Nvidia’s RTX 3080 might be my favourite GPU to date; a card that combines high end 4K gaming performance, with support for both Ray Tracing & DLSS tech – all at an MSRP which truly raises the bar for high end graphics.
One of the most recent 3080 cards to launch comes in from MSI, in the form of their Suprim X. When we got this card into the office at the same as AMDs latest Ryzen 9 5900X, a bonkers 12 core, 24 thread CPU, we couldn’t resist building a PC this insane!
CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5900X
As I alluded to in the intro paragraph, this core is an absolute unit of a CPU. 12 cores and 24 threads make for phenomenal multi-threaded, multi-tasking performance that pave the way for editors and streamers to have an absolute field day.
When you combine that with it’s 4.8GHz boost clock speed, which knocks on the door of 5GHz it is a slightly bonkers proposition. With 105W TDP it is also surprisingly power efficient, but you will want to run a more hefty cooler than with a typical Ryzen desktop chip for obvious reasons (hint… POWERRRR!)
CPU Cooler: MSI MAG Coreliquid 360R AIO
When it comes to keeping the Ryzen 9 5900X cool, MSI come in strong with their MAG Coreliquid 360R. This 360mm cooler is a great AIO option, with a rotating head on the CPU block (keeping the dragon duly upright) and plenty of addressable RGB.
It also places the pump in the radiator, not in the CPU waterblock, giving plenty of options in terms of mounting orientation!
GPU: MSI Nvidia Suprim X RTX 3080
On the theme of POWERRR the MSI Suprim X RTX 3080 is about as good as it gets, a notch above MSIs own high-end Gaming X Trio cooler design this takes the fight well and truly to the door of the STRIX. Performance is top notch, as covered in more detail below, as is build quality which is the best I’ve seen on any AIB graphics card (excluding Nvidia’s own Founders cards). It’s a very heavy GPU, that fits more inside a triple slot form factor – but the cooler is nothing short of phenomenal.
RAM: Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB 32GB
Normally when it comes to choosing a RAM kit, I select something with a decent clock speed and RGB aesthetic. Today though, nothing but the best will do – and it doesn’t get much better than Corsair’s range topping Dominator Platinum kit – this SE, White kit will look awesome given our build colour scheme as well.
As if that wasn’t enough, up top are Corsair’s Capellix LEDs: the brightest on component RGB LEDs we’ve ever seen. Awesome stuff!
When it comes to budget ram, it doesn’t get much better thAN THIS!
SSD/Storage: Corsair MP600 Core 2TB
It’s a full house for Corsair on the RAM and SSD front, and here we have opted to go for the new MP600 Core drive. It’s a Gen4 drive with a snazzy heatsink and huge capacity options – this 2TB unit is perfect for storing a load of games, while getting the best load speeds! In our testing the Gen3 bottleneck on the motherboard didn’t really hinder performance much, if at all, which is also a win!
Keep scrolling for the rest of the components, but remember: we’ve uploaded a video version of this build below!
Motherboard: MSI X570 Gaming Edge
Choosing a motherboard for an AMD CPU is usually a pretty easy task – just go for the B550 chipset, and a board with all the gizmos you’re after. With that being said, I think the higher end X570 chipset is the one I’d feel more comfortable recommending for a CPU of this calibre, and this Gaming Edge board from MSI doesn’t break the bank, despite coming in more costly than its B550 alternatives. It has Wi-Fi build in as well which is a nice addition!
Case: Darkflash DLX21
I’ve used this case before, and was really quite impressed for the price point! 3D mesh up front with a nice, swing-door tempered glass side panel.
An integrated GPU support is also super handy for this build, and a great value add in a case of this price point. All in all, Darkflash have done a superb job here with a simple, well-rounded and well build chassis which does the basics well!
PSU: Corsair RM850x
When it comes to the power supply for this build, you will want to lean towards the cautious end of the spectrum. This 850W unit gives another 100W of headroom over the 3080-recommended 750W level. This extra 100W is really useful for our more power hungry CPU and the extra power requirement on this factory overclocked GPU choice. Anything that is fully modular, with an 80+ Gold or above certification will work nicely, with Corsair’s RM850x fitting the bill perfectly!
Performance & Benchmarking
It probably doesn’t take a gaming or PC hardware expert to declare that this is one powerful system, in fact it is one of the most powerful we’ve ever build. Once you start spending more money on components than we have here, you start really pushing the limits of modern hardware capability and paying a hefty premium for the privilege. This is reflected in the immense performance figures of this system, displayed below!
Games tested include: Apex Legends, COD Cold War, COD Warzone, Control, CS:GO, Cyberpunk 2077, Death Stranding, Fortnite, GTA V, Rainbow Six Siege, Valorant, Watch Dogs: Legion & Overwatch!
|Cyberpunk 2077||81 FPS|
|Death Stranding||154 FPS|
|GTA V||150 FPS|
|COD Black Ops Cold War||126 FPS|
|Rainbow Six Siege||364 FPS|
|COD Warzone||155 FPS|
|Watch Dogs Legion||133 FPS|
|Apex Legends||265 FPS|
|Cyberpunk 2077||58 FPS|
|Death Stranding||82 FPS|
|GTA V||118 FPS|
|COD Black Ops Cold War||81 FPS|
|Rainbow Six Siege||215 FPS|
|COD Warzone||91 FPS|
|Watch Dogs Legion||86 FPS|
|Apex Legends||136 FPS|
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Now that we’ve taken a look at how this system performs, there’s only one thing for it… let’s take a look at just how good it looks! Check out the full system gallery below, for some amazing shots of this immensely powerful Gaming PC Build!
…and for the video montage of this build, make sure to give our full build video a watch, but as always thanks for watching and reading and we hope you’ll join us for the next one!