Build 20 – The Racers Edge: 1440p/144hz Gaming Computer

The Racers Edge is a 1440p/144hz gaming computer.


The Racers Edge is a 1440p/144hz gaming computer.

General System Design

This build is designed around a 6-core i7-8700K processor and a GTX 1080Ti 11GB video card.

Software Workload/Customer Need

This customer was looking for a new powerful 1440p/144hz gaming computer that would last a long time and be easily upgraded over time. This build was designed specifically for iRacing.

After a house flood, this build eventually became Pit Stop.

System Spec

Processor (CPU): Intel i7-8700K

CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i v2

Motherboard: MSI Z370 SLI Plus

Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 2x8GB DDR4-2400

Storage (SSD): Samsung 860 EVO 500GB

Storage (HDD): Western Digital Black 1TB

Video Card (GPU): EVGA GTX 1080Ti 11GB FTW3

Power Supply (PSU): EVGA SuperNOVA G2 650W

Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Tempered Glass

Fans: 10x Corsair ML120 Pro LED White

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Design Rationale

  • The i7-8700K gave the customer a great amount of single-core performance for gaming, 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. A 360mm AIO would be preferred for a higher-end CPU.
  • The customer wanted a stable motherboard with a good amount of desktop functionality.
  • The customer wanted at least 16GB of RAM, 32GB was an easy upgrade.
  • The customer was fine with our default storage setup.
  • The customer was fine with our recommended video card.
  • The overall design of the build meant that a 650W power supply was recommended.
  • We used a bigger mid-tower case to fit the build.
  • We used our high-end white (not RGB) fans to ensure proper airflow and static pressure.

Customer Review

“I commissioned Top Flight Computers to build The Racers’ Edge for a very specific purpose – to get the highest performance and quality iRacing simulation experience, which means getting the most out of my 49” widescreen 4k 144Hz gaming monitor.

WOW…what a system! It’s a premium price, but in this case you very much get what you pay for.

There is a price premium for custom computer systems that is almost never worth it, especially since I am perfectly capable of assembling my own rig. Top Flight Computers is more than worth the premium, because Top Flight Computers doesn’t just cobble together a bunch of parts bought on the cheap.

Chris’ rigs are purpose built, ENGINEERED hardware solutions, optimized for very specific requirements.

The Racers’ Edge is a perfect machine – lightning fast, reliable, and whisper quiet (despite NINE fans). The price premium for an engineered system vs. an assembled system is only worth it if the execution and the customer experience are flawless, and Top Flight Computers is all that and more.

Chris has built an incredible company in Top Flight Computers. It’s an immense challenge to build a successful computer hardware company, yet Chris has thrived despite this environment. He’s thrived because he understands how to run a business as well as he understands computer hardware.

Well done Chris – you’ve earned my business for life!”

Brian, Austin TX

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