Station

This week we have a very special Gaming PC to share with you. Our resident PC editor JamalR has a powerful battle station unlike any other setup you’ve ever seen before, and he offered to show us around.

Let’s dive into Razed’s Gaming Station and find out why it’s something special.

GameRevolution: How long have you been building PCs? How did you get started?

Jamal: When I was in my early teens, my friends back then were computer hardware enthusiasts and inspired me to get into computing. When it comes to the hardware side of computers, I learned how to do basic tasks like installing RAM or a new GPU, but never really learned how to build a PC from scratch. ‘to two years ago. A friend of mine taught me a lot of things when it comes to building a platform and making sure it looks good and tidy. We built this PC together and the end result exceeded my expectations.

I am also very proud of what I have learned throughout the process. This is my first custom build and has not been pre-built by a manufacturer like I have used in the past. While I don’t have a fancy name for my PC, it was indeed designed to serve as a gaming battle station.

GR: What are the characteristics of your new PC?

J: PCPartPicker link complete with accessories

Monitor: LG 29EA93-P 29 “60 Hz ultra-wide monitor
Case: ATX NZXT H440 mid-tower case (black / red)
Motherboard: Asus X99-DELUXE ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard
Processor: 3.3 GHz 6-core Intel Core i7-5820K processor
CPU Cooling: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM liquid CPU cooler
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 1250W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply
GPU: GeForce GTX 1080 8 GB Founders Edition video card (two-way SLI with HB bridge)
RAM: A-Data XPG Z1 32 GB (4 x 8 GB) DDR4-2400 memory
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250 GB + Western Digital BLACK SERIES 4 TB + Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1 TB + WD Blue 1 TB desktop hard drive
Sound Card: Creative Labs Sound Blaster Zx 24 bit 192 KHz Sound Card
Speakers: Audioengine A2 + Red Limited Edition premium powered speakers (pair)

GR: How did you decide which components to buy?

J: I worked on the majority of this release in late 2014 and my goal at the time was to create the best gaming PC possible for under $ 4000, which led me to do some research to pick the right ones. rooms. Oddly enough, I went for a color-coded build and that ultimately kept me from buying the “best” hardware on the market, unless I wanted to ruin the aesthetics of my rig. While I initially wanted liquid cooling, I didn’t have enough experience to install it properly and instead opted for the Corsair H100i cooler. I bought my own fans for the H100i as I prefer a low dBm level. Everything from the RAM, cables, fans, sound card and even the case lighting is black or red in color, which is the theme of my entire setup. The white X99 motherboard that I have still bothers me, but I remember it was a mandatory purchase at the time.

At the time, I bought two GTX 780 graphics cards. It was my first time running an SLI setup and I fell in love with the increased GPU acceleration. Shortly after I bought the 780s the GTX 980 came out and I used the EVGA throttle program to get my hands on two of them. I used a GTX 980 SLI setup until last month, where I decided to sell both cards and upgrade to two GTX 1080 graphics cards. Currently I’m really enjoying my build and all 2014 hardware holds up. always firmly. Hope I don’t need to trade in my current gear for next year.

GR: What’s your favorite part of setting up your PC?

J: Honestly, the favorite part of my whole PC setup is the 21: 9 aspect ratio monitor. It helps me balance my desk and get things done faster thanks to the extra screen space. I don’t have to minimize every program just to accomplish a minor task. Some games are also displayed with a wider field of view and this can be extremely useful in games such as Dota 2, which does not come with its own adjustable FoV slider. As far as my rig goes, I really like the clean build overall and I think the ambient lighting on the case helps each piece of hardware stand out. I’m not a fan of the messy cables sticking out inside the case. My old rig was a complete disaster when it comes to cable management and I cringe at the idea.

GR: What is the first game you played to test your new material? Have you performed benchmarks?

J: After I received my two GTX 1080s in the mail, the first game I tested was The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and I was pleasantly surprised with the results. Not only was I able to maximize the game with Hairworks on and keep 60 frames per second, I was also able to downsample from 2.00 DSR to 3840 × 1620 resolution.

In addition to testing The Witcher 3, I did some 3DMark tests after I received the HB SLI bridge. You can see the Reference Firestrike Ultra here and the Firestrike 1.1 benchmark here. I think the scores are great but I also know they could be improved if I had to overclock my processor.

GR: What’s your most anticipated PC game?

J: Currently it is Two Ex: Mankind Divided for PC. I’m a huge fan of the cyberpunk genre and really enjoy the Deus Ex games in general. There are a lot of great titles coming to PC this year and I’m excited for the majority of them.

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