Tempest | 1440p Gaming Computer

Short System Description, Long System Description, Hardware Selection Reasons

Short System Description

Tempest is a high-end 1440p gaming PC designed for gaming at 1440p resolution. This system was designed with a black/red theme in mind, and a preference towards low-noise operation. This build is designed around a 6-core Ryzen 5 3600X processor and an RTX 2070 8GB video card.

 
 

Long System Description

Tempest was our 53rd build, several years into running the business. At this point, I’d gained a good handle on lead generation and overall sales.

Chris found us at our booth at GalaxyCon Raleigh 2019 (our second time at this event). After talking to us for a few minutes, decided to take the conversation further and filled out a contact form for a high-end air-cooled gaming computer designed for 1440p gaming.

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

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

Hardware Selection Reasons

Processor (CPU): AMD Ryzen 5 3600X

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

Ryzen 3000 had just recently launched, and offered a very competitive performance across the board. In addition to the attractive performance, Chris 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.

Chris preferred the stronger upgrade path with AMD, and was willing to make an investment in Ryzen 3000 over Ryzen 2000.

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 fit better with the budget.

This cooler also looks nice in the case, making for a very sleek interior. Chris 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, robust design, and nice black/red theme. Gigabyte is also one of my preferred motherboard manufacturers.

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

Memory: Corsair Vengeance RGB 2x8GB DDR4-3200

I chose this memory kit for motherboard compatibility, speed with Ryzen 3000, robust design, and black/red theme. Corsair is also one of my preferred memory manufacturers.

Chris wanted a black/red theme, and understood my explanation of the build quality.

Storage (SSD): EX920 1TB NVME

I chose this SSD for robust design, high capacity, fast access times, and low cost. When Tempest was built, SSDs were very cheap, allowing us to use a 1TB model. HP is also one of my preferred SSD manufacturers.

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

Video Card (GPU): Asus RTX 2070 8GB ROG STRIX

I chose this GPU for performance in 1440p, black/red theme, and robust design.

Chris wanted high performance in his 1440p gaming workload, and understood my explanation of the build quality.

Power Supply (PSU): SeaSonic FOCUS Gold 650W

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

Chris wanted a gaming computer that would last, and understood my explanation of the build quality.

Case: NZXT H500 Black/Red

I chose this case for robust design, airflow, long-term stability, and a black/red theme.

Chris wanted a gaming computer that would last, and understood my explanation of the build quality.

Fans: 4x Corsair ML120 Pro Red

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

Chris wanted a gaming computer 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.