The Grid

by Mario V Posted on: 12/4/2020

Build Description

I was so fortunate that not only was a 5900X available to me on Zen3 launch day, but a shipment of 3080 FTW3s were also in stock as well. The build pulls double duty for gaming and as an audio recording/production workstation for my various projects. I tend to play FPS like Battlefield and Overwatch, city builders like Cities Skylines, as well as open world RPGs like Fallout, and of course, this was built in preparation for Cyberpunk 2077. On the audio side, I've never had a faster workflow as I do with this machine. It breezes through multi track audio rendering in Reaper with tons of VSTs open. Flipping from one 32GB Superior Drummer 3 preset to another takes ages on my laptop, but this can do it in 7-8 seconds. The only upgrade I'm looking at for the moment is just a nice set of cable extensions to clean up the look some more, and perhaps the Strix Ryujin aio if I want to push my 5900X further.

Favorite Feature

Performance wise I have never had a PC with nvme drives. I jumped right from Sata spinners to these. Night and day difference in load and wait times. I know the Cooler Master MA620M isnt the best performer in its class, but I love how it's lines repeat the aesthetic the Lian Li Uni Fans have. Also that rgb strip on the FTW3 is beautiful.

Parts contained in build

AMD Ryzen 9 5900X Vermeer 3.7GHz 12-Core AM4 Boxed Processor
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X Vermeer 3.7GHz 12-Core AM4 Boxed Processor
Qty: 1 $549.99
ASUS X570-E ROG Strix Gaming AMD AM4 ATX Motherboard
ASUS X570-E ROG Strix Gaming AMD AM4 ATX Motherboard
Qty: 1 $299.99
EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 Ultra Gaming Triple-Fan 10GB GDDR6X PCIe 4.0 Graphics Card
EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 Ultra Gaming Triple-Fan 10GB GDDR6X PCIe 4.0 Graphics Card
Qty: 1 $809.99
 G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) F4-3600C16D-32GTZRC
G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) F4-3600C16D-32GTZRC
Qty: 2 $179.99
Lian Li O11 Dynamic XL ROG Tempered Glass eATX Full Tower Computer Case - Black
Lian Li O11 Dynamic XL ROG Tempered Glass eATX Full Tower Computer Case - Black
Qty: 1 $199.99
Super Flower Leadex III Gold 850 W PSU
Qty: 1 $139.99
Coolermaster MA620M Tower CPU Cooler
Qty: 1 $99.99
Samsung 860 EVO 2TB SSD 3-bit MLC V-NAND SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive
Samsung 860 EVO 2TB SSD 3-bit MLC V-NAND SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive
Qty: 4 $229.99
Samsung 970 EVO+ 500GB SSD V-NAND M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe 3.0 x4 Internal Solid State Drive
Samsung 970 EVO+ 500GB SSD V-NAND M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe 3.0 x4 Internal Solid State Drive
Qty: 1 $99.99
WD Black SN750 1TB SSD 3D V-NAND PCIe NVMe Gen 3 x 4 M.2 2280 Internal Solid State Drive
WD Black SN750 1TB SSD 3D V-NAND PCIe NVMe Gen 3 x 4 M.2 2280 Internal Solid State Drive
Qty: 1 $144.99
Acer Nitro XV272U Pbmiiprzx 27&quote; WQHD 144Hz HDMI DP FreeSync HDR IPS LED Gaming Monitor
Acer Nitro XV272U Pbmiiprzx 27"e; WQHD 144Hz HDMI DP FreeSync HDR IPS LED Gaming Monitor
Qty: 1 $299.99
Lian Li UNI FAN SL120 Fluid Dynamic Bearing 120mm Case Fan
Lian Li UNI FAN SL120 Fluid Dynamic Bearing 120mm Case Fan
Qty: 10 $29.99