Build 166 – Darkstar: High End Gaming Computer

Darkstar is a high end gaming computer.


Darkstar is a high end gaming computer.

General System Design

This build is designed around a 12-core i7-12700K processor and an RTX 3080Ti 12GB video card.

Software Workload/Customer Need

This customer was looking for a new gaming computer that integrated an existing chassis that they found visually appealing. They enjoyed flight simulators, FPS gaming, and would also be doing video editing.

This build was influenced by Fox 3.

System Spec

Processor (CPU): Intel i7-12700K

CPU Cooler: Fractal Design Celsius S24

Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z690-A GAMING WIFI D4

Memory: Kingston Fury Beast RGB 2x16GB DDR4-3200

Storage (SSD): Kingston KC3000 512GB

Storage (SSD): Kingston KC3000 1TB


Power Supply (PSU): SeaSonic PRIME 1000W 80+ Gold

Case: HP Blackbird

Fans: 3x Corsair ML120 Pro RGB

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Design Rationale

  • The i7-12700K gave the customer a great amount of single-core performance for gaming and editing, and multicore performance for heavily-threaded tasks.
  • To ensure the CPU runs at full speed, liquid cooling with at least a 240mm AIO is recommended. 360mm is better, but didn’t fit in this case.
  • The customer wanted a stable motherboard with a good amount of desktop functionality.
  • The customer wanted at least 32GB of RAM, wanted to save money on last-gen tech, and wanted RGB.
  • The customer was fine with our default storage setup.
  • We recommended the RTX 3080Ti for ideal gaming and editing performance, as well as price.
  • The overall design of the build meant that a 1000W power supply was recommended.
  • We used the existing case, a bit of modding was required to ensure proper airflow.
  • We used our high-end RGB fans to ensure proper airflow and static pressure, customer requested RGB.

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