Build 73 – Black Raider: 1440p/144hz Gaming Computer

Black Raider is a 1440p/144hz gaming computer.


Black Raider is a 1440p/144hz gaming computer.

General System Design

This build is designed around an 8-core Ryzen 7 3800X processor and a GTX 1080Ti 11GB video card.

Software Workload/Customer Need

This customer was looking to upgrade their existing 1440p/144hz gaming computer to something more powerful would last a long time and be easily upgraded over time.

We reused the existing GTX 1080TI 11GB video card, the customer provided us with Windows 10 and their own 10G NIC.

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System Spec

Processor (CPU): AMD Ryzen 7 3800X

CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock 4

Motherboard: Gigabyte X570 AORUS PRO WIFI

Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 2x16GB DDR4-3200

Storage (SSD): Samsung 970 EVO 1TB NVME


Power Supply (PSU): Corsair RM850x

Case: Fractal Design Meshify S2

Fans: 6x Phanteks PH-F120MP

NIC: Mellanox Connect-X3 2xQSFP QDR VPI

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Design Rationale

  • The Ryzen 7 3800X gave the customer a good amount of single-core performance for gaming, and multicore performance for heavily-threaded tasks.
  • To ensure the CPU runs at full speed, air cooling with at least a single-tower cooler is recommended, dual-tower is preferred. Liquid cooling is more powerful, but not necessary.
  • The customer wanted a stable motherboard with a good amount of desktop functionality.
  • The customer wanted at least 32GB of RAM.
  • The customer was fine with a single drive storage setup.
  • The customer wanted to reuse their existing hybrid-cooled GTX 1080Ti. They were local, so this accommodation was very easy to do.
  • The overall design of the build meant that a 850W power supply was recommended.
  • We used an extended mid-tower case to fit the build.
  • We used our default fans to ensure proper airflow and static pressure.
  • The customer had a high-end network card that they wanted to reuse.

Customer Review

“I tasked Chris and the Top Flight Computers team with upgrading my ancient 1440p/144hz gaming computer, centered around a old Intel CPU and a GTX 1080Ti.

Chris collected my requirements in detail, and very professionally handled the quoting process once he designed a system suited to my requirements. Throughout the entire process, Chris and was extremely communicative and was clear on where we were in the process.

As an added bonus, he live-streamed the building of my computer so I could watch his team work, which was fun and enlightening.

Overall, my experience with Top Flight Computers was excellent, and I highly recommend reaching out to Chris if you are ready for an upgrade. You won’t regret it!”

Connor, Durham NC

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