Why I Designed It How I Did: Base 1080p ESports Gaming Computer

Why I Designed It How I Did: Base 1080p ESports Gaming Computer

Designing the right system for the current scenario is a core element of our mantra at Top Flight Computers. If you don't get the right parts, it doesn't matter how much you spend on your computer...you'll be stuck with expensive hardware that doesn't work well with your situation.

Base 1080p ESports Gaming Computer Overview

This Base 1080p ESports Gaming Computer is built around the AMD Ryzen platform, providing an very high amount of single-core speed, ensuring high FPS when gaming at 1080p.

Games are mainly single-threaded applications, so this system is built around a speedy AMD Ryzen 3 1300X quad core CPU, making it ideal for the vast majority of 1080p gaming at medium/high settings.

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System Design

This system has been configured with 4 high-speed CPU threads, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, a powerful and efficient GTX 1050Ti video card, and multiple storage options.

This Base 1080p ESports Gaming Computer performs well at 1080p on medium/high settings.

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We chose the Ryzen 3 1300X for its competitive single-core performance, attractive price point, and low thermal design power.

In 1080p resolution, a large chunk of the processing weight shifts to the CPU, and the Ryzen 3 1300X provides enough horsepower to power through most games, and properly feed data to the video card.

This provides a very stable platform for a multi-year gaming system.

AMD Ryzen 3 1300X 4-Core Processor

System Change: If you come across a need for more clock speed, or more cores, you can easily upgrade to a Ryzen 5 or Ryzen 7 with no need to change the system otherwise.

Please contact us if you have any other design questions or changes.


CPU Cooler

Stock AMD Ryzen 3 CPU Cooler

AMD Wraith Stealth CPU Cooler

We've opted to use the stock cooler from AMD, as it provides ample cooling capacity for the Ryzen 3 1300X.

System Change: If you come across a need for more cooling capacity, you can easily upgrade to a bigger air cooler with no need to change the system otherwise.

And, if you want to change to a closed-loop liquid CPU cooler, you still don't need to change anything else about the system, provided you don't attempt a 360mm AIO (that could require a case change).

If you are unsure if your cooling idea will work with this case, please contact us for further review and assistance.


Because we didn't opt for a multi-GPU ready motherboard, and still wanted a fair amount of tech, we chose a B350 series motherboard.

MSI is a very good manufacturer of motherboards, and has priced this motherboard at a very attractive level.

This motherboard has excellent power delivery, a simple visual design, two PCI 3.0 slots, support for an M2 NVME drive, and up to 64GB of memory.

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MSI B350 Tomahawk Motherboard

System Change: Please contact us if you have a question about a potential system upgrade being compatible with your motherboard.


Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB DDR4-2666 Memory

We went with 8GB of Vengeance LPX memory due to the extremely high quality of the internal chips.

This setup will give the user plenty of room for open applications.

The AMD Ryzen architecture benefits greatly from faster memory, so we’ve picked a relatively fast model.

System Change: The motherboard selected supports a maximum of 64GB of memory, in a 4x16GB array. Needing more than 64GB of memory would require a motherboard change as well as a CPU change.

Please contact us if you have any other design questions or changes.


The HDD was chosen for its high speed, relatively low cost, and high reliability.

Western Digital Blue 1TB HDD

System Change: If you come across a need for more storage, you can easily upgrade to a bigger SSD or HDD, with no need to change the system otherwise.

Please contact us if you have any other design questions or changes.


Zotac GTX 1050Ti 4GB OC Edition Video Card

The video card was chosen for its high memory capacity, powerful CUDA cores, and support for 4K resolution.

This video card has a very capable aftermarket cooling solution, and will prevent any sort of thermal throttling from taking place.

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System Change: If you come across a need for more graphical horsepower, you can easily upgrade your video card with no need to change the system otherwise.

Contact us if you have any other design questions or changes.


The case was chosen for its low cost, high build quality, and ample amount of cooling potential.

Phanteks Eclipse P300 Tempered Glass (Black) Mid Tower Case

System Change: Reasons for changing the case can be very hard to pin point.

If you have a question about the compatibility of the case selected with an upgrade, please contact us.

We suggest adding a second fan to have proper intake + exhaust air flow inside the case.


Power Supply

EVGA 500W Power Supply (afl)

EVGA 500W Power Supply

The power supply was chosen for its high build quality, ample power capacity, and respectable thermal efficiency.

A higher wattage PSU than necessary will also prolong the life of the unit, as it isn't being operated near peak load.

Using a high quality power supply means better power delivery, and cleaner power. Messy power can result in a system failure, corruption of data, or even a hardware crash.

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System Change: If you decide to upgrade any single major draw of power, you do not need to change the power supply. If you change multiple draws of power, you may need to upgrade the wattage on the power supply.

Please contact us if you have any other design questions or changes.


About Top Flight Computers

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

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