Metal Falcon | 1080p Gaming PC

Short System Description, Long System Description, Hardware Selection Reasons

Short System Description

Metal Falcon is an air-cooled workstation designed for MS Office, VMware, Starcraft 2, iTunes, Linux development/testing, and general applications. This build is designed around a 6-core Ryzen 5 2600X processor and a GTX 1660Ti 6GB video card.

 
 

Long System Description

Metal Falcon was our 39th build, several years into running the business. At this point, I’d gained a good handle on lead generation and overall marketing.

Karl and I connected on LinkedIn in Summer 2018. About a year later, he contacted me again to discuss a new workstation build.

Over the next few days, we figured out what he needed in the PC performance-wise and catered to his personal wishes.

I have no doubt Karl will return to us when he needs a new high-end workstation.

Hardware Selection Reasons

Processor (CPU): AMD Ryzen 5 2600X

I chose this processor for the high single-core and multi-core performance.

Ryzen 2000 offered a very competitive performance across the board. In addition to the attractive performance, Karl would be able to easily upgrade to a Ryzen 7 or even a Ryzen 9 as his needs changed. An Intel option may have been more powerful, but lacked a wide upgrade path, and cost more.

Karl preferred the stronger upgrade path with AMD.

CPU Cooler: Be Quiet Dark Rock 4

I chose this CPU cooler for the excellent cooling performance of air. While water does cool better, air is more reliable, and this cooler also runs extremely quietly.

This cooler also looks nice in the case, making for a very sleek interior. Karl agreed with the visual design, and understood my explanation of the reliability advantage.

Motherboard: Gigabyte B450 AORUS PRO WIFI

I chose this motherboard for socket compatibility and robust design. Gigabyte is also one of my preferred motherboard manufacturers.

Karl agreed with the visual design, and understood my explanation of the build quality.

Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 2x16GB DDR4-3000

I chose this memory kit for motherboard compatibility and robust design. Corsair is also one of my preferred memory manufacturers.

Karl needed 32GB of memory for his workflow, and understood my explanation of the build quality.

Storage (SSD): Samsung 860 EVO 250GB

I chose this SSD for robust design, high capacity, fast access times, and low cost. When Metal Falcon was built, SSDs were very cheap, allowing us to use a 250GB model for OS, programs, and general storage. Samsung is also one of my preferred SSD manufacturers.

Karl didn’t need more SSD space, and understood my explanation of the build quality.

Storage (HDD): Western Digital Blue 1TB

I chose this HDD for robust design, high capacity, and low cost. Western Digital is also one of my preferred HDD manufacturers.

Karl didn’t need more space for archival storage, and understood my explanation of the build quality.

Video Card (GPU): EVGA GTX 1660Ti 6GB XC Ultra

I chose this GPU for long-term performance and robust design.

Karl understood my explanation of the build quality.

Power Supply (PSU): EVGA 650W GQ

I chose this PSU for wattage, robust design, and long-term stability.

Karl wanted a workstation that would last, and understood my explanation of the build quality.

Case: NZXT H500 White

I chose this case for robust design, airflow, and long-term stability.

Karl wanted a workstation that would last, and understood my explanation of the build quality.

Fans: 4x Phanteks PH-F120MP

I chose these fans for robust design, airflow, static pressure, low-noise operation, and long-term stability.

Karl wanted a workstation that would last, and understood my explanation of the build quality.


About Top Flight Computers

Top Flight Computers designs high-performance custom-built computers. We specialize in workstations, gaming computers, and water cooling.

We are based in Cary, North Carolina, and we ship across the USA. Check out our previous builds and our page on Facebook.