The Dragon: Command & Control Center - 2019 Build

by jkmalan Posted on: 11/25/2019

Build Description

The Dragon was a build in the works for about 6 months to accumulate the necessary parts and aesthetics without destroying my poor, poor wallet all in one go. Its purpose was primarily for gaming though it is also used for software development (personal and work related), cyber security (pentesting, malware analysis, cracking, etc), and entertainment (streaming and media server). When gaming, I aim for multiplayer usually Overwatch or PUBG though I spend a portion of time in single player games such as Fallout, Just Cause, Witcher and Civilization VI. I tend to contribute to a few open source projects in my free time and also do work in web development so it doubles as a fantastic development and testing environment, especially with the amount of tasks I can spin up thanks to the Ryzen 3700X.

My only two slight disappointments with the build, which I plan on changing in the future are that I didn't upgrade to a 2080 Ti (preferably the Gigabyte AORUS XTREME, cause its such a beautiful card), and that I didn't dump out even more money for a 3900X, which I likely will not be upgrading since it'd be overkill on my wallet for little extra visible benefit. Personally, I found this build to be an absolute pleasure to put together despite my sometimes questionable use of cable ties and not having more than 2 hands! Thanks to the use of a Corsair Commander Pro I managed to keep my fan and RGB cables neat and clean, but I admit that as far as cable management goes, its not my proudest work on the backside. C'est la vie ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

It provides all the performance you'd expect from the parts and I so far have not had any issues with any of the software or games I have run on it. It eats through gaming, streaming shows, and running multiple development servers simultaneously like a dream, but the unfortunate trade-off is that my beefy Zotac 1080Ti AMP Extreme spits out more heat than an average fireplace. Since I'm aiming for an upgrade in the future, this may rectify itself nicely since I know the airflow in the case keeps fresh enough thanks to 9 fans. All in all, my favorite build to date.

- jkmalan

Favorite Feature

Honestly, Im not typically an RGB fan but my use of minimalist RGB led components and light strip may have won me over. It just looks great. For real.

Parts contained in build

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6GHz 8 Core AM4 Boxed Processor with Wraith Prism Cooler
AMD CPU Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6GHz 8 Core AM4 Boxed Processor with Wraith Prism Cooler
Qty: 1 $299.99
Gigabyte X570 Aorus Pro WiFi AM4 ATX AMD Motherboard
Gigabyte Motherboard X570 Aorus Pro WiFi AM4 ATX AMD Motherboard
Qty: 1 $229.99
G.Skill Trident Z RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 PC4-25600 CL16 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit F4-320016D-16GTZR - Black
G.Skill RAM Trident Z RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 PC4-25600 CL16 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit F4-320016D-16GTZR - Black
Qty: 2 $89.99
Lian Li PC-O11 Dynamic Tempered Glass ATX Mid-Tower Computer Case - Black
Lian Li Case PC-O11 Dynamic Tempered Glass ATX Mid-Tower Computer Case - Black
Qty: 1 $134.99
EVGA GQ 1000 Watt 80 Plus Gold ATX Power Supply
EVGA Power Supply GQ 1000 Watt 80 Plus Gold ATX Power Supply
Qty: 1 $189.99
Samsung 860 EVO 1TB SSD 3-bit MLC V-NAND SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive
Samsung 2.5" SSD 860 EVO 1TB SSD 3-bit MLC V-NAND SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive
Qty: 2 $139.99
Samsung 970 EVO 500GB SSD 3-bit MLC NAND M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe 3.0 x4 Internal Solid State Drive
Samsung M.2 SSD 970 EVO 500GB SSD 3-bit MLC NAND M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe 3.0 x4 Internal Solid State Drive
Qty: 1 $89.99
Seagate BarraCuda 2TB 7200RPM SATA III 6Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Seagate Hard Drive BarraCuda 2TB 7200RPM SATA III 6Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Qty: 2 $49.99
Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound 3.5g
Arctic Silver Thermal Compound 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound 3.5g
Qty: 1 $9.99
Corsair Hydro H150i Pro 360mm RGB Water Cooling Kit
Corsair Water Cooling Kits Hydro H150i Pro 360mm RGB Water Cooling Kit
Qty: 1 $194.99
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit OEM DVD - English
Microsoft Operating System Windows 10 Home 64-bit OEM DVD - English
Qty: 1 $119.99
Microsoft Office Home and Student 2019 Windows 10 PC/Mac Key Card - 1 Device
Microsoft Office Suites Office Home and Student 2019 Windows 10 PC/Mac Key Card - 1 Device
Qty: 1 $149.99
Logitech Multimedia Speakers Z213
Logitech Speakers Multimedia Speakers Z213
Qty: 1 $29.99
ASUS ROG Swift PG278QR 27" WQHD 165Hz HDMI DP G-SYNC LED Gaming Monitor
ASUS Monitors ROG Swift PG278QR 27" WQHD 165Hz HDMI DP G-SYNC LED Gaming Monitor
Qty: 1 $529.99
Dell S2716DGR 27" WQHD 144Hz HDMI DP G-Sync LED Gaming Monitor
Dell Monitors S2716DGR 27" WQHD 144Hz HDMI DP G-Sync LED Gaming Monitor
Qty: 2 $399.99
Corsair LL120 RGB Hydraulic Bearing 120mm Case Fan with Lighting Node Pro - Triple Pack
Corsair Case Fans LL120 RGB Hydraulic Bearing 120mm Case Fan with Lighting Node Pro - Triple Pack
Qty: 2 $119.99
Kingwin 17 ft. RGB LED Flexible Strip Kit
Kingwin Case Lighting 17 ft. RGB LED Flexible Strip Kit
Qty: 1 $39.99
CableMod 6 + 2 Pin Extension Cable
CableMod Cables and Adapters 6 + 2 Pin Extension Cable
Qty: 1 $39.99
CyberPower Systems 1325VA UPS with LCD Display
CyberPower Systems Surge and UPS 1325VA UPS with LCD Display
Qty: 1 $138.99
 Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11 GB AMP Extreme Video Card
Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11 GB AMP Extreme Video Card
Qty: 1 $699.99