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.

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.

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Comments

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

I see a pattern here...


Brief purpose/intentions
Brief goal/color scheme
I chose this 'x' for 'y' reason/explanation.

Otherwise, nice work with all your builds. I like the black and red theme since I like those colors.

Back in the day, not speaking 1990s or early 2000 and when RGB wasn't around yet. Black/red or red all together was sort of the common, default, color scheme. Thank goodness for other color schemes did exist for everyone else's preferences. Some more effort then other colors since green, purple, gold, silver, chrome, pink etc. weren't exactly a common default color.

Oh wait that's still true since the default on modern tech is somewhat the same with RGB capabilities (gray, sliver, white, red, brown, black)... anyhow lovely work and I'm certain your clients will enjoy their new builds.

I see you posted 19 builds in a row to this day... Jinkies!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, that's the general pattern on my build blogs, haha. More focused on the builds themselves than the blog content.

Yeah, I just posted all of the other builds I'd done so far today. Boom.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, that's the general pattern on my build blogs, haha. More focused on the builds themselves than the blog content.

No worries. It's all good. Especially when you are making effort to put them together and to be certain that they work or to resolve whatever circumstance occurs ASAP.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Exactly :) My goal is to provide my clients with the right hardware for what they're doing, and help them when things go wrong.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Chris wonders why he is mentioned so frequently

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Like it. I saw a whole bunch of posts and realized you actually do build PC's as either a side business or main business. Good on you and hope you profit well from it.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! It's a side business for now, but I'm doing what I can to make it full-time at some point. Generally profit pretty well, yes :)

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Glad to hear it. Doing what we love to do but getting paid for it is the name of the game ;). Wish you all the best.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey did the mobo come ryzen 3000 ready out of the box?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

No, it's a B450 motherboard. Only X570 comes "Ryzen 3000 ready OOB", just like how B450/X470 was "Ryzen 2000 ready" but B350/X370 was not.

A BIOS update fixes this though, I bought an Athlon 200GE for B450/X470 builds with Ryzen 3000 chips.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats not true, some manufacturers update their bios before the product is sold so that they come ryzen 3000 ready.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually found the answer on gigabytes website saying all their am4 mobos come ryzen 3000 ready. https://www.gigabyte.com/us/Motherboard/B450-AORUS-PRO-WIFI-rev-10#kf

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, that's nice. At any rate, this B450 board was not Ryzen 3000 ready, I had to use the Athlon to update the BIOS.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

when was this built?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

About a month ago.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Great xD

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

What temps are you getting with the dark rock 4?