Build 167 – The Contender 5: Game Development Workstation

The Contender 5 is a workstation designed for game development.


The Contender 5 is a game development workstation.

General System Design

This build is designed around a 12-core i7-12700K processor and an RTX 3070Ti 8GB video card.

Software Workload/Customer Need

This customer needed a powerful new workstation to handle their growing professional workload. This system is designed in particular for Unreal Engine, Blender, Maya, and Steam.

This customer also purchased The Contender.

System Spec

Processor (CPU): Intel i7-12700K

CPU Cooler: Fractal Design Celsius S36

Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z690-F GAMING WIFI

Memory: Kingston Fury Beast 2x16GB DDR5-4800

Storage (SSD): Kingston KC3000 512GB

Storage (SSD): Kingston KC3000 1TB


Power Supply (PSU): Enermax Revolution DF 850W 80+ Gold

Case: Corsair 4000D Airflow

Fans: 3x Noctua NFF12 PWM Black

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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, air cooling with dual-tower cooler is recommended. We used a 360mm AIO because the air cooler interfered with the motherboard.
  • The customer wanted a stable motherboard with a good amount of desktop functionality.
  • The customer wanted at least 32GB of RAM, and didn’t want last-gen tech.
  • The customer was fine with our default storage setup.
  • We recommended the RTX 3070Ti for gaming and editing performance.
  • The overall design of the build meant that a 850W power supply was recommended.
  • We used our default mid-tower case to fit the build.
  • We used our default fans to ensure proper airflow and static pressure.

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